McGregor Museum’s North Iowa Times digitization project is complete

An Advantage Preservation project was recently featured in the Clayton County Register as the McGregor Historical Museum’s North Iowa Times digitization project was completed, making archives of the state’s third oldest weekly newspaper available online!

Newspaper dating back to October of 1856 can now be accessed at claytoncounty.advantage-preservation.com. The Advantage hosted archive is easy to access and use on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

The main goal of the project, said museum director Diane Malcom, was to preserve a digital record of the North Iowa Times for the community, library, museum and all members of the historical society. Previously, the newspapers were only accessible on microfilm at the McGregor Public Library.

“You can search by decade or by year, by title, people, places or events,” explained Malcom. “If it’s been written about, you should be able to find it.”

The resource will be especially helpful for people conducting genealogy research. They’ll be able to trace their ancestors not only in Marquette and McGregor, but as families migrated from town to town in Clayton County. Along with the North Iowa Times and McGregor News, newspapers from Strawberry Point, Edgewood and Volga were recently digitized too, through efforts by the CCGS. Newspaper collections from Elkader, Guttenberg, Garnavillo and Monona were already available online.

“Now, you’ll be able to research all those papers,” Malcom said.

The project was made possible in large part to a grant from the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation. McGregor Historical Museum has described the digitized newspapers as phase one and hopes to add other materials to the archive starting with the museum’s extensive collection of photographs.

To learn more about the project you can visit the Historical Museum’s website, mcgregormuseum.org or contact our account manager Jeff Brown.