CHESTERTOWN - The Old Kent Chapter members of the Daughters of the American Revolution were updated at their Sept. 13 meeting about the progress of digitizing the Kent County News and about scanning negatives of photos in the possession of the Historical Society of Kent County.
The Maryland State Archives is scanning volumes of the Kent County News from 1890 to 1931. The scanning of issues of the newspaper through 1909 has been completed, and the issues are now available on the web for genealogical and historical research.
The Miller Library of Washington College currently holds volumes of the Kent County News, as well as microfilms of issues. It has played an important role in the planning process of this joint project.
The Historical Society of Kent County will be scanning as many as 30,000 negatives of photos, including glass negatives, with a new Epson scanner. A Washington College intern will scan the society's photo collection.
The Old Kent Chapter and the Board of the Chestertown Library Inc. provided funds to support the newspaper preservation project and the Old Kent Chapter provided funds for the photo preservation project.
These projects arose out of a critical need to preserve the aging newspapers and photos, thereby preserving a significant portion of the history of Kent County.