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Pioneers in your attic: Preserving migration legacies

Article Date: 
13 September, 2013 (All day)

If you have precious manuscript materials about your ancestors coming across the plains, consider sharing it with a new project coming to the Morgan County Library on Sept. 19, 2013, from noon to 6 p.m.
The Weber State University, Stewart Library Digital Collections department will hold scanning events with skilled professionals and professional scanning equipment.  No appointment is necessary to participate in these events, just bring your historic items with you.  Participants will leave with the items they brought in for scanning and a digital copy of their images.  
The Utah Academic Library Consortium, in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Library, will launch a pioneer legacy digital project wherein 19th century overland migration will be examined from every aspect: transportation, trail and camp life, Indian deprivations or encounters, diseases, medicine and surgery, politics and government, gold rush, religion, company organization, path finding and, wherever  possible, perspectives from non-traditional viewpoints (women, children, minorities, etc.). 
The Pioneers in Your Attic: Preserving the Legacy of the Overland Migration project will focus on manuscript materials created during the period of 1842-1869 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life on the frontier during the period of overland migration. 
These items range from single letters and diaries to photographs and substantial collections of correspondence between pioneers and family at home.  These first-hand accounts, often in fragile or deteriorating condition, are carefully guarded treasures that many families are reluctant to relinquish.  By scanning these items and providing online access, the Legacy Project will allow individuals to retain their original items, yet preserve the intellectual and historical content of these valuable documents.  
Pioneers in Your Attic will be a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize and provide world-wide access to the private documentary heritage of the pioneer era located throughout Utah, Nevada and Idaho.  Utilizing a network of regional connections, Pioneers in Your Attic: Preserving the Legacy of Overland Migration will provide individuals an opportunity to have their historic letters, diaries and other collections scanned to preserve and provide access to their valuable intellectual content.  
Please contact Jamie Weeks – jweeks@weber.edu – 801-626-6486 for more information.