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Items sought to be scanned for Md. Digital Cultural Heritage website

November 07, 2012

The Western Maryland Regional Library and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts are looking for items created between 1859 and 1867 that reflect life around the time of the Civil War and early Reconstruction periods.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, items that tell your family’s stories can be scanned for inclusion in the statewide collection of Civil War material online at the Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage website, www.mdch.org/civilwar

The Hagerstown event is part of an effort by the Maryland history libraries and museums to make available to the public Civil War material owned by individuals. The material can refer to any location — it does not need to relate to Maryland. Items to be scanned must be originals (not photocopies) and should not be copyrighted. 

To have your items scanned, make an appointment to bring them to the museum between 9 a.m. and  3:30 p.m. Participants can choose to have their names posted on the web or remain anonymous, and may choose to receive a copy of the scans. The images will become a permanent part of Maryland’s heritage, online at MDCH. 

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For an appointment, or to ask any questions, call contact Jill Craig at 301-739-3250, ext. 142, or jcraig@washcolibrary.org.

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