Macon Library grant will help preserve local history

Over the years, people have called Muriel McDowell-Jackson, devastated after they lost photos or other sentimental objects in a house fire or some other family tragedy.

They often turn to McDowell-Jackson, the head genealogy librarian/archivist for the Middle Georgia Regional Library, hoping that some portion of their history has been previously preserved in the library’s archives.

With the help of a $247,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, midstate residents will have more local history at their fingertips -- eventually without having to leave their homes.

The Washington Memorial Library will work with the Jefferson Institute, an independent research organization, to develop a custom database that will allow photos, documents, manuscripts and other content to be digitally preserved and web searchable. Residents are encouraged to bring family documents such as photos and birth certificates to the library to be included in the database.

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