April 23, 2012 / News

Volunteer project working to preserve yearbooks

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

Some ambitious volunteers with the Liberty Historical Society in Liberty, Ill., have been working on a project to scan old yearbooks from the Liberty School District and make them available for viewing online.

As reported by local newspaper the Quincy Herald-Whig, the Historical Society volunteers have gone as far back as yearbooks from 1942 with this project, preserving the books in case anything ever happens to the originals.

Project volunteer Bill Waters told the newspaper that the old yearbooks can be a valuable resource for students interested in studying their local history.

“They can talk about something happening in the ‘20s and look at pictures from the yearbook of the time from their own community. Even the ads are useful,” Waters said. “There are things you don’t normally think of in yearbooks besides faces, names and classes. It’s interesting, and it spurs a lot of conversation.”

Evan Blackwell, CJE
Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 14 years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.