Here's one way to document the residents of a town: seek help on Facebook!
Ramona Rose is the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) head of archives and special collections. Using Facebook, she’s been rebuilding the town of Cassiar as a virtual community. Cassier was a mining town east-northeast of Juneau, Alaska.
UNBC inherited 1,800 boxes of containing at least 4,000 old photos and documents detailing the town’s history and people but most pictures were unlabeled and the former company town has since been abandoned. With the help of a former resident who ran a website for the community, Rose and her student assistant, Megan Heitrich, began putting the mystery photos on Facebook.
Rose reports, “It was amazing." ... "People went on to give long stories, memory accounts of working in the mine, so it really enriched the photo documentation, and from that perspective [using Facebook] had merit for the production of oral history.”
You can read more in an article by By Elaine O'Connor in The Province web site at http://goo.gl/pIVXa.
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