In April, Mocavo awarded the first ever Mocavo Community Digitization Grant of $25,000 to the Bethany Children's Home in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. (See my April 22, 2013 article at http://goo.gl/eOOKCn for details.) The important historical records have been digitized and are now free forever on the Mocavo web site at http://goo.gl/ixEAOq.
Over the past year Mocavo has been working to digitize and transcribe two ledger books containing information about the children who were residents of the home between 1863-1990. The Book of Life, a chronological record of children admitted since 1863, and the two-volume Book of Children, the beginning of a records page for each child from 1886 to 1906. These eventually became a records file for each child, many included a photograph upon entering, admittance information, adoption or foster home, discharge information and other writings pertaining to the child.
The work was coordinated by Carl Bloss, a resident of Bethany from 1937-1952.