Hamilton Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary of collecting and preserving Hamilton’s rich history.
During the month of March, all library locations will have on display a historical black-and-white image unique to the geographic area of each branch location.
Hamiltonians are encouraged to visit any of the 23 city’s library branches or two bookmobiles and fill out a ballot before March 31 for a chance to win the framed historical image. In addition to the image, winners will receive a limited edition 2014 calendar and reusable bag branded with the new look of the local history and archives department.
"Our hope is to showcase the wide range of amazing historical images and resources the department has available," said Karen Milligan-Thurston, manager of local history and archives.
“This anniversary is the perfect opportunity to remind Hamiltonians how truly special and diverse our city is.”
Since 1914, Hamilton Public Library has been collecting and preserving scrapbooks, clipping files, archives, rare books, periodicals, historical memorabilia and pamphlets on a wide range of topics about Hamilton. The collection includes more than 3 million images depicting the history of the city and surrounding areas dating as far back as the mid-1800s.
To date, more than 12,000 historical images are available online, with high-resolution copies available for sale for private and commercial use.
"Most of our collection does not exist anywhere else, which makes this milestone especially important for the city," said Paul Takala, chief librarian at Hamilton Public Library.
“Our focus in the coming years will be to digitize more of the collection and make many of these treasures more accessible and available online.”
To support the local history and archives department, merchandise featuring historical images from the collection may be purchased at any library branch, as well as in the local history and archives department on the third floor of the Central Library.