Lee-Whedon receives grant to digitize old Medina newspapers

Posted 20 August 2019 at 7:49 am

Photo courtesy of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library: Heidi Ziemer, Outreach & Digital Services coordinator of the Western New York Library Resources Council, presented a check to Catherine Cooper, director of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library. Also present for the presentation were Suzanne McAllister and Kristine Mostyn of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, Sheryl Knab, executive director of Western New York Library Resources Council; (in back from left) Tom Bindeman, director of the NIOGA Library System; and David Schwert, trustee of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library.

Press Release, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

MEDINA – Lee-Whedon Memorial Library has been awarded a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases Project Grant for $6,225 to fund the continuing digitization of the Medina Daily Journal and The Journal-Register newspapers.

The grants are made available through the Western New York Library Resources Council. This is the third grant the library has received for the project. Local newspapers from 1865 through 1972 are now accessible online through www.nyshistoricnewspapers.org

Medina’s history and growth were nowhere better chronicled than in the local newspapers of the day. Fortunately these have been preserved, first in bound volumes, later on microfilm.

This microfilm has been an invaluable resource for local historians and genealogists and has been heavily accessed over the years. Online access to these newspapers provides a broader access and has proved to be very popular, said Catherine Cooper, director of the library.

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