Advantage Community History Archive:

Charter Oak Times now available online

The launch of the Charter Oak Times digital archive was featured in The Mapleton Press recently. The Advantage Preservation project to digitize and provide access to the newspapers started in September when the Charter Oak Library delivered the microfilm to Advantage.

Advantage has since used the microfilm to digitize the newspaper and build a community history archive website that anyone can search, available online at

The project to save the newspapers started back in 1988 when the papers were put onto microfilm.

In 1989, a used microfilm machine was purchased for the Charter Oak library for people to look up information from the old newspapers. After problems with the machine due to old parts and difficulty to use, the rolls of microfilm sat on the shelf and were useless.

Nancy Rosburg, who was vital in helping save the newspapers during her time as president of the Crawford County Genealogical Society said that “The people who have a history in Charter Oak with parents/grandparents/great-grandparents often move away from the area and are unable to come to Charter Oak to do their research.”

Even if they could make it back to town there was no way to look things up with no hard copy papers or microfilm machine.

Since The Charter Oak Times website went live online in early November Rosburg said “Having all of this information online makes it much easier to read and search.”

In an instant you can search 22,931 pages of the Charter Oak Times (1901-1981), 8,130 pages of the Charter Oak Ute Newspaper (1981-1997) along with 18,276 pages from the Ute Independent (1910-1980). The Ute pages were funded by the Ute library.

People can browse by title (of the newspaper), by year, time frame or keyword(s).

The whole project has been funded by proceeds from the Charter Oak Postcards and Main Street Histories book. There are about 45 books left. Once the next 10 books are sold, the project will be completely paid for.

To read the complete article on the Advantage Charter Oak Times project please visit The Mapleton Press. If you would like to support the project and purchase a Charter Oak Postcards and Main Street Histories book email