WELLINGTON — The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the Wellington Public Library a $3,500 grant for the project, “Digitizing, Preserving, and making Fragile Records Available for Reading and Research.”

Jo Plumb, director of Wellington Public Library, served as the project director. Sherry Kline, vice president of the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society, served as grant writer.

Plumb said that the Kansas Humanities Council grant will assist with digitizing several one-of-a-kind historic documents that contain Wellington and Sumner County history, some of which are from former Wellington historian Dorothy Dey’s collection, as well as several old, fragile and out-of-print books currently unavailable to the public.

“This grant is important to help us get our digitization project started,” Plumb said, adding that the library had previously received a grant for the digitization equipment necessary for the project.

“Once digitized, many of these documents and books will be available online,” Plumb said, “It brings this library up to this century.

“We are grateful to Annarose White, Wellington Chamber of Commerce director, and Shelley Hansel, mayor of Wellington, for their support and assistance with this project.”

“KHC Heritage grants encourage the preservation of local historical and cultural resources,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “This project makes sure that the stories and photographs of early Sumner County residents are carefully maintained for the generations to come.”  

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit ww.kansashumanities.org.

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