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Since we are in the era of digitization much information is accessible easily, which makes it difficult for researchers to imagine locating manuscripts, ephemera and other local history finds without using the internet. We are only a few decades removed from when this was the norm, and the historian or genealogist searched for the forgotten document on the shelves of a library or in the pages of a local history journal. These local history journals appeared all over the country and struggled for survival. The contributions made by these journals are substantial, with hidden gems of information awaiting discovery by researchers.


This work was originally published in Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society.

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