Pre­serv­ing lo­cal his­tory through news­pa­per­sBy

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - Daryl Tuck­erPos­si­bly

the great­est his­tor­i­cal trea- sures to be found in the doc­u­ment col­lec- tion of the Springville His­tor­i­cal Society are the vol­umes of The Springville Herald that were do­nated by the pub­lisher dur­ing the many years the news­pa­per in­formed the cit­i­zens of that com­mu­nity of lo­cal hap­pen­ings and the peo­ple in­volved. The col­lec­tion in­cludes an­nual vol­umes from 1924 un­til publi­ca­tion ceased in the ear­lier years of the cur­rent cen­tury.

The Springville His­tor­i­cal Society is cur­rently in the process of hav­ing the news­pa­pers dig­i­tized and made avail­able to the pub­lic at www.utahdig­i­tal­news- papers.com. Through co­op­er­a­tion with Springville City, the Springville Pub­lic Li­brary and the Utah State His­tor­i­cal Re- cords Ad­vi­sory Board, grants have been ac­quired to help bring this project to re­ali- ty. Cur­rently dig­i­tized copies are avail­able on­line at the be­fore men­tioned web­site for the years be­tween 1924 through 1963, with 1964 through 1969 in the process of be­ing added. A debt is owed to Chris Baird and Serve Daily for con­tin­u­ing the preser­va­tion of lo­cal his­tory and mak­ing archived copies avail­able on­line. So­cial me­dia is a tremen­dous means of what used to be called “spot re­port­ing,” but noth­ing can re­place a printed news­pa­per as a way of pre­serv­ing lo­cal his­tory. Long live the print­ing press!

Progress in com­plet­ing the dig­i­tiza- tion of the re­main­ing vol­umes of The Springville Herald will be re­ported here in the fu­ture with more de­tails on how to search and ac­cess the ar­ti­cles.

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