Do you have photos or memories from loved ones that you want to make sure are preserved for generations to come? Maybe you want to more about your family history but aren't sure where to start? Washington County Library has the equipment, technology and knowledge to help you learn and preserve your history! Check out the resources below to learn about new programs and initiatives throughout our system that may help you preserve those special memories and discover your heritage.
Convert old slides into digital images that can be safely stored and saved electronically! R.H. Stafford Library now has converter equipment to help you take on this project for free. If you'd like to learn more about using the converter and image software, join us at R.H. Stafford Library for the following workshops:
This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Learn more about these classes and register.
Thanks to funding from the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Valley Library now has interview equipment for you to document and preserve your oral history.
Andrew Maxwell-Parish, a librarian at Valley Library, is using this equipment to preserve the histories of local people and veterans living in the lower St. Croix Valley. Andrew says he has lived in that area for two years, and says each time he was inspired by the interesting stories he would hear from people who lived in the area for long time.
"When I mention the project, a lot of people think they don’t have any special knowledge about this area but I’ve found as soon as you start asking them questions, they have a huge amount of interesting stories," Andrew said. "The interview is really just a conversation and it would be great to record as many of these conversations as possible." The project will focus on:
If you live in the Lower St. Croix Valley area or know someone who does, we would love to hear your stories!
Schedule an interview time online, stop by Valley Library, or call 651-436-5882 to sign up.
Come to your nearest Washington County Library branch and use our workstations to access these genealogy databases. Our friendly librarians can help you access these resources and assist you with your research.
Unlock these databases from the comfort of your home, using the power of your Washington County Library card!
Find even more resources on our website!