Advantage Community History Archive:

The Lincoln County News Archives Bound For Iowa and Digitization (ME)

The complete archives of The Lincoln County News are on their way to Advantage for digitization thanks to a partnership between the Skidompha Library and Lincoln County Publishing Co.!

Public access to the Lincoln County News archives was previously not possible due to their fragile condition. After the digitization is complete, the archives will be available online to LCN subscribers through lcnme.com, to library members through the library website, and to anyone who visits the library on the library’s computers.

In addition to the complete archives of The Lincoln County News, the project will digitize the existing archives of the Sheepscot Echo, one of two newspapers that merged to create The Lincoln County News; the Village Herald, published in Damariscotta in the 1870s and a predecessor of the Damariscotta Herald, which merged with the Sheepscot Echo to create The Lincoln County News; the Waldoboro Press, which Lincoln County Publishing Co. acquired in 1967 and merged with the LCN in 1968; and a Waldoboro-based newspaper called The Lincoln County News, published from the 1870s to the early 1900s and unaffiliated with the present-day newspaper. The oldest of the newspapers dates to around 1874.

Much to the delight of the newspaper and the library, seven years of newspapers from the late 1800s and early 1900s that had been believed to be missing were discovered at the courthouse while taking inventory.

“It was an exciting discovery, as we want to preserve as much as possible of the newspaper record of our county,” LCN Editor J.W. Oliver said.

The Skidompha Library received a grant in October of 2018 from the Burns Family Foundation to fund 60 percent of the project as well as a number of other generous donations.

The library is still accepting donations for the project and will host the Through the Pages formal wear costume ball Friday, Feb. 22. Attendees are encouraged to dress in the fashion of any decade included in the digitization project. The evening will include light bites, live music, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at supportskidompha.org.