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.”