Read All About It: Hall Co. Historical Society project seeks to digitize newspapers (NE)

By: Matt Kiley - Advantage Archives
An Advantage Preservation project was featured in the Grand Island Independent as historical Hall County Nebraska newspapers will soon be digitized thanks to the Hall County Historical Society.

Advantage is set to digitize historical Hall County newspapers ranging from 1870 to the early 2000s. The online archive will allow the newspapers to be easily accessible and keyword searchable.

Right now, if you want to read those old newspapers, you have to go to the libraries or the museums to read the microfilms, which is not very accessible. With the digitization project, any student who is doing a history project, or anyone who is interested, is going to be able to go out, type in the keywords, a certain date and see the newspapers from their home, library, school or wherever they are. It will be accessible to everyone.

~Hall County Historical Society board member Michelle Setlik.

Advantage is excited to continue our preservation efforts in Nebraska having already digitized newspapers from 22 counties in the state. Advantage Preservation will complete the project in batches to allow the historical society to have some Hall County newspapers placed online while it seeks more donations.

To read the article published in the Grand Island Independent about the Hall Co. Historical Society project visit

In 1922 the Hall County Historical Society was founded by a group of Liederkranz members who were committed to preserving artifacts and stories about the county’s origin.  It is the oldest perpetual County Historical Society in Nebraska.

The society’s largest ongoing project has been placing markers at historical sites throughout the county.  The first were six markers of the Old California Overland Trail, traveled by immigrants to California in 1849 and pioneers of this locality in 1857.  These markers extend from the east to the west in Hall County and were dedicated on July 4, 1923.  Thirty seven historical markers have now been placed in Hall County.

The Hall County Historical Society donated its collection of artifacts to help launch the Stuhr Museum and is proud to have contributed to the success of the museum.

In 1997, the Historical Society purchased its first piece of property, the Townsley-Murdock Site near Alda, which is a preserved site featuring Morman Trail and Overland Trail wagon wheel ruts.  The following year, it was accepted for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1999, the society purchased one of Nebraska’s last Burlington depots, at Sixth and Plum Streets in Grand Island.

For any questions contact Advantage account manager for Nebraska Michelle M.