The Friends of Marshall Public Library have decided to take on the next level of preservation for Marshall’s history. In order to do this, the library’s current microfilm collection, dating all the way back to the 1800’s, had to be converted into a special digital format. Converting these reels is a slow and costly process. The Friends of the Library have been working on this project since 2012. They started with 145 reels and have completed 88. The cost per reel is $90. All completed reels are searchable online by typing in a name, a date or a place.
So far the Friends have spent $8,000 on the project and need to raise an additional $5,000 to finish the project. Through generous donations, and the library’s new microfilm Memorial and Honorarium option, progress is being made. The Microfilm Memorial and Honorarium option is available to anyone who wishes to purchase a reel of microfilm in memory or in honor of someone special. For example, if someone you know is celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, you may purchase a reel of microfilm for the year they were married as a way to commemorate their anniversary or perhaps, you would rather purchase a reel to memorialize a loved one. With each purchase, a recognition card is permanently placed on the reel, a letter of commemoration is sent to the family, and a plaque is put on display in the library with the person or group being remembered.
If you would like to learn more, or donate towards this project, you are welcome to attend the next Friends of the Library meeting on September 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Dale McConchie Meeting Room, visit or write us at 612 Archer Avenue, Marshall, IL or call 217-826-2535.