Historical Society Hosts Free Photo Scanning Event

Free Photo Scanning Event

Executive Director Mickey Miller and Director (right) and Claudia Houston (left) admire some of the photos currently in the Historical Society collection.

Your Family, Your City, Your History Seeking Photos of Local History

The New Bern Historical Society is inviting the community to scan their old photos for free and in the process to assist in creating a digital and physical archive of the history of New Bern.  This event, Your Family, Your City, Your History will be Saturday, September 17th at the New Bern Historical Society, Attmore-Oliver House 511 Broad Street, New Bern.  Participants will be able to have up to 10 personal photos or documents digitized by New Bern Historical Society staff and volunteers. They will receive a disc and free cloud storage with their digitized photos. Attendees may also share copies of their historic documents and photos with the Historical Society.  There will be a presentation by Claudia Houston, which will provide education and tools for collecting, organizing and safeguarding photos, documents, videos and memorabilia for current enjoyment and for future generations.

Mickey Miller, Executive Director of the New Bern Historical Society is pleased to present this opportunity. “This is a great tie with the education component of our mission.  People will be able to see the Attmore Oliver House and some of our collection at the same time that they learn about, and take steps to save their own collection.  And, they will have the opportunity to talk with our Curator, Jim Hodges if they have photos they would like to share. We are especially interested in photos of local businesses, organizations and the African-American community.”

There are two sessions: Morning from 10am-12pm or afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. This is a free event, but space is limited. Those interested may call the New Bern Historical Society at 638-8558 to RSVP for either session. A reservation is necessary. This effort is part of the APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) Save Your Photos Month in September.

The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education.  Offices are located in the historic Attmore Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.  For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go NewBernHistorical.org or Facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.

Submitted by: Kathy Morrison, New Bern Historical Society

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