The Community Archives Project - Phase Two:
During this year’s Big Give, the Gage County Historical Society & Museum is asking for donations for the second phase of the Community Archives Project.
Last year, your donations were used to update an archival storage area at the museum. We are happy to announce that the project is currently underway! The renovations planned for this archival storage area should be complete by early 2021.
This year, your generous support will go toward funding Phase Two of the Community Archives Project: Oral Histories. The money raised during this year’s Big Give Gage will be used to:
- Train staff and volunteers how to conduct oral histories about the history of the Gage County Historical Society and our local communities.
- Purchase recording equipment and any equipment necessary to incorporate oral histories in exhibits.
- Cover costs to transcribe oral histories. The transcripts and digital recordings will be kept in the community archives for future research.
- Create an exhibit celebrating the Society’s 50th anniversary that will be on display June-September 2021.
The funds raised today with your generous support will be used to sustain and continue this project. All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small. Thank you for supporting our history!
How to Show Support:
The funds raised with your generous support will be used to sustain and continue this project. All gifts are appreciated, whether large or small. Thank you for supporting our history!
If you would like to make a donation to our project, you can do so in two ways:
1. Online on this website during the BigGiveGage Day on September 10.
2. By check given directly to the Gage County Museum. Make checks payable to the Gage County Foundation and write Gage County Museum- BigGiveGage in the memo.
Checks can be dropped off in person through September 10th, Wednesday-Saturday at the Gage County Museum from 10 am - 4 pm. You can also mail to:
Gage County Museum | P.O. Box 793 | Beatrice, NE 68310
What is the Community Archives Project?
The Community Archives Project is an effort to actively promote the telling, sharing, and preservation of our local history through documents, photographs, and stories collected by the community.
What is an archive, and why is it important?
An archive is a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people. Archives are an important link to our past, and help us to understand our history. The materials contained in an archive provide information that connects us to the lives of people and places in our past. They tell stories. They also increase our sense of identity and understanding of cultures and communities around us.
The overall goal of this multi-phase project is to make archival material in the county accessible to a wider range of people, bring awareness to how institutional archives work, and support local history keepers by providing information about how to preserve and share their own history.
The archive at the Gage County Museum contains hundreds of photographs, photograph negatives, manuscripts, letters, diaries, court documents, business records, land records, and many other records that help tell the story of Gage County’s history. Unfortunately, only a fraction of the archive is easily accessible and available to the public. We are working to change this with your support!