As we approach the end of the second grant cycle for the Clinton County: Fun in the ʼ50s project, it is a good time to look back and see what we have accomplished. One of our goals was to digitize around 2,000 slides taken by James Ostler at Girl and Boy Scout activities in the 1950s and upload them to Indiana Memory. We surpassed that goal by digitizing nearly 3,500 slides. To date, a little over 3,300 have been uploaded to Indiana Memory.
Another goal was to revamp the James Ostler Slide Collection page on our website by replacing the pictures of seasonal activities with those taken at Scouting activities. The revised web page includes the following albums: “Girl Scouts,” “Boy Scouts,” and “Camp Cullom.” Feel free to share, love, or comment on any of the images. Even though images digitized prior to the fall of 2018 can no longer be seen on our website, they can still be seen on Indiana Memory.
We also wanted to do four slide presentations to help make the public aware of the James Ostler Slide Collection and the greater accessibility of the pictures from the 1950s. So far, we have done seven such presentations. We still have two more scheduled—one at Wesley Manor on June 4 and another for Mulberry University, an educational program for Mulberry Health’s cottage residents, on September 10 at 2 p.m. The Mulberry University program is open to the public, so feel free to join us.
This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
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