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Norwalk World War I Digitization Day

By Norwalk Historical Society


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Young Norwalk soldier, Henry Charles Reardon, posing in his WWI uniform. Dust off your WWI family photos, keepsakes, memories and stories and bring them to be digitized and recorded by the Connecticut State Library on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park. Learn more at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Henry Charles Reardon, Norwalk History Room, Norwalk Public Library/contributed photo)
Photos, letters, documents and souvenirs help bring the story of World War I back to life. In an effort to help preserve these memories and this significant part of our history, the Norwalk Historical Society, the Norwalk Public Library and the Rowayton Historical Society will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library to hold a WWI Digitization Day on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT. Limited parking on site, follow signs to overflow parking. Norwalk area residents are being asked to find their WWI related items and stories and bring them to this event to be digitized so they can be included and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive. The stories, photos, letters and keepsakes can be from anywhere in the world, as long as the person bringing them to the event is a Connecticut resident. Please register at www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-846-0525.

Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One Digitization Days, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, give Connecticut residents an opportunity to have their WWI photos, letters, keepsakes and stories preserved for future generations. During these events State Library staff record the stories and digitize the photos, letters, medals, keepsakes or objects saved by the men and women who served over here and over there. Their stories and digital images are then made freely available online and will be preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive so that their efforts and sacrifices are never forgotten. The Remembering World War One project has been holding WWI Digitization Days at libraries, museums and community centers around the state since 2014.

For more information about this event please contact the Norwalk History Society at 203-846-0525, info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org. To learn more about the Remembering World War One project or other upcoming events please visit: ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at |http://ctstatelibrary.org | http://www.museumofcthistory.org/ | http://twitter.com/LibraryofCT | http://www.facebook.com/CTStateLibrary

About the National Endowment For The Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

About The Norwalk Historical Society
The Norwalk Historical Society was incorporated in 1899 with the purpose of promoting and
encouraging historical research in Norwalk. That vision is kept alive today with the continued
focus on “the research, preservation, and promotion of interest in the history of Norwalk.” The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About the Norwalk Public Library
The Norwalk Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, and independent learning in a welcoming environment, and to the joy of reading for our wonderfully diverse community.

About The Rowayton Historical Society
The Rowayton Historical Society was founded in 1959 to preserve Rowayton’s vibrant history by maintaining and exhibiting its archives, memorabilia and artwork. Membership and public meetings are held regularly during the year at the Seeley-Dibble-Pinkney house including special programs and speakers. Displays and exhibits, addressing the history of our region, are open to the public.




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