Perry County history will soon be better preserved for all to enjoy.
The Rotary Club of Perryville was awarded a matching CAP grant from Rotary District 6060 to purchase acid free sleeves for Perry County Historical Society to better preserve the photographs and other clippings that are stored at the Perry County Museum in the city park.
Becky Paulus of the Rotary of Perryville noted that the project is near and dear to members of the local Rotary. In all the grant totaled $1,200 to help purchase the equipment.
“Michael Bullerdieck is a member of the historical society, and he was speaking to them about any projects that they needed help with,” Paulus said. “It is a great honor to help preserve the large collection of photos that has been acquired by the society over the years. It should help with the public viewing of those pictures and articles and research that is done for hundreds of years to come.”
Perry County Historical Society Director Bill Hart was excited about the acid-free sleeves.
“We are grateful for the Rotary’s donation,” Hart said. “It has been something that we have wanted to do for a long time and has been a priority of mine since I got here about one year ago. Preserving pictorial images is a way of preserving our history. These sleeves should help with that because some of them are taped to cardboard and other surfaces which hurts the images.”
Hart noted there are approximately 7,600 items currently stored in the museum that will need to be transferred to the acid free sleeves.
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