When the Sanibel Public Library’s renovation is completed in the fall, it will be much easier for people to have their old photos added to the library’s permanent vintage collection online.
A new high-resolution photo scanner will be available, and people can bring in photos, scan them, and making them available online for future generations.
Margaret Mohundro said, “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to greatly expand our online historic photo collection. Best of all, people don’t have to actually ‘give’ the photos to us. The photo owners can scan them on a high-resolution machine, and take the original photos with them, along with a set of all the digital files. For the purposes of this collection, vintage is considered anything through 1999.”
The new digital lab being funded in part by the Roni Jo Freer Fund of the Sanibel Public Library Foundation.
The Pfeifer Vintage Photo Collection began as an outgrowth of the five historic documentaries on Sanibel that Eric Pfeifer, Broker-Owner of Pfeifer Realty Group sponsored. As film producer David E. Carter searched for old photos to use in the stories, he realized that “there are many people out there with photo treasures that need to be shared.”
Library Archivist Betty Anholt said, “Residents and visitors alike are fascinated by Sanibel and how it evolved into its current state, and photos from our earlier times are invaluable in telling that story. We encourage everyone to go through their old photos an share them.”
Eric Pfeifer is equally excited about the project. "Our community is paradise because many islanders before us were dedicated to protecting these islands. Preserving Sanibel and Captiva history with documentaries and expanding this Sanibel Library's photo collection is a privilege and a project we are proud to support,” he said.
Sanibel Public Library, Phone: 239-472-2483 is located at 770 Dunlop Road.
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