By Eric Pottie
You may recall back in early October, I talked about a partnership between South Shore Public Libraries and a company named Dadavan to create a virtual museum and a collection of photos and articles.
These historical items focus on Lunenburg and Queens counties and can be viewed and uploaded by anyone in the community. This project is now up and running at www.collections.southshorepubliclibraries.ca. This week I’d like to talk more about it because we are soon having a kick-off event.
What will you see on this site? Photos with captions and commentaries on various slices of South Shore life, such as fishing, oxen, disasters and the LaHave River. The website is a dynamic historical hub where residents can upload and share their own treasured photos, stories, artifacts and more. Plus, viewers can add their own comments and questions. The library’s website also provides access to over 100 years of The Bridgewater Bulletin, dating back to 1898.
This project is a great opportunity for community members to share pictures and treasures while keeping the originals in their possession. So, if you have a photo that you think is really interesting and captures life in Queens or the South Shore, please send it in with some background details.
Right now, the majority of the collection comes from Lunenburg County, with The Bridgewater Bulletin and the Lahave River Trail Association leading the way. I challenge readers to add local content and create a rich representation of Queens County history.
The public is invited to the official launch of the new virtual library and, at the same time, mark Bridgewater's 119th birthday at a live demo kick-off event. This will be held at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library at the LCLC on Feb. 13, beginning at 2 p.m. Start thinking about what you or your group would like to share and then come join us to experience the virtual library!
The Thomas H. Raddall library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays 12-4 p.m. and closed Mondays.
The Alean Freeman Library is open Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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