Town council in Sexsmith has given the green light to funding which will help the Sexsmith and District Museum Society overhaul how they can archive.
The request for just over $2,000 was approved for computer equipment to help the volunteer staff begin the process of digitally archiving the vast amount of documents they have on-site.
“They have handwritten records for everything, so sort of bringing everything up to date and making sure they have longevity in their records,” says Sexsmith Mayor Kate Potter.
Potter adds the sheer amount of data and documents that they have to catalogue will certainly pose a challenge, but she firmly believes it will greatly benefit generations to come.
“When you digitally preserve that, it makes accessing that information easier for more people. That’s just a benefit when it comes to sharing the knowledge and history that’s there.”
The Sexsmith and District Museum Society officially began in 1977, as the Sexsmith to the Smoky Historical Society and it’s volunteer members have spent the last 40 years preserving the history of the area.