Timeless Treasures: Saving Your Memories from Disaster

 

The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wrought not only affected physical houses and dwellings, but many people lost all of their memories when storm water ruined photo albums, pictures, slides, films of their children when little, and important documents. Replacing those documents added greatly to the aggravation and annoyance that everyone was dealing with.

On July 12 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and the Neptune Public Library will sponsor a Digitization Preservation event, held at the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room (corner of Pilgrim Pathway and Pitman Avenue).

This event will be an opportunity to have digital copies made of irreplaceable photos, films, slides, VHS tapes, and 8 mm and 16 mm movies. All items will be returned after digitizing. Pricing will be determined on the day of the event, before leaving your documents.

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Local libraries, historical societies and Friends of the Library groups in the area are sponsoring this event and have partnered with Innovative Document Imaging, a leading provider of digital imaging services to provide digital preservation services to patrons. Once exclusive to industry, IDI’s Digital Memory Media brings secure, professional preservation services to individuals at an affordable price.

IDI Digital Memory Media advisors will be on hand on Saturday, July 12th, 9:30 – 1:30 to counsel patrons on the best way to digitally preserve their collections. Materials can be brought to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Community Room on Saturday July 12, or dropped off for preservation at IDI’s secure New Jersey facility or arrangements can be worked out for a pick up or shipping. Once scanned and digitized, all material will be returned to patrons alongside permanent digital copies on DVD disks. Patrons can also arrange permanent storage for documentary collections, if desired.

“This is a revolution in personal digital imaging,” said Library Director, Marian Bauman. “As librarians we understand just how difficult and expensive it can be to keep vital records and family photographs intact. Aging, humidity, acidification, not to mention accidental damage, can ruin a lifetime of memories. Finding storage space can be costly. That’s why we are delighted to be working with IDI’s Digital Memory Media to help patrons preserve their personal collections.”

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The proceeds from this fund-raising event will be contributed to the Ocean Grove Record/Times newspapers digitization and indexing project being run by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. This recently completed project has made these historical newspapers accessible and searchable online, unlocking over 100 years of Jersey Shore history! To access the newspapers click here. Please visit www.dmmem.com for more information or call the Historical Society of Ocean Grove at 732-774-1869.

Photos on this page are file photos from the day after Sandy struck the Shore. 

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