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2014-05-22

Library awarded grant

By John Hegemier Director, Bandera Library

Good news for genealogists and all people interested in Bandera history. The Bandera Public Library is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Tocker Foundation to digitize our collection of local newspapers. This grant for $18,994 will pay the University of North Texas Libraries to digitize our collection of microfilmed newspapers. This collection of microfilm includes issues of The Bandera Bugle, The Bandera New Era, and The Bandera Bulletin from March 28, 1918 through December 2005.
The Bandera Courier has donated electronic copies (pdf format) of their newspaper to the library from its date of inception in 2005 to the present. The library also has electronic copies of The Bandera Bulletin for editions after 2005. The digitized versions of the microfilmed newspapers will be hosted on the Portal to Texas History website, www.texashistory.unt.edu and will be freely accessible for use in research, teaching and private study.
The University of North Texas Libraries was selected as the lead institution in Texas for the National Digital Newspaper Program. The National Digital Newspaper's mission is to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of US newspapers from 1690 to the present.
The library is looking forward to participating in this project and extends its sincere thanks to The Tocker Foundation for their financial support. The Tocker Foundation was created in 1964 to implement the philanthropic interests of Phillip and Olive Tocker. The Tocker Foundation's primary mission is to support small, rural Texas libraries - those serving populations of 12,000 or less.
The Bandera Public Library possesses the only copy of these historical newspapers. By digitizing and storing this information on the Portal to Texas History website we are assured that these newspapers will not be lost, physically damaged, or degraded by time.