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WCU Digitizes Old Smokies Photos

Western Carolina University is preserving old photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by digitizing them.

Thousands of pictures of the park taken between 1899 into the 1950s will be digitized thanks to a $93,000 grant from the North Carolina State Library.

The digital collection will include many images of the park's construction, and pictures of life in the Civilian Conservation Corps which was responsible for building it.

Westerns Hunter Library will produce the collection of many never seen before pictures.

"My personal take on it is that it's really a lot of fun. We're able to do some really nice work in preserving these documents and making them available to a broader audience," said Mark Stoffan with WCU Library Services.

Some of the grant money is paying for a new scanner. The library says this is a multi-year project and it hopes for more funding in the future.

By Rex Hodge

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