Our fourth year is off to a fantastic start as we bring in brand new projects, revitalize some old ones and continue with several more. Washington Rural Heritage will fund seven projects through funds made available by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
- Asotin County Library will partner with the Asotin County Museum to digitize historic photos, a collection of branding boards and various other items and artifacts in the museum’s collections.
- The Denny Ashby Library will create a collection documenting the small towns that once existed in Garfield County, including Columbia Center, Gould City, Mayview, Pataha City and Peola. Partners include the Garfield County Museum and citizens who will contribute items from private collections.
- Ellensburg Public Library will add the Building, Street Scenes, Town Views and Public School collection which will include images of primitive log structures and rural school houses as well as photos of ornate homes and early business buildings of downtown Ellensburg.
- Orcas Island Public Library and the Orcas Island Historical Museum will join forces to add to their existing collection that documents early island life through historic images, artifacts and documents.
- The Prosser Branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries will partner with the Benton County Museum and Historical Society and the Historic Downtown Prosser Association to create a collection around women in the valley, downtown Prosser, schools and dry-land farming/homesteading.
- The Sedro-Woolley Public Library and the Sedro-Woolley Museum will team up to digitize historic logging photos, pioneer photos and diaries, and items documenting the elephant escape of 1922.
- Whitman County Library will partner with several museums, historical societies, business and private citizens as it continues to digitize photos, documents and ephemera representing historic rural life from all parts of the county.
Congratulations to these Washington libraries!