Havelock working to preserve its history

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The contents of the old Trader Store on Miller Boulevard will be photographed and the images placed in a catalog that will be online.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

Havelock is starting to build a digital record of the city’s historic ephemera and artifacts.

Many of the items date back to World War II before the city was incorporated in 1959.

"We have all kinds of things that people have donated," said Diane Miller, public information officer and grants manager, who is spearheading the project. "We do have some things we found when we were cleaning out our storage. We have old photographs and things that past mayors and commissioners have taken part in and items that used to have a place on the walls of city hall. We’ll be able to keep track of our history."

Late last year, commissioners approved $3,500 for the purchase of PastPerfect software and other items to catalog items that are of historic importance to the city and the community. Some are being held by the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation and others were gathered by the former Havelock Historical Preservation Society. The society, which was taken over by the city in 2012, used to manage the historic Trader Store. The store’s contents are among those being catalogued.

Miller said the aim is to produce an online digital copy of the items to afford online access to the records, similar to what has been done at other repositories.

"There are old and fragile things that are one-of-a-kind items that if you’re looking to do research on a particular subject you can do it in a digital medium without having to further deteriorate those items. This will help us in a preservation effort as well," Miller said.

The cataloging will also help the city track donors, collect item background information in a standardized way and enable robust search functions so that items of a particular time frame or subject correlation can be easily identified in the collection.

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