National Endowment for the Arts features Rockingham Library project
BELLOWS FALLS — Rockingham Library is currently featured in the National Endowment for the Arts’ “50 States of Preservation” series, for completion of the rehousing project of 1,384 historic glass plate negatives in its historical collection. Glass plate negatives require special storage and handling to prevent the image from separating from the glass. The NEH article and photos can be viewed on the web at https://www.neh.gov.
The library’s future plans include cataloging the collection and providing digitized access.
Meanwhile, the library’s Cataloged Photograph Collection is accessible to the public. It includes historic images of town celebrations, residents, visitors, buildings, railroads, bridges and canals.
Director Celina Houlne said the photographs are “the most frequently consulted history collection in the Library, with an average of 250 requests per year.” Also, Bellows Falls Union High School yearbooks (from 1930 forward) are available online at the library’s website: www.rockinghamlibrary.org.