There is exciting news from the Cherokee Public Library! The project to digitize Cherokee newspapers is up and running. There is still some work to be done, but the papers from 1970-1985 and from 1992-2001 are now accessible online. We hope to have the missing issues and the 2002-2011 newspapers online by the first of the year.
The newspaper archives database is attached to the library's website. You can find that at cherokee.lib.ia.us or you can do a simple Google search for Cherokee Public Library Iowa. (Be sure to put Iowa in or you'll end up at the Cherokee, South Carolina or Cherokee, Georgia page).
Across the top on the library's home page are several tabs. Click on the one that says newspaper archives and then click again on the underlined words Cherokee Newspaper Archives. You will see a list of newspaper titles on the left as well as a list of years and months. There is also a box where names or words can be entered. Putting quotes around a name really helps to expedite a search.
Anyone with a computer can search the database. Believe me, there's some interesting stuff to be found. I typed in "Ruppert" and along with all the things about me was a picture of my husband Rod hanging off the side of a train modeling clothes when he worked at the St. Clair Kovaleske store. I had a good chuckle and I'm sure his sister will too when I mail her a copy.
I am also enjoying looking for articles about my kids and I'm even finding some that were printed in the WHS newspaper. Of course, their name needs to in the article. I'm still looking for the front page picture of my daughter at an Easter egg hunt. It's going to take a little time as I need to look through March and April of several years. I don't remember how old she was but I remember it was cold and she had a funny looking winter hat on.
We hope people will get into the database and try looking for something. If you have any questions or need help, please call or stop in. This is a wonderful resource and we think it will be extremely popular not only with people who live in Cherokee but with those who have moved on to other locations. Please let your families know about it.
The project was funded by donations and memorial gifts through the Cherokee Public Library Foundation with much of the cost being paid by the Cherokee Area Archives. We thank all of those who contributed and plan to acknowledge them at our April Chamber Coffee.
The library will close early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and be closed Thursday, November 22. It will be open Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. as usual. Happy Thanksgiving!