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General News · 20th May 2020
When we started the process of applying for a Documentary Heritage Communities Program grant over six months ago, the archives team at the Cortes Island Museum had no idea how relevant our proposed project would be. The Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society is now proud to announce that Library and Archives Canada has awarded us a substantial grant to create an online home for our collection of archival photographs.

Over the next two years, Jill Milton, Valerie Wernet and Donna McLaren will digitize almost 4000 photographs. In addition to funding this massive digitization effort, our grant will allow us to partner with Canadian software company Andornot to create a custom website for the collection. Via this “Discovery Interface,” community members, researchers, and museum staff and volunteers will be able to access archival images or search our archival database from anywhere in the world. It will really unlock the archives!

Like all the places where we study, work, play and gather, the Cortes Island Museum is still negotiating how to move forward in a way that promotes the health of the Cortes Island community. As soon as it’s safe, we’ll get started with all that digitizing. The Archives Committee will be hard at work behind the scenes for the next year or so, and we’ll be sharing updates and some of our favourite images as we go along. Thanks to our partner, Library and Archives Canada.