State Grant Provides New Historical Materials
Michiana Memory, a website of the St. Joseph County Public Library, provides free access to local historical materials through a partnership with the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and IU South Bend Archives. Thanks to renewal of the LSTA Indiana Memory Digitization Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services of the Indiana State Library, Michiana Memory will have the opportunity to add new documents and photographs to the online archives.
Most of the new materials will supplement the existing Civil Rights and African American History collection. In addition to oral histories about African American history, other new materials will include Latino History collections and the first collection of LGBTQ history in the Michiana community.
“I am excited that we will have another year to collect and make available not only the voices of the African American community, but the Latino and LGBTQ communities as well. This collaborative work will further enrich our knowledge of the diverse Michiana region,” said Darryl Heller, new Director of School and Community Engagement for IU South Bend (and Director of the CRHC).
A Scan-a-Thon event will be held in October of 2015 at the downtown location of the St. Joseph County Public Library to celebrate the enhanced website. Michiana Memory will also be honored with a special guest speaker discussing local civil rights history in February 2016 at the Natatorium.
“It’s wonderful to have received 2016 funding for this grant, and I really look forward to collaborating for another year with the grant partners. I’m excited that this grant gives us the opportunity to include voices not yet heard before: local Latinos and folks from the LGBTQ community,” said Indiana University South Bend Archivist Alison Stankrauff.
Michiana Memory was launched online in February 2015 after the St. Joseph County Public Library reached out to the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and IU South Bend Archives to combine their collections related to local African American and civil rights history. Since its launch, thousands of guests have accessed the historical materials.
The collections can now by accessed by visiting Michiana Memory: https://michianamemory.sjcpl.org