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Libraries to unveil historical photography Web site at BOOKMARKS festival

August 29, 2007

A coalition of public and private libraries will unveil a new Web site,, featuring historical photographs of Forsyth County during BOOKMARKS 2007.  The third annual one-day book festival is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem.

The Digital Forsyth project is a collaborative effort by Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library and Coy C. Carpenter Medical Library, the Forsyth County Public Library and Winston-Salem State University’s C.G. O’Kelly Library to preserve Forsyth County’s photographic history and to make it more accessible by digitizing images in their collections.  A federal grant awarded last fall by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the State Library of North Carolina is underwriting the three-year, $225,000 project.  The goal, over the course of three years, is to scan and post online about 12,000 images depicting Forsyth County’s culturalhistory.

"We are very excited with the project’s progress after its first year,” reports Susan Smith, head of information technology for the Z. Smith Reynolds Library and manager of the project.  “Our public Web site is going live with 1,200 images. They are categorized by subject and can be browsed or searched.  We also are hoping that people who visit our site will interact by sharing memories andgiving additional information about people, places and events they see in the photos.”

Visitors to the Web site can see photos dating back more than 100 years, ranging from scenes of daily life to visits by renowned political leaders and celebrities.  Viewers can search for items of interest by decade or from categories such as agriculture, business, institutions, events, people, places or structures.

For more information about the festival or directions to Historic Bethabara Park, visit

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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