Do you enjoy reading old letters, or finding your BFF’s picture in your high school yearbook? Maybe examining old artifacts or maps is more your style?
At the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Road, in West Jefferson, the public can discover a photograph of the graduating seniors of 1883, examine a piece of rail that once supported the Interurban on its run through West Jefferson, or read a letter written by the architect who designed the village hall after the Cedarville town hall.
These items and more are part of the West Jefferson Remembers collection. And the library is hoping the public will help add to the collection.
West Jefferson Remembers is both an online and a physical collection of documents and artifacts dedicated to interpreting and preserving the history of West Jefferson, and is part of a larger project called Ohio Memory.
The Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio established the Ohio Memory project in 2000. Its mission is to help communities share and discover Ohio history through online digital content. All 88 counties are represented and it includes material from more than 360 participating organizations.
The digital content available through Ohio Memory highlights many different types of historical material, including photographs, maps, letters and videos.
Go to the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library website www.hbmlibrary.org and click on the West Jefferson Remembers link to learn about the remarkable history of West Jefferson, Madison County, and the state of Ohio.
Those who have any items relating to the history of West Jefferson to donate to this project should call the Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library at 614-879-8448 for an appointment. Items may be literally donated, or copied for digital use.