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Library receives grant to digitize microfilm

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The James V. Brown Library was the recipient of $169,000 in grant funding from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The funds will be used to digitize the library’s local newspaper microfilm collection of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and its predecessors, the Grit, and other local publications, which cover the years from 1807 to the present.

While the total grant amount was for $169,000, $167,619 was awarded from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund and $1,381 was from the Dr. Randall F. Hipple Fund. When this project is complete, the area’s history and its people as documented in local newspapers will be available for keyword search both in the library and remotely.

Once digitized, the information will be used to enrich and enable research into family history, and the history of community organizations. Digitizing local history allows it to be meaningful and significant. Additional funding support also was provided by the Lycoming County Historical Society.

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