201 Franklin Turnpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430
The Mahwah Museum is delighted to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). The grant will support a one-year pilot program to digitize newspaper clippings from the museum’s collections. A community building project, we seek the help of students, teachers, history buffs,
museum members, and our neighbors to work together to learn about and preserve our history. The clippings will be stored in a database indexed by names and organizations.
“We have boxes and boxes of old newspapers clippings in our archives, but they are unorganized and we can’t easily find information when we need it. This grant will help us tell the story of our region’s past in exhibits and help us to help researchers,” said Cathy Moran Hajo, the Museum’s archives director. “Best of all, the articles are fun to read.”
The Museum will organize meetings and workshops to train volunteers and digitize the clippings, which cover many local towns.
Volunteers will scan clippings and describe them in a database, which will be available for research at the Museum. Look for the first organizational meeting on April 16, 7:30 pm at the Museum.
The NJCH awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. The Mahwah Museum is one of nine New Jersey institutions to be awarded an incubation grant. “The Grants Committee was particularly impressed by the level of sophistication of the project, experience of the project team in doing this kind of work, and opportunities for social bridging inherent in the project,”
says Gigi Naglak, Director of Grants and Program at NJCH. “We hope this incubation period will be an opportunity for you to connect with other newspaper digitization initiatives and find model projects both near and far that may provide inspiration.”