Museum wants to digitize 100 years of The Chilliwack Progress

Imagine having a searchable database with 100 years of Chilliwack Progress newspapers available online.

That's the plan for 2013 by Chilliwack Museum and Archives with its $25,000 Chilliwack Progress Digitization Project.

Council approved a funding request from the museum for $5,000 under the Community Development Initiatives Funding Policy on Tuesday — contingent on other funding partners coming through with their contributions as outlined in the project budget.

Why digitize the Progress?

"Our visitors want and expect it," according to the application. "As information technologies continue to improve, the public is becoming accustomed to quick and easy access to information."

The future "demands" it, but not only that, the Progress is one of the most used resources at the museum as "one of our community's oldest and most important written record collections."

In the city staff report, other examples of revenue sources for the project include Chilliwack Foundation ($5000), Irving Barber Learning Centre ($13000), and about $2000 from fundraising.

The bulk of the project cost is expected to be spent on microfilm scanning, and converting files to PDF format.

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