Sherwood House E-Archiving Project
The E-Archiving Project was started to create an organized digital inventory of all the historic items and donations we have in our collection at the Sherwood House Museum. Several devoted high school students with a great love for history joined in our cause and have since been doing most of the work with youthful enthusiasm, guided by our very own Judith Waite. Our ultimate goal is to someday share the collection here on the website for others to see.
First, the student volunteers were given a tour of the house, so they could become familiar with the museum and the collection it holds. Throughout the tour, the students had questions and wondered how old some of the items were. This would be one of their goals during the archiving project, to research the items and document any findings, if necessary. They began, right away, by "googling" items on the Internet using their cellphones based on any brand names the items might have had engraved on their surfaces. We knew instantly these students were more than ready to take on this vast project.
Next, came the slow process of photographing and cataloging every single item at Sherwood House. Each item would be marked to keep track of what items were already catalogued, such as these vintage skates and this wooden sled shown below.
While the it remains unknown when the inventory project will finally be completed, you can see it will be a tedious task that will require careful hands, while dealing with delicate irreplaceable items. Fortunately, these young volunteers have shown they have what it takes to do the job.