Library launches photo archive to honor local veterans

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Scanning day set for October 21

The Canton Public Library and the Canton Veterans Services Department have collaborated to honor local heroes by launching an online photo archive, collecting and cataloging images from Canton’s service families past and present.

libraryPlease help us create a digital archive to remember and honor Canton’s service families. Members who served in any branch of the armed services, who now or formerly lived in Canton, or residents with close relatives whose service they wish to memorialize in this way, are all welcome to participate. The archive will be made accessible on the library’s website and ultimately become part of Digital Commonwealth.

All you need to do is bring up to three photographs that are special to you. The library staff will scan them and record information about the photograph. You are also invited to bring memorabilia that staff members will digitally photograph. Consider composing a short, descriptive summary to accompany each photograph or item, including why it has special meaning to you. Photograph data forms will be available online and in the library.

A session to scan and immediately return photos will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room of the library. No appointment is necessary. Light refreshments will be served.

“This project will offer local veterans a great opportunity to share the photographic history of their military service with the Canton community,” said Carolyn Elkort, Canton Public Library outreach librarian. “It is a chance to not only preserve and save old family photos, but also allow those family photos the chance to tell the history of veterans from Canton.”

For more information, please contact Carolyn Elkort at 781-821-5027 or go to library.canton.ma.us.

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