Leelanau Historical Society holds Researching Digital Newspapers workshop at Glen Lake Community Library


From staff reports

The Leelanau Historical Society will offer a “Researching Digital Newspapers” workshop on Thursday, April 4, at 1 pm at the Glen Lake Community Library in Empire for the public to learn about Central Michigan University’s Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. The portal is a free website for researching Michigan’s historic newspapers. Click here to register for the workshop.

The workshop aims to raise awareness of the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal as a research tool, educate the community of current newspaper preservation efforts, how to use this free resource for your research needs, and an opportunity to work with historical society staff on your research questions.

The workshop will consist of a short presentation on Leelanau’s historic newspapers and the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. Staff will walk attendees through a sample research prompt before letting them explore the portal and have their questions answered. Registration is required.

The workshop will last about an hour and is held in person. The workshop is led by Leelanau Historical Society staff and volunteer historians who have worked extensively with the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal.

For questions about the workshops, contact Leelanau Historical Society staff at 231-256-7475 or email info@leelanauhistory.org.

The Leelanau Historical Society partnered with the Clarke Historical Library in 2017 to add Leelanau County’s historic newspapers to their Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. This free online database contains 87,985 newspaper issues comprising 916,798 pages collectively from 32 Michigan Counties and counting. For nearly 50 years, the Clarke Historical Library has been actively preserving Michigan’s historic newspapers through microfilm. Over the last decade, it has begun to convert the treasure trove of historical newspapers found on microfilm both here and around the state into digital formats that can be accessed on-line.