This past Wednesday, December 12, 26 students from Dixfield High School and Rumford’s Holy Savior School–along with adults representing the historical societies of Peru, Dixfield, Byron, Rumford, and Mexico–gathered at the Peru Elementary School for a digitizing extravaganza.
Part of the year-long Maine Community Heritage Project in RSU #10, the Western Foothills region of Maine, this scan-a-thon and digital photography session was an opportunity to get a lot of work done in a concentrated amount of time. While individual classes and historical societies have been working away at the project on their own, bringing most of the team members and current student participants together in one place and time allowed for cross-pollination among towns and generations.
Four scanners and two photography stations were set up, and numerous historic photographs and artifacts were turned into digital files that will be uploaded to Maine Memory, cataloged, and eventually appear in exhibits on the Western Foothills team’s MCHP website.
The session was so successful that MCHP team coordinator Nick Waugh, technology specialist at Dirigo Elementary School in Dixfield, says the group “ran out of stuff [to digitize] before their time was up.”