Every newspaper produced contains invaluable historical information. Unfortunately, due to the poor quality of the paper they are printed on, newspapers are not easy to preserve in their original form. In order to save the content, historical organizations need to capture images of past newspapers. This used to occur through microfilm technology; now it occurs through digitization.
The Morrison County Historical Society has been working with the Minnesota Digital Library to digitize a large collection of bound volumes of the Pierz Journal newspaper in its collections through a project called “Save the Pierz Journals.” This digitization is imperative because the newspapers have deteriorated to the point where the public no longer has access to them and only a few were microfilmed over the years.
Because of the size of the collection, the cost to digitize half of the Pierz Journals is $30,000. To date, the Morrison County Historical Society has raised $1,325 for the project. The Morrison County Genealogy Society has promised to donate another $300 toward the project if private donors will match the amount. Contributions can be made online at the Morrison County Historical Society’s website, http://morrisoncountyhistory.org/ via the GiveMN.org button or by mailing a check to MCHS at PO Box 239, Little Falls, MN 56345, with a note in the memo line that it is a matching donation.
Thus far the Minnesota Digital Library has digitized volumes between 1909 and 1913. These newspapers can be accessed at MDL’s Minnesota Reflections website: http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/.
For more information, contact the Morrison County Genealogy Society at 320-632-2375 or the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007.
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We have exciting news this morning. We knew it was going to happen soon, but we didn’t know when. One of our regular history informants, Larry from the Hesch History blog, sent us an email telling us that the Pierz Journal newspapers we’ve had digitized through the Minnesota Digital Library are now online. Wooooooohoooooooo! It’s happy dance time! (Picture an image of Snoopy doing his Snoopy dance. That’s us!)
The issues that have been digitized run from 1909 through 1913. They do not appear under the Morrison County Historical Society’s collection, but under the Minnesota Newspapers Collection. You can also do a search for “Pierz Journal” and they should appear.
Have at it, researchers, and let us know what you think. If you like what you see, consider giving us a donation toward the digitization of the volumes through 1923. (See the Save the Pierz Journals link in the right sidebar.)
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On December 7, Becky Parker of Lakeland Public Television visited the museum in order to interview Ann Marie and I about our Save the Pierz Journals project. The segment aired last night, but if you missed it, you can view it on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvYe1FzLnJM&context=C3e2127cADOEgsToPDskImf8EgbcLmb0YJnfQ8DvTu
We’re very pleased with how the segment turned out. Thanks to Becky for her work on it.
If you want to make a donation toward digitizing the Pierz Journals, click on the button in the sidebar to contribute through GiveMN.org. Or, if you want to rock your donation in an old-school way, send a check to the Morrison County Historical Society, PO Box 239, Little Falls, MN. Include a note to designate the check for the Save the Pierz Journals project.
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