Pennsylvania Highlands Community College was one of only 38 cultural institutions nationwide to receive a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Common Heritage program will enable the college to host “digitization days” to capture local historical records and artifacts.
The local project, Families Forever: A Cambria Memory Project, will take place in 2016 and will feature several opportunities for the public to bring family records or artifacts and have them digitized and preserved. Partners with Pennsylvania Highlands in the grant include the Cambria County Historical Society, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, and St. Francis University.
In addition to the public digitization days, there will also be humanities programs and digitization workshops to teach the public how to digitize and conserve family history using best practices.
All participants will receive their digitized records the day of the event and all records will be stored in the state’s digital repository, Power Library, and also in the Digital Public Library of America.
Common Heritage is part of The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square, an initiative that seeks to enhance the role of humanities in civic life.