Celebrate Benton City heritage Oct.2

The Benton City Branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries will unveil the Kiona-Benton City Heritage Digital Collection with an Open House celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The library received a Washington Rural Heritage grant to preserve historic materials documenting early culture, industry, and community life.  The library has scanned and archived about a hundred local photos and items dating back to the early 1900’s.  The Open House party will introduce residents to the collection with a brief presentation at 10:00 a.m. and ongoing photo slide show.  Residents are invited to celebrate local heritage and learn how they can contribute to this new public history collection.

In October, the images will become available online for browsing as part of the Washington State Rural Heritage collection.  The collection features many glass negatives circa 1904 donated by Chuck and Betty Morgan, and includes local artist Bob Dunlap’s paintings of Kiona and Benton City historical landmarks.  Other images show founding families, railroad, irrigation, and farming. 

Project partners Karolina Lorz Foundation and the Kiona Benton City Historical Society helped the library select items.  Library volunteer Beth Kauer conducted copyright research and digitized, cataloged, and uploaded local history items.  The project is managed by Benton City Library Supervisor Rebekah Kinney-Murphy.

The Washington Rural Heritage grant was awarded by the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library Division, funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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