Over the past several months, the Cherokee Public Library has submitted several articles mentioning the digitalization on its website of all of Cherokee newspapers since 1870.
The Cherokee Area Archives joined the Library in obtaining the initial funding of this service and they hope you will take the time to check it out.
If your have interest in your family history or any other events that occurred while you lived or visited Cherokee, you will be amazed at how much was written about you, your family/friends/events. If you have an intrest in geneaology and have access to a computer, check the newspapers archives.
To access the site go to the Cherokee Public Library's website at www.cherokee.lib.ia.us; click on "Newspaper Archive" tab and then "Cherokee Newspapers Archives." You can now search the digital archives of Cherokee's newspaper from 1870 to present.
If you're looking for someone, here is a hint, be sure to put quotes around their "Name" to pull up only their information. If you don't, and search for John Doe, for example, it will pull every article with John and Doe used, which defeats your purpose. You can also reach by topic, i.e. "Plow Match", or other of interests. You should be able to print any information you find as well.
Cherokee Area Archives Board Member Sharon Fliear stated that once you
begin searching, you will be "hooked" and that the Archives have had many comments that visitors have spent hours looking up information such as community and high school events, family information, disasters, business information, and the list goes on.
In order to further serve former residents, the Cherokee Area Archives would like to suggest that if you have stayed in touch with classmates, neighbors, work associates, etc., that you share this information with them.
Fliear advises that if you have a class reunion coming up, send the website and link along with your reunion information. "I can assure you it will be used," said Fliear.
She also stated, "If we can be of further assistance, feel free to e-mail the Library and they will forward it to our Archives."
The Cherokee Area Archives is a non-profit organization and will be responsible for the future funding of this program. If you would like to help support this special fund, please send your donation to: Cherokee Area Archives, 215 S. 2nd St. Cherokee, Iowa 51012, and state that it is for the "Newspaper Archive Fund". Your participation is welcome and will be greatly appreciated.
"We will not be responsible for any lost sleep, unexpected or shocking news of family, friends etc. or monies it costs you on bets that you may lose relating to matters settled by what you learn to be the fact," added Fliear.