Upcoming Westport Island History Project
Sponsored by the Maine Memory Network
“Everything just the same here, only more people. The girls are dancing all the time as usual and are just as fickle as ever.” …That was the note written on this postcard from Westport in August, 1909. More people? Dancing all the time? Fickle romance on rock island Westport? Makes me want to know more…and if all goes as planned, the Westport Island History Committee will soon be bringing snapshots and snippets of the Island’s yesteryear to a computer near you.
The Westport Island History Committee has been awarded a grant from the Maine Memory Network (MMN) for $650 to purchase a high quality scanner. The scanner and bundled software will allow the committee to upload photos and documents from our collection to the Maine Memory Network’s digital library.
The MMN is an on-line, digital library curated and maintained by the Maine Historical Society. Such libraries are revolutionizing access to historical information in small towns like ours that can’t afford a library or historical society building to showcase old photographs, family letters, and artifacts.
The History Committee will soon start the process of assembling a historical “town photo album”. This will be a significant undertaking. Committee members will be scanning photographs and documents, cataloguing scanned items, and chasing down identifying information and narratives.
The goal is to bring stories from the Island’s past alive, to make the information accessible, and to invite more interest and commentary from those with information, stories, and memorabilia to share. The quest is on to bring our lantern slides, photographs, and antique objects to life. This is so cool. Where to begin?…shall it be with….