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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release March 25, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Popular newspaper archives workshop offered again

State Historical Library demonstrates Access Newspaper Archives program

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Library will offer an additional workshop about Access Newspaper Archives, an on-line research program for genealogists and others interested in searching and printing full-page digital images of newspaper pages dating back to the 1700s.

The workshop will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the State Historical Library & Archives Reading Room, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Registration is limited to 30 individuals and is requested to be completed in advance. Admission is $5 per person with pre-registration or $8 at the door. Contact State Historical Librarian Susan Jellinger at (515) 281-6897 or susan.jellinger@iowa.gov for more information.

“Our first four workshops on this topic were filled to capacity and we expect this one to be the same,” Jellinger said. “I encourage anybody who is interested in this new program to sign up as soon as possible.”

Through demonstrations, participants will learn how to search, view, save and print full-page digital images of newspapers pages. Although not as extensive as the Historical Library’s microfilm collection of Iowa papers, the Access Newspaper Archives contains more than 300 Iowa newspapers plus tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages from around the world.

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