A New Digital Scanner for the Historical Museum

Posted August 17, 2021 at 5:36 am by

The mis­sion of the San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety and Muse­um for the past 60 years has been to share and inter­pret the sto­ry of the peo­ples of San Juan Island. One way of doing that is through preser­va­tion of his­tor­i­cal pho­tographs of the island com­mu­ni­ty. In recent years over 4,000 pho­tographs have been researched, dig­i­tal­ly scanned and cat­a­loged into the Museum’s archive col­lec­tion which con­tains over 6,000 images and is growing.

The work is being done by ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers using 13-year-old equip­ment that is reach­ing the end of its long life and parts are no longer avail­able. To rem­e­dy this, we look to pur­chase a pro­fes­sion­al qual­i­ty, large for­mat dig­i­tal scan­ner. The new equip­ment offers numer­ous ben­e­fits such as tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments and the abil­i­ty to scan larg­er images than cur­rent­ly possible.

Begin­ning August 18 through August 22, dur­ing the Vir­tu­al San Juan Coun­ty Fair, the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion has pledged to match up to the first $1,000 giv­en to the San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety and Muse­um to pur­chase the scan­ner. This is part of the Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation’s Fair Match­ing Grant Pro­gram. Addi­tion­al bonus grants will be avail­able each day through the Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation’s Face­book page.

You can make a finan­cial con­tri­bu­tion and help us reach our fundrais­ing goal by vis­it­ing the Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation’s web­site at www.sjicf.org begin­ning August 18. Once there, select San Juan His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety from the fund-rais­ing cat­a­log that will be fea­tured between the 18th and 22nd.

If you pre­fer, you can also mail a check payable to SJICF, PO Box 1352, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250. Just be sure to write “SJ His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety” in the memo field and mail your check between the dates of August 18 and 22.

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