Volume 25, Number 2
"Scan Day" Set for March 5 at Mead
Scan Day at Mead Public Library
will be held on
Saturday, March 5,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the
Rocca Meeting Room at
Mead Public Library.
Do you have photos of City of Sheboygan people, places, events, buildings, in family photo albums? Letters, memoirs, posters or artwork? Or do you have souvenirs or other artifacts related to the history of the City of Sheboygan?
Cultural heritage isn't found only in libraries and museums. It's found in homes where family mementos are preserved and photos are cherished. Do you have photos of a game at the Sheboygan Armory, or your children visiting Santa at Prange's or marching in a July 4th parade? Help capture this vitally important part of our community's heritage and preserve it for future generations.
Scan Day on March 5 will kick off a series of events and exhibits that will preserve and highlight the history of the City of Sheboygan. Scan Day offers an opportunity to preserve for posterity personal items that have a connection to the City of Sheboygan.
The initial Scan Day event will be held with the help of ResCarta Foundation in the Rocca Meeting Room at Mead Library on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up to 20 photographs, letters, diaries and artifacts may be scanned. No appointment is needed to have items scanned at this first event.
Larger items and artifacts may be brought to Scan Day on March 5 or call for an appointment for items that need to be photographed, or for photos larger than 8.5 by 11 inches.
All items to be scanned must be personally owned and have some connection to the City of Sheboygan. For example, photos must have been taken in the City of Sheboygan. Artifacts can range from business calendars, products made in Sheboygan, school banners, to commemorative plates.
For photos, it is helpful to have as much information as is known including when and where the photo was taken and names of those in the photos.
Items that are copyrighted, such as professional photographs, will not be scanned unless written permission is obtained from the copyright holder. Participants will receive a copy of the digital scans on a portable digital storage device.
With the owner's permission by signing a Deed of Gift, the images will be made accessible through Recollection Wisconsin, a statewide digital repository that contributes content to the Digital Public Library of America. The Eastern Shores Library System sponsors the Ozaukee and Sheboygan Memories project through Recollection Wisconsin. (Signing the Deed of Gift to share the images is not required to have qualifying items scanned.)
There are additional opportunities to have City of Sheboygan items scanned by appointment beginning in April and into 2017.
Appointments will be available at Mead Public Library from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates: April 5 and 21; May 3 and 19; June 7 and 16; July 5 and 21; August 2 and 18; Sept. 6 and 15; Oct. 4 and 20; Nov. 1 and 17; Dec. 6 and 16. Other times available by appointment.
Scanning also will be available by appointment at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 21, June 18, and Oct. 15; and noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10.
To make appointments or for more information, call the library at 459-3400, ext. 3422. Additional scanning opportunities will be announced later this year.
In addition to the Scan Day project, and as part of the NEH grant, Mead Library will partner with three other local history organizations in a series of activities.
Tamara R. Lange and David Reese, of the Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum, will develop exhibits featuring selections from digitized sources and will offer Brown Bag programs about the exhibits on June 21 and Sept. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the museum.
Mead Library will host a six-part series of public lectures on local history by Beth Dippel, the director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. These programs will be held on the third Thursdays, April through September, beginning at 6 p.m. in the library's Rocca Meeting Room.
Later this year, James Willaert, of the Wade House, will offer a related set of public events, "Restoring the Past," inviting visitors to participate in hands-on historic restoration activities.
"Preserving the History of Sheboygan through Digital Images" has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
This grant funds equipment for Scan Day events in the community, programs and exhibits featuring City of Sheboygan history.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"Cheeseheads" a Big Hit!
More than 300 attended the Sheboygan premiere of "Cheesheads: the Documentary" on Jan. 31 at the Weill Center. The free event, including an after-party at Mead, was sponsored by the Friends of Mead Public Library and the Mead Public Library Foundation.