Community History Scan-A-Thons And ‘Picturing Pierceton’ Presentation Scheduled For June 22-23

June 17, 2024 at 4:44 p.m.
This early view looks north from the alley toward Market Street. These brick buildings, constructed shortly after a fire in 1895 destroyed all the frame buildings on this side of the street, still stand today other than the Hayes Block and the Record Building to the far right. Photo Provided.
This early view looks north from the alley toward Market Street. These brick buildings, constructed shortly after a fire in 1895 destroyed all the frame buildings on this side of the street, still stand today other than the Hayes Block and the Record Building to the far right. Photo Provided.

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PIERCETON — Do you enjoy learning about Pierceton history and reminiscing about past times?
At the Pierceton Community Building, 105 W. Walnut St., at 2 p.m. June 23, there will be a free presentation of “Picturing Pierceton: Images of Our Town, Then and Now,” according to a provided news release.
Pierceton native Joan Hostetler, a historian and archivist in Indianapolis, will showcase dozens of photos, particularly of the downtown commercial blocks, submitted by residents for the Whitko Community Digital Image Project. Hostetler has been gathering the history of the community since 2010 and is compiling the “Encyclopedia of Pierceton,” an updated town history.
The digitization project, sponsored by the Pierceton Library, will host two scan-a-thons this weekend to copy local history photographs and memorabilia. Bring items of the Whitko community either to the Pierceton School alumni banquet at the Pierceton Elementary School from 4 to 8 p.m. June 22 or to the Pierceton Community Building between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Scan-a-thon reservations are recommended; contact [email protected] or 317-771-4129 to reserve a time for your items to be scanned.
The community archive seeks photographs and documents from any era of houses, businesses, barns, rural or everyday life, interesting people, snapshots and portraits, town pioneers, churches, schools, school activities, class photos, clubs and organizations, soldiers, street scenes, etc. Project staff find that people are too selective. So, when in doubt, bring along your album or box and they will help you select the items. They only need copies and will scan and return your originals at the event. Write pencil captions on the back and place them in a folder with your name on it, according to the release.
To view a sampling of items copied so far, visit the “Memories of Pierceton” Facebook page or Indiana Memory, a database of the Indiana State Library at http://cdm16066.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15078coll28.
Pierceton School yearbooks from 1948 to 2007 are digitized and keyword searchable at the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/whitkocommunitydigitalimageproject.

PIERCETON — Do you enjoy learning about Pierceton history and reminiscing about past times?
At the Pierceton Community Building, 105 W. Walnut St., at 2 p.m. June 23, there will be a free presentation of “Picturing Pierceton: Images of Our Town, Then and Now,” according to a provided news release.
Pierceton native Joan Hostetler, a historian and archivist in Indianapolis, will showcase dozens of photos, particularly of the downtown commercial blocks, submitted by residents for the Whitko Community Digital Image Project. Hostetler has been gathering the history of the community since 2010 and is compiling the “Encyclopedia of Pierceton,” an updated town history.
The digitization project, sponsored by the Pierceton Library, will host two scan-a-thons this weekend to copy local history photographs and memorabilia. Bring items of the Whitko community either to the Pierceton School alumni banquet at the Pierceton Elementary School from 4 to 8 p.m. June 22 or to the Pierceton Community Building between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Scan-a-thon reservations are recommended; contact [email protected] or 317-771-4129 to reserve a time for your items to be scanned.
The community archive seeks photographs and documents from any era of houses, businesses, barns, rural or everyday life, interesting people, snapshots and portraits, town pioneers, churches, schools, school activities, class photos, clubs and organizations, soldiers, street scenes, etc. Project staff find that people are too selective. So, when in doubt, bring along your album or box and they will help you select the items. They only need copies and will scan and return your originals at the event. Write pencil captions on the back and place them in a folder with your name on it, according to the release.
To view a sampling of items copied so far, visit the “Memories of Pierceton” Facebook page or Indiana Memory, a database of the Indiana State Library at http://cdm16066.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15078coll28.
Pierceton School yearbooks from 1948 to 2007 are digitized and keyword searchable at the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/whitkocommunitydigitalimageproject.

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