The DeWitt District Library has been selected as one of five finalists to receive the Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant from Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library. This $2,500 award will help improve access to newspaper articles that highlight our local history. If DeWitt District Library wins this grant, the funds will be used to digitize 10 years of fragile, one of a kind newspapers from the Clinton County Republican News dating from January 1, 1920 – December 31, 1930.
The pages within these newspapers are the best window into our community’s history. The span of newspapers nominated for digitization covers an era when Clinton County was made up of small town farming communities that were far less connected than the communities of today and will include coverage of both the Bath School disaster and the DeWitt’s Great Fire of 1930. Even though the library has these pages on microfilm, it isn’t the most accessible medium for research. Digitization would facilitate easier access to the information within these newspapers by allowing us to create an index and making it all accessible from a simple internet connection.
How to Vote
Votes will determine which of the five nominated libraries will receive funding. So the next step in this grant process is to ask our community for support by casting votes for the DeWitt District Library to win the Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant.
Voting will take place for just one week between January 19th and January 26th and may be completed in one of two ways.
The first voting method is to find or create a postcard featuring a Michigan scene, write #DigClinton on it and mail it to the Clarke Historical Library. Postcards must be postmarked on or after January 19th. Each postcard received by Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 5 pm will be worth 10 online votes. The Library will have voting postcards available for residents to fill out. Postcards should be mailed to:
Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
You can also click the image above to print this blank postcard on card stock and draw a Michigan scene on the back!
The second way to vote is by using Twitter. Starting Tuesday, Jan 19 and ending at midnight on Tuesday, Jan 26, log into your Twitter account and tweet #DigClinton @DigMichNews or follow this link to send a pre-generated tweet that already includes the correct hashtag. One tweet counts as one vote.
Remember, whether voting by postcard or via Twitter, make sure to write #DigClinton and which ever way you choose we encourage you to vote early and vote often.
Follow Clarke Library Twitter @DigMichNews to track the votes. More information about the contest is available at the Clarke Library website