“Preserving Photographs” project intern Kyleigh Becker discusses what it meant to her personally to work 13 weeks on the project where 450 photos of early life in Seward County were catalogued, digitalized and preserved. The project was made possible by a $3,500 grant given to the Seward County Historical Society from the Kansas Humanities Council. L&T photo/Earl Watt
• L&T staff report
The public and members of the Seward County Historical Society heard a presentation Sunday on the “Preserving Photographs” project and got to see albums with the 450 photos preserved so far.
The occaision was the annual meeting of the society where board members and officers were elected.
The “Preserving Photographs” project director Connie Whiteley introduced the project’s intern Kyleigh Becker, who discussed what it meant to her personally to work 13 weeks on the project.
Becker disclosed she’s a journalism major and doing the research, cataloging and writing cut lines for the photos would benefit her chosen career. She added it had taught her a lot of interesting items about Seward County’s early history, as well.
The 450 photographs that were catalogued, digitalized and preserved were just a few of the more than 3,000 old photos owned by the society, according to Whiteley.
The project was made possible by a $3,500 grant given to the Seward County Historical Society from the Kansas Humanities Council.
“KHC Heritage grants encourage the preservation of local cultural resources,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “The Seward County Historical Society’s project preserves the community’s historic photographs now and for future generations.”
The project focused on early Seward County photographs and tintype photographs, which will eventually be available on Seward County Historical Society’s website at dorothyshouse.com.
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