Special Collections and Archives and the Crabbe Library hosted Eastern's first ever Archives Month event last night. The event unveiled two new websites created with archival materials and resources using Omeka software. Both websites are fully functional, but are still works in progress, so have more features yet to come.
Madison's Heritage Online was developed by Kathryn Engle. Kathryn wanted to make the column "Madison's Heritage", written by Dr. Robert Grise and Dr. Fred Engle, more accessible to researchers. To do this she tracked down, organized and digitized over 2000 vignettes of local history that had appeared in the Richmond Register since 1969. These articles are now searchable and are more accessible than ever before.
Historic Madison was developed by Daniel Weddington to provide online accessibility to Madison County Rediscovered, by Lavinia Kubiak. This out-of-print title is full of information about the historic architecture of Madison County. Daniel retyped the information in the book, organized and digitized the photographs and added additional functionality, such as virtual tours of various locations built with Google maps. These tours can also be opened on a smart phone allowing users to access the information during a walking or driving tour.
Dr. Rob Weise also talked about the importance of archives in his research and the importance of preserving the records for future scholars. Dr. Weise received the 2011 Collins Award for a recent article in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
Special Collections and Archives staff would like to give a big thanks to all who worked so hard to make this event a success.