Medina Journal-Register — History can come alive with headlines from as far back as 1861, all with the click of a button.
Medina’s Lee-Whedon Memorial Library’s website now features archived editions of the Medina Tribune (1861 to 1945), the Medina Register (1882 to 1911) and the Medina Journal (1903 to 1916 and 1922 to 1933). Duplicate sets of all editions are also available at the library on the microfilm, which is still often used, according to Library Director Catherine Cooper.
The addition of the archives was done thanks to a $5,000 grant. Cooper said the goal was for the library to give people access to the past.
“It chronicles a different time in a very vivid, day-to-day way,” she said. “The papers from 1861 aren’t the best quality, but they’re there.”
Cooper said the ads “are amazing when you see the prices” and the headlines and writing styles from days gone by are truly unique.
“It’s a great resource,” she said. “The local information was incredible, and everybody can now use it.”
Many people peruse the archives to search their family history or to do other historical research, Cooper said. Sometimes, there is an element of “serendipity” mixed in with the research.
“A person may find something and wind up searching for something else completely unrelated,” she said.
The digitization of the archives took from September to April and was made easier, Cooper noted, because of a duplicate set of microfilm rolls. And, now that it is up and running, she said it is a good thing to have.
“I hope people access it and enjoy it and benefit from it,” she said.
While Cooper spoke, there was noise above her as workers moved toward completing the new library roof.
“It should be done in a week,” she said of the new building topper that is replacing the original roof.
The old roof had been repaired and patched in the 1990s. The new one will last 30 to 40 years and “provide better drainage and insulation,” Cooper said.
“It has been a painless procedure,” she added. The more “painful” procedure will come this fall.
“We’re replacing the carpet, the ceiling tiles, and painting the walls,” Cooper said. “We’ll close for two or three weeks, probably sometime in September, for public safety and project efficiency.”