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Dakota Midday: Digitizing Historical Newspapers

In 2014 the South Dakota State Historical Society received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers.  The project is part of Chronicling America, a Library of Congress initiative to develop an online database of select historical newspapers from around the United States.  As part of the grant the State Historical Society/Archives will digitize around 100 rolls of microfilmed newspapers pre-dating 1922.  Some of them are available now and text searchable.  Chelle Somsen, State Archivist with the South Dakota State Historical Society, talked about the process of digitizing and about the papers that can now be seen.

Cara Hetland is the Director of Radio and Journalism Content for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.