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Grant allows historians to digitize Idaho newspapers

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Officials with the Idaho State Historical Society say they have secured a $250,000 grant to digitally preserve thousands of pages of old Idaho newspapers. Officials with the Idaho State Historical Society say they have secured a $250,000 grant to digitally preserve thousands of pages of old Idaho newspapers.
BOISE, Idaho -

Officials with the Idaho State Historical Society say they have secured a $250,000 grant to digitally preserve thousands of pages of old Idaho newspapers.
    
KTVB-TV reports that the grant will pay to digitize 100,000 pages of Idaho newspapers published between 1864 and 1923.
    
Steve Barrett, with the society, says Idaho's newspaper archive was converted to microfilm in the 1980s. The microfilm now fills racks inside the society's facility, but officials are determined to keep up with technology.
    
The microfilmed newspapers will be digitized, where the pages will be posted on the Chronicling America website through the Library of Congress.
    
Executive director Janet Gallimore says that having the pages digitized allows more public access to the important historical archive.
    
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