I recently was contacted by Christy Bellah, PEACH Cataloging Librarian of the Weatherford Public Library who said she had just come across my blog, Genealogy Traces. Finding that I have a lot of family ties to Parker County on my blog, she thought I would be interested in hearing about an exciting project at the library. They recently received a grant to allow them to digitize and make accessible online, historic documents, photos and oral histories relating to Parker County history.She invited me to a public meeting October 6 where they presented exciting news about a grant funded project the library will be undertaking between now and August of 2012. The project is called “Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History” or “PEACH”. Staff unveiled this project and sought to enlist the assistance of all those community organizations that are involved in chronicling, collecting, organizing and preserving the history of Parker County.
As Dale Fleeger, Director WPL stated, "Weatherford Public Library (WPL) has long been one of the repositories of books, documents, pictures and other collections of family, city and county histories. Now with a grant WPL received we will move the preservation of these materials from traditional to next generation – digitizing these items for long term storage. The grant will also allow the library to catalog each item and make these items available to the public through the library’s public access catalog."
To learn more about PEACH and this exciting project, contact the Weatherford Public Library at 817.598.4160.
The PEACH Project is made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Belden, Dreanna L.. Parker County Courthouse, Photograph, April 14, 2006; digital image, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth13090 : accessed October 08, 2011), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries, Denton, Texas.
email from Dale Fleeger, Director, Weatherford Public Library, 1014 Charles Street, Weatherford, Texas, September 29, 2011 to Judith Richards Shubert, firstname.lastname@example.org