The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) has announced it will be awarding the Mille Lacs County Historical Society (MLCHS) a $6,895 historical and cultural grant to buy a microfilm reader and printer.
The MLCHS received a letter this past month from MHS Deputy Director of Programs Pat Gaarder informing it of the grant.
MLCHS member Wendy Davis, who does a lot of research on families for the organization, applied for the grant, said MLCHS President Penny Quast. Beside getting a microfilm reader with the grant, the MLCHS also plans to buy a microfilm printer, Quast said.
The MLCHS gets microfilms of Princeton newspapers from the MHS, including of some of the editions of the first local newspaper – the Princeton Appeal. The Princeton Union newspaper was started in 1876, and was merged with the young Princeton Eagle in 1976 to become the Princeton Union-Eagle.
“We’ve got pictures we don’t know who they are,” said Quast, explaining that with the microfilm reader, MLCHS personnel can more quickly match the photos with names by looking over old copies of Princeton newspapers on microfilm.