Grand Unveiling of New Local History Digital Storyboards
Local History Room 265 – Trustee Ziff, Mayor Walsh, City Manager Aguilar
Two new state-of-the-art local history Digital Storyboards were unveiled Saturday morning, September 28, one at the new Local History Room in the Sierra Madre Library, and one at the Richardson House Museum.
Local History Room - Councilman Moran, Trustee Siberell, Trustee Ziff, Mayor Walsh, Councilman Capoccia, Councilman Koerber, Library Board Chair Stockly, Trustee Putnam.
Mayor Nancy Walsh gave opening remarks with members of the City Council, City Staff, the Library Board of Trustees, the Historical Preservation Society, and the public on hand at the Library and then at the Richardson House Museum.
Visitors to the storyboards can activate them by waving their hand in front of the display. Content includes materials from the archives including: historical homes and landmarks, red car trolley and early transportation, animal stories, famous residents, mountain history, earthquakes and fires, local museums, the Wistaria Vine, and excerpts from oral history interviews.
Historical Society President Amy Putnam said, “We are thrilled to be able to share our wonderful historical collection with more of the community. This makes our local history so much more accessible to all of the community.”
Library Director Carolyn Thomas said, “We are so pleased that this technology was so warmly received by the city and we are delighted to be able to partner with the Historical Society on this important service.”
Also participating in the successful unveiling were the Friends of the Library who provided refreshments.
Funding for the digital storyboards and for adapting materials from the archives into photos for the storyboards came from a State grant of $50,800 to the Library to improve access for the city’s local history collection. The grant helps the Library and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society to showcase their extensive collection of local historical resources.
Stop by the Library to view the interactive digital storyboard anytime during open hours and the Richardson House on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon.