Preserving Printed History For Future Generations
Thumb Newspaper Preservation Project is dedicated to providing an online archive for the tens of thousands of pages of newspapers published over the past 110+ years in Michigan’s upper “Thumb Region.”
Many of these newspapers, dating back to the early 1900s, are available for viewing via outdated microfilm at thumb area Libraries. Access is limited to those who are willing to physically visit the individual libraries during regular public hours. Furthermore, searching microfilm requires the user to have a publication name and a general publication date to locate a story of interest.
Today, Thumb Newspaper Preservation Project is working on an exciting partnership that will make the archive accessible 24-hours- a-day and searchable with keywords and phrases which are certain to return some exciting but (perhaps) unexpected results!
Yesterday’s Newspapers meet
Today’s Digital Technology
It’s an amazing journey for some old, brittle newspaper pages to find their way into a digital home where they can be preserved forever.
A small group of history-loving volunteers have been working for several years to secure funding for this huge preservation project. Initially they believed they had conquered some hurdles of uses digital scans of the newspaper for archive retrieval. But then more hurdles jumped in the way.
But they’re very close to some even better solutions and are looking forward to offering the world a place to visit to find the news of your past.
Thank you for your patience and support.