Moving into the 21st Century
Here at Old Jefferson Town, volunteers are continuing to find ways to share the rich history of Jefferson County with the community of today and of the past.
Social Media provides the museum volunteers with the tools to do that a little easier and cost effective. Please be patient with us as we learn and grow.
KSHRAB Digital Grant
The Jefferson County Historical and Genealogy Society was awarded a $3000 grant from the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (KSHRAB) to work towards bringing the Old Jefferson Town historical archives to a digitized format. The digitized format is now available to not only Jefferson County, but others across the United States and world.
The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (KSHRAB) seeks to encourage Kansas organizations and individuals to preserve records of the past by offering a digital grant to aid in the process of digitizing records into a shareable format to the public. Their funds are granted from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Volunteers from the OJT museum began working January 10th, 2021 to enter the thousands of objects, photos, archives and library items into a software program purchased with the grant money. The Past Perfect Software offers organization of the records that have been kept on paper for the past 50 years. The digitizing of the museum artifacts will make researching easier, not only at the museum, but also from the comforts of your home. The Past Perfect system allows us to locate the items in the museum quicker if you want to come and see an item in person.
While the project is progressing much more quickly than ever imagined, please understand that this project is a 3-5 year project. When working with each record entered, each item can take anywhere from 4-10 minutes to enter. That’s a lot of volunteer hours. Just to give you an idea of what we have to work on...there are over 30,000 photos in our file cabinet that need to be scanned and data documented. In the museum buildings alone, I’m guessing that there are at least 5,000 - 10,000 objects that will need to be photographed and data entered. Our genealogy library is growing each day, there are over 5000 books in the library. There are thousands of family files and obituaries that someday could be scanned and connected to families and names in our system.
There are some ways that you can become involved in this project. If you have an hour or two a week or every couple of weeks, we can keep you busy. We are in need of volunteers who can scan photos and documents, file clippings, and assist with the cataloging of the numerous library books and photos that we house in our genealogy library. No experience is necessary, we will train you.
Volunteer hours are: Tuesday’s 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Saturday’s 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
If you are interested in becoming a part of preserving Jefferson County’s history, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Access to Museum Collection
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Our volunteers have been working diligently since January of 2021 to provide you with access to Old Jefferson Town artifacts. You will want to check in with us frequently as we add more to our public access catalog.
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