I have been utterly fascinated by navigating and searching this archive of local news. From the boulevards of my town, to my own street- I have found secrets and unique histories that have made me love my community even more. Local history is often the most compelling history. Bravo to this important resource.
Society of the Spectacle
Welcome to our founding supporters: Arroyo Seco, Eagle Rock, and Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Councils have committed a total of $2500 for the 2014/15 year.
We estimate it will cost $200,000 to digitize and put online the roughly 340,000 pages in our collection. In order to prepare for future grant requests to a foundation or government agency for large-scale funding, we are initially seeking support and commitment from the Northeast Los Angeles community — neighbors, local elected bodies, and the offices of elected officials Tip of our collective hats to our neighborhood councils for getting us started.
We are or soon will be in contact with other Neighborhood Councils, the three City Council Districts that supported our grant proposal, and other City and County offices. We have also established a means for accepting contributions from individuals through the Highland Park Heritage Trust website.
We are grateful for all donations –from individuals, groups and organizations. Please see How You Can Help to contribute.
In March 2014, we published 6,000 pages to the web to launch the Northeast Los Angeles Newspaper Project. In the several months since then, we have talked to educators, students, neighborhood groups, and City Council staffs about the project and are now raising funds to digitize the bulk of the newspaper collection.
We are pleased to say that NPR radio’s Marketplace, several regional history researchers, Occidental students and faculty, and local residents have been using the small sample we digitized. We are also pleased that a Franklin High School teacher and her students are developing local history research around the papers.
As you have occasion to use the NELA Newspaper Collection please let us know what you find. Readers’ and researchers’ stories will be important to tell as we seek additional funding.