1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: , Price: Free
Area residents are invited to Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center to bring their photographs, diaries, letters and other keepsakes from WWI for digitization by a CSL-trained team equipped to capture images of objects as well as oral histories. The digital images and stories collected will be added to the Connecticut State Library’s online archive and made freely accessible for public use.
Digitization Day is being offered by Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center and the Ridgefield Historical Society as part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Funded by a Common Heritage grant given to Connecticut State Library by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Digitization Day aims to create a repository of the stories of ordinary men and women who served on the front or at home during the war.
Items to be digitized should pertain to the WWI era (defined as 1914-1919) or, if post-war, must clearly reference WWI (e.g., artwork depicting the war). They must be related to wartime, home front activity, or other war efforts; owned by the individual; and be original. Post-war items related to WWI veterans—including those who served on the Mexican Front in 1916—will be accepted. No photocopies, photostats, or copyrighted materials will be digitized. Items do not need to be Connecticut-related provided that the person submitting them is a Connecticut resident. Full details about items to bring and the CSL World War I archive may be found at http://ctinworldwar1.org/
Further background on the project will be available at “Connecticut in World War I,” a lecture by Connecticut State Library’s Christine Pittsley at Ridgefield Library on Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m.
Digitization Day at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center is free, but registration is required and should be made online at www.keelertavernmuseum.org/
For more information about Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I: