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Preserving Winlock’s past

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An old picture of First St. in Winlock taken in front of what is now Dr. Wong’s optometry office. Many such pictures have been scanned and catalogued at the Winlock Historical Museum.

Most people in Winlock know the old Fire Hall downtown is the home of the Winlock Historical Museum. Although it may not look like a hive of activity, there’s been a lot going on over the last couple of years. We have been working hard on various projects and one of our ongoing concerns has been how best to store and archive the old photos we have.

In the wake of Toledo’s fire in 2011, which destroyed irreplaceable photos, it was determined we get a scanner so we can copy photos and store them digitally in different locations. Last year that goal was achieved and we’ve managed to scan nearly all of our photos.

Now that we’ve archived and exhausted our supply, which includes all the class photos from 1921 to 1979, we need your help. With our new scanner and a team of volunteers, we can make fantastic, restored duplicates from your old photographs. After scanning your images, all photos are returned to you in the same condition they were received. You can feel secure in knowing your photos are preserved for future generations to enjoy while still holding onto all the originals. As an added bonus, we will save all the files of your scanned images to disk for you to take with you. In the event of a fire, or any other catastrophe, precious photos will not be lost, because now they are forever stored on multiple disks in various locations.

We are now preparing for the next Egg Day and we’re currently searching for old farming photos, past Egg Day related photos and strawberry picking/farming photos. If you have any photos of this sort, we are especially interested.

The museum is open to the public every Wednesday, from noon to 4:30. Feel free to drop in and see what’s going on and schedule a time when we can preserve your old photos. You can also call Paul Foster at 785-3935 or Don McDougall at 785-0777. Help us chronicle Winlock’s colorful history.

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