Learn How to Preserve Local History at a Conference at ISU July 18 and 19

June 26 2006

TERRE HAUTE, IND. - The digitization and preservation of local history will be among the topics covered at the Digital Initiatives and Nearby History Institute at Indiana State University July 18 and 19.

Sponsored by the Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project with additional support from the ISU department of History, the ISU Research Center for Local History and Culture, the ISU Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, Clabber Girl, Folkart by May and Mic's Pics, the conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cunningham Memorial Library.

The Digital Initiatives and Nearby History Institute aims to provide professional development programs at a modest cost for individuals involved in libraries, museums and historical societies. The Institute is also open to Wabash Valley residents who have an interest in local history, but who are not library or museum professionals.

Sessions will include "Digitization Basics," presented by Michael Jarrell, ISU Library; "Dating Photographs," presented by Malcom Moore, photographer; "Researching Your Historical Building," presented by Jeremy Risen, Historic Landmarks of Indiana, Western Regional Office; "Organizing for Success: Characteristics of Highly Effective Historical Organizations," presented by John Harris, director of Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society; and "Saving Our Stories: Digitizing Oral History Interviews," presented by Paul Asay and Amy Jackson, ISU Library.

Jeannie Regan-Dinius, special projects coordinator for the Division of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology, will speak at a luncheon July 18.

The two day Institute is divided into technical and special topic tracks, but registrants may attend sessions in either series on one or both days. All participants will have the opportunity to visit nearby history sites such as the Eugene V. Debs Museum and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

The Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project is dedicated to the documentation and the preservation of the region?s history and cultural heritage in print, pictures and sound. As a collaborative effort involving the Wabash Valley's libraries, museums, cultural organizations, community groups and area residents, WV3 provides open access to its digital collections via the Internet, and promotes remembrance and lifelong learning for all Hoosiers.

Cost of the two-day conference is $35 per person. The cost to attend one day of the conference is $25. Students can attend both days for $15 or $10 for one day. Representatives from Wabash Valley Visions & Voices partner agencies will receive a discounted rate. Deadline to register for the Institute is July 10. To register, contact ISU's Office of Community and Professional Programs at (812) 237-4011. Conference and registration information can be found at http://visions.indstate.edu/documentation/institute.html.

For more information about the Institute or Wabash Valley Visions & Voices call Cinda May at (812) 237-2534 or e-mail visions@indstate.edu .

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Contacts: Cinda May, Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, (812) 237-2534

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

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The digitization and preservation of local history will be among the topics covered at the Digital Initiatives and Nearby History Institute at Indiana State University July 18 and 19.

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