‘One fire away’: Why Ontario communities are digitizing their newspapers – TVO50 December 9, 2020

I saw this recently – ‘One fire away’: Why Ontario communities are digitizing their newspapers: https://www.tvo.org/article/one-fire-away-why-ontario-communities-are-digitizing-their-newspapers. This society had a fire Gulfport (Florida) Historical Museum/Society Labor Day 2018 Fire, but it only damaged the exterior of the building and was noticed before it spread to the interior.

As COVID-19 accelerates the closure of publications across the province, there’s a growing sense of urgency to make sure records of local history survive

By Marsha McLeod – Published on Dec 09, 2020

In the spring of 2017, Allan J. MacDonald set out to preserve fragile copies of Glengarry County’s newspapers in a more permanent location: the internet. With 25 years of experience at the Archives of Ontario behind him, MacDonald had the right skills for the delicate task. So, nearly a decade into his retirement, he tackled the job as Glengarry’s county archivist — a volunteer role.

In the spring of 2017, Allan J. MacDonald set out to preserve fragile copies of Glengarry County’s newspapers in a more permanent location: the internet. With 25 years of experience at the Archives of Ontario behind him, MacDonald had the right skills for the delicate task. So, nearly a decade into his retirement, he tackled the job as Glengarry’s county archivist — a volunteer role.

With the help of a vendor, which digitized each page, the collection is now available on the Glengarry County Archives’ website; the earliest editions date back to 1887 for the now-defunct Glengarrian and to 1892 for the Glengarry News.

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In 2018, inspired by MacDonald’s efforts, Eric Duncan, former mayor of North Dundas, began championing a wider digitization project in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. A year later, Duncan pitched the county council on a plan to digitize each of the counties’ newspapers and create a text-searchable, online archive. That project, estimated to cost about $200,000, is now well underway. Then, last month, Duncan took a similar idea to the council of the nearby city of Cornwall. 

“We are one fire away in a few different spots, potentially, of wiping out generations of our history,” Duncan, who was elected MP for the riding of Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry in 2019, told Cornwall’s council — adding, though, that he was speaking not so much as an MP, but as a member of a volunteer committee that was formed last year to shepherd a digitization project in the city.

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https://www.tvo.org/article/one-fire-away-why-ontario-communities-are-digitizing-their-newspapers

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