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Monday, 15th February 2010

KC Library Project Will Do a Digital Compilation of Civil War-Era Documents and Photos

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Thousands of Civil War-era letters, photos and military papers are tucked away in institutions all over what had been the notoriously violent Kansas-Missouri border.

To see them, you would have to visit each site. And many items would be too fragile to handle.

The Kansas City Public Library is leading an effort to get all those documents in one place where anyone can see them anytime — the Internet.

The library has announced it received a $43,469 Missouri State Library grant to begin the digitization project and Web site, dubbed “The Missouri-Kansas Border: Where the Civil War Really Began.”

After the planning phase, the library will request additional grants to complete the project.

“This Web site will educate the local community, nation and the world on the critical role that the people and the communities of this region played before and during the Civil War,” said Henry Fortunato, the library’s public affairs director.

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A similar project for the Springfield area is at www.ozarkscivilwar.org.

Source: Kansas City Star


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