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North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day to highlight historical photographs

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Noonchester Mine miners, photographed at Homewood on Tahoe's West Shore, circa 1935.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Do you have any historical photographs or visual materials of the Tahoe area? If you do, or if you'd just like to learn more about the archival resources that document this community's rich history, come visit the North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day this weekend.

This one-day event offers a chance for community members and visitors to bring in historic visual materials documenting the region and have those materials digitized according to professional archival standards.

In return, participants will have the option to donate a digital copy of these materials for inclusion in the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society's database, providing public access to anyone interested in researching North Lake Tahoe's cultural history.

In addition to the digitization services, the program will offer presentations by local archivists, a historian, and a professional photographer, all discussing the value and versatility of photographic archives.

The goal of this event is threefold: to increase community awareness of the wealth of cultural heritage in the region and how they can use these resources in their own lives and research; to acquire new materials to fill in gaps in the existing cultural record; and to provide community members with the knowledge and tools they need to become custodians of their own family history materials.

Whether participants have a long history in the North Lake Tahoe area, are new to the region, or are just in town for a visit, this event offers a chance to learn more about the Basin and the people who have shaped it.

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The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the University of Nevada, Reno, Photography Program are excited to collaborate on this venture. The NLTHS has proudly served the North Lake Tahoe community for 35 years, and is offering a slate of programming centered around photography in the Tahoe basin throughout the year.

This event offers an opportunity for community members to contribute to the NLTHS's collections and become more involved in the process of preserving and promoting the region's rich history. UNR Photography faculty, whose own research has often focused on the Tahoe basin, bring to the project extensive digitization experience, and will be using this an educational opportunity for students in the program, who will mbe assisting throughout the event and the subsequent research process.

The event will be Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gatekeeper's Museum, located at 130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Admission is free to the public.

For a schedule of events and more information, visit tahoedigitizationday.splashthat.com or contact Marnie Carr at 530-583-1762. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This article was provided on behalf of the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society. Visit northtahoemuseums.org to learn more.