The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) has been awarded a $12,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant spanning January 2018 through June 2019.
SCLSNJ will be collecting, cataloging, and preserving the collective memories of Somerset County residents.
Utilizing a suite of digitization equipment including seven (7) high resolution scanners, a lightbox, a digital single-lens reflex camera, and more; as well as the expertise of SCLSNJ’s archival and historical librarians, the Library will be providing residents the opportunity to both preserve and learn about their own history and that of their neighbors.
Somerset County residents should bring no more than 5 items to each digitization session, including:
- Historic photographs, letters, or documents;
- Sketches, paintings, or other artwork;
- Family heirlooms including recipes;
- Jewelry or decorative arts;
- Textiles such as quilts, samplers, flags, or uniforms;
- Antique toys;
- And, other artifacts.
2018 Digitization Dates
April 7, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch
May 12, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch
June 23, 1-3 p.m.
Hosted offsite at the Franklin Township Library
July 21, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch
September 22, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch
October 20, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch
November 17, 1-3 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch
“Public institutions like the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey serve as a critical resource to communities across the nation. This federal investment will help preserve New Jersey’s diverse culture while showcasing the rich history found throughout Somerset County. I applaud the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey for embarking on this unique educational initiative that will serve generations of New Jerseyans to come.”
“We are excited and honored to receive such a grant to continue to preserve the history, culture, and diversity of Somerset County.”
“This grant will enable the Library System to expand upon a historical-memories initiative that was announced during the celebration of Somerset County’s 325th anniversary in 2013. This is an excellent opportunity to preserve the memories and mementos of the diverse citizens who call our county home.”
The following community organizations will be partnering with SCLSNJ through the course of this eighteen-month project: The Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County; The Courier News/MyCentralJersey.com; the Franklin Township Public Library; the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; and Somerset County Historical Society
The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey Common Heritage initiative has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these Library programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.