The Pioneer Museum, home of the Gallatin County Historical Society, is now digitizing its collection of more than 17,000 historic photographs, thanks in part to a $131,251 federal grant. The museum is using the money to buy computer equipment and pay an additional staff member to scan and digitize the museum's entire collection of Gallatin County, southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park photographs, according to Pioneer Museum Executive Director John Russell.
Copies of the museum's photo collection fill 82 large black binders that line a bookcase in the museum's research center. But Russell said the time had come to digitize them.
"We felt it was important in this day and age to preserve these images" that date back to 1865, around the time the city was incorporated, Russell said. "This way, they'll be around long after we're all gone."
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