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February 5, 2013

PastForward: Winnipeg's Digital Public History at Winnipeg Public Library

Released: 12:05 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Public Library is embarking on an exciting new, online experience to host local public history that is freely accessible to anyone, anywhere.

PastForward is a new website that will host digital copies of postcards, historical images, directories and documents, oral histories, and more. PastForward is a space to preserve and present digital information relevant to the public history of Winnipeg and the surrounding region. Through the collection and interactive display of these resources, the library is providing materials for research, for story-building, and contributing to a rich dialogue about our community - created by the community. Browse through history, look for familiar places or people, and add your own comments and information.

PastForward will launch with over 300 high-resolution postcard images of Winnipeg. The site will grow to include the Winnipeg Henderson Directories and will continue to evolve with new themes added regularly, from both the library’s collections and from the public. All contributions to the site will be for use in the public domain. All images will be available to download and print, including high resolution images.

PastForward Launch: Hear about the project and see the site in action

  • Learn about the historical importance of postcards, see demonstrations of the website, and browse a visual display.

Location: Cornish Library, 20 West Gate
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Digitization Days: Add to the Collection - Share your historic postcards

  • Do you have historical postcards of Winnipeg that you are willing to contribute to the project?  Book a time at our Digitization Days to scan your items with the help of a librarian and add them to the website. Appointments are up to one hour for the scanning of a maximum of 20 postcards. You will receive a DVD with archival quality scans of your items. Postcards only at this time, please. There will be more Digitization Days and more public history themes to come.

Location: Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
Dates: Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16
Time: Call 204-986-6489 for more information or to book your scanning appointment

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Last update: 05.02.2013

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