Postcards from Falmouth: A Local History Project

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Postcards from Falmouth: A Local History Project

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Memorial Library Falmouth Mass

Based upon the historical postcards of Falmouth that were gifted to the Falmouth Public Library as two separate collections by Robert C. Hunt, Jr. and Anita Gunning respectively, Postcards from Falmouth is an exciting local history project.

The combined collections of over 2000 cards were digitally scanned by the Boston Public Library in 2019 and now reside in the Digital Commonwealth, which provides public access to collections of images, documents, and sound recordings held by many local libraries in Massachusetts.

In fact, Postcards from Falmouth is a Library Services Technology Act grant, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners [MBLC], with the express goal to collect and digitally preserve local history resources and add them to the historical record. As the MBLC describes, “Libraries are not simply repositories for local history, but active institutional members of society with a key role to play in capturing and making community stories available to all,” and by “using techniques and tools both traditional and new, libraries can record and document community stories that build a history and shared identity. Libraries can bring people together to share stories…”

We could not agree more!

The Library is currently reaching out to potential oral historians, or Falmouth residents who specialize in Falmouth history or who possess deep family roots in Falmouth, and who are willing to take part in recorded interviews based upon one or two of the postcards. However, residents are also encouraged to share stories about the postcards, too.

Visit the Postcards from Falmouth digital exhibit, NOTES ON FALMOUTH HISTORY , to learn more about--and add to--our local story.  By clicking on the image of the postcard, you can share your recollections, stories, or any historical information in the comment section. 

To discover more local history resources, visit the Library catalog, or for more information about grant opportunities, visit our website, email, or call us: 

fpldigital@falmouthpubliclibrary.org
(508) 457 2555 x2951

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