Do you care about local history?
How about genealogy?
If you could help unlock perhaps the greatest single collection of Lincoln County history, containing contemporary reports of local events from the 1870s to the 2000s, would you?
Do you like to dress up? Drink local brews? Listen to live music?
If your answer to any or all of these questions is yes, we invite and encourage you to attend the “Through the Pages” ball at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta from 6:30-11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22.
The ball will benefit the effort to digitize the complete archives of The Lincoln County News, as well as those of some earlier newspapers.
More than a digitization project, we think of this as a preservation project.
Some of these newspapers are so fragile, the pages crumble to the touch.
If we lose them, we lose a great chunk of our community’s history.
The newspapers – three pallets full – are now in Iowa, in the possession of a firm that specializes in the digitization of old newspapers.
The library, to which this newspaper is deeply grateful, has raised some 80 percent of the roughly $50,000 necessary for the project, mostly from a few substantial gifts.
We hope Friday’s event, with proceeds from ticket sales, donations, beer sales, and a silent auction, will close the gap.
Details about the event are available elsewhere in this edition.
We look forward to seeing you there.