The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) notified Friends of Marshall Public Library on April 28th 2016, they have been chosen to receive a national grant from the DAR in the amount of $2500. The Special Project Grants program was started by the DAR in 2010 to support projects in local communities that promote their mission of historic preservation.
The local Walter Burdick Chapter NSDAR, wrote a letter of sponsorship for the Friends of the Library, in the application process. The Friends sought grant money from DAR to complete their digitization of microfilm reels for local Marshall newspapers since 1849. Completing this project will provide residents a higher level of preservation to Marshall’s history. The Friends have been working on the digitization project since 2012 and have completed $8000 of the cost so far.
The DAR receives hundreds of grant applications each year, making competition high. Library director, Alyson Thompson, said, “We are honored to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR and we feel fortunate they have chosen (Marshall Public Library) to assist us in completing our newspaper digitization.”
The NSDAR was founded in 1890 as a service organization, to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.
To learn more about Marshall Public Library’s digitization project you may call the library at 217-826-2535, or search the library’s genealogy webpage featuring Clark County Newspaper Archives.