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People and Places logoThe Sisters of Providence Archives Department at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods recently received a Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society which will allow the department to make much needed improvements. Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant — estimated at more than $4,000 — will help with the purchase of two new computers, a mobile work bench, a printer and archival supplies. “The Indiana Historical Society wants to support organizations that have been working on their heritage for a long time, and we’ve been working on ours since 1840,” said Sister Marianne Mader, who ministers as the department coordinator. Part of the grant money will be used to digitize many of the materials the department has to offer. Beginning in August, the archives staff plans to work with the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices Program to digitize the letters of St. Theodore Guerin and other fragile manuscripts. “We have digitized Mother Theodore’s original journals and other interesting items, such as material about the Civil War and pictures of early artifacts, but less than 10 percent of our collection has been digitized,” said Sister Janet Gilligan, archives assistant. “This grant will certainly help.” “Digitizing our materials is important,” Sister Marianne added. “If an unforeseen event were to happen to our system, we’d lose a lot of it.” Sister Janet said the department has already started the process of applying for another grant through the Indiana Historical Society. If they receive it, it will be used to move shelving from Owens Hall – where Archives was previously located – to the department’s new location, which is in the lower level of Le Fer Hall.
“Our archives department contains an amazing range of interesting, valuable materials,” Sister Janet said. “I think it’s a very important resource.”

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