Vote for Sault Ste. Marie for a Newspaper Grant
Bayliss Public Library is one of five finalists for this year’s Michigan Digital Newspaper Grant administered through the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University. The $2,500 grant award will help improve access to a winning Michigan newspaper.
Bayliss Library, an affiliate of Superior District Library, is the only U.P. library to be selected.
If Bayliss Library wins, the funds will be used for scanning and placing online the Sault Ste. Marie newspapers from 1887 to about 1903. The newspapers are a valuable resource to historians, genealogists, and the general public, and the library’s microfilm is showing wear.
The public is being asked to vote for the organization’s city of their choice to determine who receives the grant funding. “Our purpose in asking the public to determine the final outcome is so that, from five very good applications, the newspaper selected will serve the needs of the community that demonstrates the greatest interest in using the resource,” said Frank Boles Director, Clarke Historical Library.
You are encouraged to vote for Sault Ste. Marie via twitter using #DigSSMarie in posts from January 19-25. Each tweet equals one vote. (Your twitter account must be set to “public” in order for your hashtag to count as a vote.)
Voting can also be done by sending a Michigan picture postcard, equaling 100 votes, to the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 48859. The postcards must be received by January 30 at Clarke Historical Library. Make sure and put your name and “Vote for Sault Ste. Marie” on your card. One postcard per person please.
Postcards will be available at Bayliss Library for the public to pick up starting on Friday, January 16. Special thanks to Linda Bell at Das Gift Haus for donating Michigan postcards for this purpose. Das Gift Haus at 305 West Portage Avenue is another place where you may pick up a postcard for voting.
Bayliss Library, an affiliate of Superior District Library, is located at by 541 Library Drive in Sault Ste. Marie. Check the library’s website www.baylisslibrary.org and Facebook page for updates.