Hopewell Valley History Project: Discover Hopewell Valley History from Home

by Douglas Dixon

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 pm
Webinar via Zoom
Registration Required – See Below

The Hopewell Valley History Project is a new volunteer effort to collect and save our local heritage in digital form, and share it online for open and convenient access (HopewellHistoryProject.org).

Since last summer, we have collected over 150 primary references – including historic books, documents, maps, and aerial images – posted in digital format for immediate access and viewing. To visualize history, we have collected over 650 historic images from postcards, photos, and drawings. And to bring these all together, we have developed a prototype Hopewell History Map so you can interactively explore historic and current-day properties, along with associated images and documents.

In this presentation, we’ll begin by briefly explaining the background of this work and provide a tour of the materials that are currently available. But the real fun comes in digging in and uncovering history, so we’ll walk through an example of investigating the beginnings of public libraries in Hopewell.

So join us to explore the possibilities of this work for your own history. And please take a look around your own files and closets to see if there are other materials that you could contribute to this effort. The work is the result of the kindness of local organizations, collectors, historians, and other enthusiasts – so more are welcome!

Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant and writer, specializing in Web technology, databases, and digital media. He previously was a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff. Doug created the History Project and developed its websites. He is a board member of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and is managing the new HVHS website, along with the Hopewell Public Library website.

Co-sponsored by Pennington Public Library, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and The Hopewell Museum, and made possible in part by a New Jersey Historical Commission history regrant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Registration Required (and more info): PenningtonLibrary.org/HopewellHistoryProject

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