The South Lyon Herald is one of four Michigan newspapers competing for preservation. Sponsored by Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library, the DigMichNews Grant will digitize up to 4,000 pages of a Michigan newspaper and make them available online. If selected, The South Lyon Herald will become part of the Michigan Digital Newspapers Database, located at https://digmichnews.cmich.edu.
The Salem-South Lyon District Library needs help from the community to make this happen. From Jan. 14-19, send a postcard with a Michigan image and the message: #DigSouthLyon to Clarke Historical Library, 250 E. Preston St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859. Postcards must be postmarked between Jan. 14 – 19. From Jan. 20-25, cast your votes on Twitter by tweeting the hashtag #DigSouthLyon. Each postcard is equivalent to 10 Twitter votes, and there is no limit to the number of postcards or tweets you can submit.
“Our microfilm is slowly deteriorating, and the grant would ensure that the newspaper is accessible for generations to come,” said Amelia Yunker, head of Adult Services. “Recent technology advancements, including an update to our website, have shown the fragility of past efforts to preserve our local history. With the help of the Clarke Historical Library, we hope this will be the first step to ensure regular and reliable access for our patrons.”