Rumford Historical Society seeks to copy family treasures

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RUMFORD — The Rumford Historical Society is seeking to copy (digitally scan) original documents and take three-dimensional photographs of artifacts from the Civil War era, 1861-1865. These may be in family photograph albums, on living room shelves, tucked away in an old strong-box or languishing in some dusty trunk in the attic.

The society would like residents to bring their family heritage treasures to the Rumford Public Library between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Oct. 11. Staff will scan the paper documents, and photograph the items, and immediately return them to the owners to retain. Written permission will be asked in order to use the information on the Maine Memory Network, a digital historical project of the Maine Historical Society.

The Maine Historical Society and the Maine Humanities Council have partnered in this state-wide study. The title of this investigation is: “Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War.”

Past digital history of various towns in Maine can be found on the Maine Historical Society’s website, for anyone interested in reviewing what has been done in other towns last year. Earlier local history events can be found by checking out the Maine Memory Network at foothills.mainememory.net.

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A $2000 grant was awarded to the RSU 10 School Administrative district, the Rumford Public Library and the Rumford Historical Society for this study of the impact of the Civil War on Rumford’s citizenry, as well as those soldiers/sailors who actively participated in the war.

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