In the two years since forming its digital images archive, the Old Bristol Historical Society has collected a little more than 2,500 of its ultimate goal of 10,000 images. On Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Bristol Mills Congregational Church, co-presidents Chuck Rand and Belinda Osier will share images from the archive while at the same time demonstrating how newly purchased software will enable the public to search Bristol’s visual past.
PastPerfect is a collections-management software commonly used by museums, archives, and historical societies. In addition to cataloguing collections of objects, photos, books, and archives, it also offers numerous ways for users to search these collections.
In their talk titled “Searching Bristol’s Past: a Demonstration of the PastPerfect Software,” Rand and Osier will show how easily users will be able to search the Old Bristol Historical Society digital images archive for specific images of places or people, or how best to browse by subjects or dates. As at past archive talks, numerous images of old Bristol will be shown.
The Old Bristol Historical Society continues to seek images to include in the archive. Those who have photographs that they are willing to loan for scanning (to be returned) or that they wish to donate are asked to please contact Rand at 553-0034 or Osier at 653-6685.