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In early July, SMSU received nearly $70,000 in Federal Library Services and Technology Act grant money to convert photographic images from the late 19th century to a digital format. Mike Smith has the story:
Administered by Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt and the Missouri State Library, Federal grant money was, on July 2nd, presented to SMSU for use at the Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science at the SMS Mountain Grove campus. The grant, totaling $69,923, comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act and will be used to convert to digital format, glass slide photographic images showing the history of the State Fruit Experiment Station which was established in 1899.
Sarah Parker is the Missouri State Librarian. She and SMSU Dean of Library Sciences Karen Horny agree that the images represent show an important part of the regions agricultural history and need to be preserved on a digital format.
Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt, whose office oversees the Missouri State Library, says the grant money will be put to good use, and will help to decrease the digital divide that now exists within our society.
Of the nearly 1300 photographic images showing the history of the State Fruit Experiment Station, (now SMS Mt. Grove Campus) some date back to 1897. Reporting for KSMU News, I'm Mike Smith.