Heritage Photo > Collections

The Pierceton and South Whitley Libraries in northeastern Indiana have joined forces, along with our collaborator the Kosciusko County Historical Society, to copy historic and documentary photographs and other images of our community. The Whitko Community Digital Image Project will create a lasting digital pictorial archive of the five townships that comprise our district and make these items available on the Internet. This area includes Cleveland and Richland Townships in Whitley County and Washington, Monroe, and Jackson Townships in Kosciusko County. Towns in our area are Collamer, Kinsey, Larwill, Luther, Packerton, Pierceton, Sidney, South Whitley, and Wooster.

In 2011 and 2012, project staff will scan historical materials from the 1830s to the present with a goal of 5,000 items (3,200 have been scanned to date). The libraries will digitize items from existing collections as well as borrow items from individuals and organizations; professionally scan and catalog the images based on standards set by the Indiana State Library; and make the records available free to the public via the online database Indiana Memory. This statewide digital library is a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, and archives.

The project is coordinated by Heritage Photo and Research Services (owned by Pierceton native Joan Hostetler and her husband John M. Harris), a photograph preservation and archives management company based in Indianapolis. Scanning offices are located in the basements of both libraries. Contact us at heritagephotoservices@gmail.com with questions or to learn more.

This project is part of the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

This project would not be possible without grants from the following organizations:
*Whitley County Community Foundation
*Kosciusko County Community Foundation
*Pierceton Library Friends
*Indiana Humanities in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities

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HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:

HELP IDENTIFY PEOPLE AND PLACES in these photos, giving names, dates, addresses, etc. Please comment below the photos identifying people with full names, including maiden and married names [for example Mary (Smith) Miller]

SHARE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS, MAPS: Do you or your parents or grandparents have photographs or documents of this area? We're looking for street scenes, buildings and houses, churches, businesses, aerial photos, postcards, school class photos (all eras and grades), people shots, farms, clubs and organizations, etc. If you are nearby, we can scan the photos for you at one of the libraries. Email heritagephotoservices@gmail.com to schedule a time to scan your photos at the library while you wait.

SPREAD THE WORD: Many older people who will have the best "stuff" are not on Flickr or Facebook (kudos to you hip octogenarians who have joined our group!). Ask for their help, print out some of these photos to share with them, and rummage through their attics (with their permission, of course). While you're there, write photo captions on the backs of the photos...your descendants will thank you.

DONATE MONEY: Your tax-deductible donation to either library will help buy equipment, supplies, and pay part-time staff. Send checks payable to the "Whitko Community Digital Image Project," and mail them to the Pierceton Library, 101 W. Catholic St., Pierceton, IN 46562 or the
South Whitley Library, 201 E. Front St., South Whitley, IN 46787

JOIN OUR FACEBOOKS PAGES:
1. www.facebook.com/pages/Whitko-Community-Digital-Image-Pro...
2. www.facebook.com/groups/282830588066/

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TECHNICAL JARGON:

HOW TO SCAN: If you'd like to copy your own photos, please scan at 600 ppi (resolution); use the color (not black and white) setting; do not enhance, crop, or "Photoshop" the image; and save as a TIFF image. Make sure you scan the whole image (including the mount and edges) and scan the back if it has writing on it. Send along a description of the photo, too.

PLEASE attach these photos in an e-mail to heritagephotoservices@gmail.com, giving caption information. Questions? Contact us and I'll walk you through it.

Thanks for looking!

Joan Hostetler, Project Director
Whitko Community Digital Image Project
(a native Piercetonian, Whitko class of '79, daughter of Don and Betty Hostetler)

Whitko 1970s

Whitko 1970s

1 photo

Sidney, Indiana

Sidney, Indiana

1 photo

Monroe Township

Monroe Township

13 photos

Pierceton Misc.

Pierceton Misc.

20 photos

Pierceton People

Pierceton People

20 photos

Pierceton Schools

Pierceton Schools

47 photos

Pierceton Churches

Pierceton Churches

14 photos