Digital Memory Project Marks a Milestone with Event Nov. 1

October 27 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, an innovative digital memory project, will mark its first anniversary during ceremonies Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library Browsing section.

In just one year, this innovative digital memory project has accomplished many things - swelling to more than 31,000 items in its collection, going out to Sullivan and Knox counties, Clinton and Terre Haute in order for private individuals to be a part of the project and being recognized with the Indiana Library Federation's 2006 Collaboration Award.

"We certainly have a lot to celebrate and it would not be possible without the support and hard work of our community partners," Cinda May, project coordinator, said.

Those speaking at the Nov. 1 event include ISU President Lloyd W. Benjamin III, Myrna McCallister, dean of the ISU Library; Roberta Booker, Indiana State Library; and Elizabeth Monroe, Indiana University-Purdue University. A reception and exhibition featuring the role the community partners played in this project will follow.

The project is a collaborative project between Indiana State and 16 other community partners -- Billie Creek Village, City of Terre Haute, Clabber Girl Corp., Clinton Public Library, Coal Town and Railroad Museum, Eugene V. Debs Museum, Knox County Public Library, Little Italy Festival, Native American Museum, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Sisters of Providence, Sullivan County Historical Society, Sullivan County Public Library, Vigo County Historical Society and Vigo County Public Library.

Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, accessible by going to http://visions.indstate.edu, is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the rich history of West Central Indiana. The digital collection contains items such as artifacts, administrative and personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, yearbooks, maps, texts, oral histories and other audio and video files.

Karen Walker, Director of the Clinton Public Library said, "The opportunity to partner with the ISU Library means that our small library is able, at minimal expense, to preserve a unique collection of local resources and make them available to students of Indiana history. In so doing, we are promoting our library's collection as well as the rich history of the Clinton community."

The Vigo County Historical Society Museum, recognized for its History Living program, which it presents to all third, fourth and fifth grade students in Vigo County, is one of the project?s most active partners and is enthusiastic about its participation.

"Visions and Voices allows us to further our mission by sharing the rich history of Vigo County with a greater audience. The collaboration with the Indiana Humanities Council through its outreach program for teachers and students insures all of us an even wider exposure for this vast collection of information and images," said Marylee Hagan, executive director of the Museum.

Wabash Valley Visions and Voices participates in the Indiana Humanities Council SmartDESKTOP Initiative as a content provider for its Resource Connection. The Resource Connection offers Indiana's K-12 teachers and students a searchable database of content for classroom use that is aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards.

For more information about Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, contact Cinda May, Cunningham Memorial Library, at (812) 237-2534 or e-mail visions@indstate.edu .

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Contact: Cinda May, Cunningham Memorial Library, (812) 237-2534

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

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Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, an innovative digital memory project, will mark its first anniversary during ceremonies Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library Browsing Section.

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