Troy University giving Wiregrass residents chance to preserve their history

Posted: Wednesday, 15 June 2016

DOTHAN-Troy University's Wiregrass Archives is giving Wiregrass residents a unique opportunity to preserve their history.

As part of the ongoing Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, the University presents the first of two Community Scanning Days this Saturday, June 18, at the Downtown Branch of the Dothan Houston County Library

The event, which lasts from 1 to 5 p.m., allows residents to bring in up to 12 photos, letters or other items to be scanned by teams that will collect relevant indexing information. Residents will receive a digital copy of the scanned items and may also donate digital copies to the Wiregrass Archives, which will share them through an online database.

"Community Scanning Days provide opportunities for the people of the Wiregrass region to digitize and preserve forever many of their family documents," said Dr. Robert Saunders, co-director of the Wiregrass Common Heritage Project. "These events likewise will generate an extraordinary bounty of historical information that researchers can use for piecing together the social and cultural history of the Wiregrass. In the final analysis, history is the story of people and their culture-and family documents often serve as the foundation from which the richness of the past can be learned and passed on."

The Wiregrass Common Heritage Project is funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant received by the University's Wiregrass Archives and the History Department at the Dothan Campus.

The second Community Scanning Day takes place Saturday, June 25 at Landmark Park. These events are free to the public.

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Wiregrass Common Heritage Project Co-Directors Dr. Marty Olliff and Dr. Robert Saunders.