Contribute memorabilia for online ISU database

February 4 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Two groups at Indiana State University are looking to showcase the school’s history in an online collection.

The Hulman Memorial Student Union Board has teamed up with Wabash Valley Visions and Voices to sponsor ISU Treasure, an event where memorabilia and documents can be scanned for inclusion into a searchable online digital database.

Students, staff and alumni may bring ISU items from any time period to Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede II from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Indiana State students, with guidance from Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, will be scanning and photographing items, such as meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, shirts, photographs, trophies, and buttons.

Event organizers are especially interested in student organizations and campus life.

“We want to document what goes on outside the classroom day after day, year after year,” Kaelynn Hayes, a Union Board member organizing the event, said. “Campus activities, such as Homecoming and Tandem, are already in the database. We want to broaden the scope to include student groups, organizations and residence hall activities.”

ISU Treasure will take place the same day the university is celebrating Founders Day. Hayes said the event ties in well since it celebrates the collective history of Indiana State.

“We want to show appreciation of our history and to encourage students to be a part of that history,” Hayes, a sophomore history major from Danville, said.

People or organizations with large collections are encouraged to contact Cinda May, Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, to make an appointment to get their materials scanned and documented at a later time.

The collected material will be able to accessed through the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices Web site.

“We want everyone to go to that Web site and check out what was collected,” Hayes added.

Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, established in April 2004 and publicly unveiled in October 2005, is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the rich history of west-central Indiana. The digital collection contains artifacts, administrative and personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, yearbooks, maps, texts, oral histories and other audio and video files.

A collaborative effort involving the Wabash Valley's libraries, museums, cultural organizations and community groups, the region's history can be accessed via the internet at http://visions.indstate.edu .

ISU students, staff and alumni are invited to join Union Board for a showing of the movie “National Treasure” on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Cunningham Memorial Library.

For more information on ISU Treasure, contact Hayes at khayes9@mymail.indstate.edu or May at 812-237-2534.

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Contacts: Kaelynn Hayes, Hulman Memorial Student Union Board, at khayes9@mymail.indstate.edu

Cinda May, Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, (812) 237-2534 or cmay3@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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