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Community History Archives

A Community History Archive is an easy-to-use online search platform that is intended to serve as a “portal to the past”, allowing local primary source documents to give an accounting of history as told by the individuals that witnessed it. They put history at the fingertips of anyone interested and connect the community to their past in a very tangible and meaningful way.

Simply put, the Community History Archives bring the past to the present

We are honored to be an active participant in the community’s efforts to make their collective history more accessible. The digital archives are maintained for free by Advantage Archives and do not require a subscription, seat license, annual support contract, or any other ongoing costs or expenses to the institution or members of the community.

Reading Between The Lines: Helping Students Recognize Bias in Historical Newspapers

As the historian and educator Sam Wineburg stated, “Historical thinking, in its deepest forms, is neither a natural process nor something that springs automatically from psychological development.” This statement reflects the nuanced and complex nature of historical inquiry and how it is different from the intuitive way we understand our immediate world. “Historical thinking“ involves […]

Old Words, New Lessons: Helping Students Navigate the Language of the Past

Community newspapers serve as a treasure trove of information, encapsulating the essence of a period in the past. They often document everyday life and local events, making history feel more relevant and accessible to students. National and international news can be contextualized through them within a familiar local setting, heightening students’ interest and understanding.  Digitization […]

Bringing History to Life: Integrating Historical Newspaper Research in the Classroom

In an era where we compete with digital screens for our children’s attention, keeping them engaged can at times, be a challenge. The teaching of history in elementary, middle, and high schools is challenging enough, and student engagement can be a complex puzzle to solve. Teachers strive to find ways to spark students’ interest and […]

Spotlight: The Vernon Parish Library

The Vernon Parish archive contains a wide variety of content, including yearbooks, newspapers, football history, and more.  Established in 1871, Vernon Parish is steeped in history, its story intertwined with the tales of Native American tribes, European explorers, and resilient settlers who called this land home. Nestled within the boundaries of the former “No Man’s […]

This Day in History: Norway Tigers’ Triumphant Finale – The Real Story Behind “The Final Season”

Norway, a small town in Iowa, was renowned for baseball. Since the early 20th century, baseball was woven into the town’s identity. It was more than just a sport; it was a community bonding activity, a source of pride and joy. The local high school team, the Norway Tigers, started making headlines in The Cedar […]

Partnership Team Spotlight: Grant Kaestner

When you work with Advantage Archives, you get more than just a company, or a single person working with you, you get our whole Partnership Team. We believe it is important to work together to be the best possible partner. Doing so ensures that you’re getting the best of all of us, and in return, […]

Spotlight: The Hall County Historical Society (NE)

An Institution Anchored in the Past, Guiding the Future. The Digitial Archives of The Hall County (NE) Historical Society contains a wide variety of content ranging from  1870-2020. Hall County Nebraska Historical Society, an established custodian of local history, continues its legacy through the creation of the comprehensive Hall County Community History Archive. This remarkable […]

Partnership Team Spotlight: Larry Eckhardt

When you work with Advantage Archives, you get more than just a company, or a single person working with you, you get our whole Partnership Team. We believe it is important to work together to be the best possible partner. Doing so ensures that you’re getting the best of all of us, and in return, […]

Engaging Communities Through Online Archives of Historical Newspapers

Historical newspapers are essential to our cultural heritage, encapsulating the social, economic, and political nuances of different time periods. As we advance in the digital age, many newspapers have been digitized and made available to communities for free online via search platforms like the Community History Archives. This transformation provides a window to our past […]

Spotlight: The Catholic Globe

The Community History Archives of The Catholic Globe contains nearly 40,000 historical pages from 1949-2020.  The Catholic Globe is a weekly newspaper based in Sioux City, Iowa, that serves the Catholic community of the Diocese of Sioux City. The newspaper was founded in 1933 by Bishop Edmond Heelan, and it has been a reliable source […]

Spotlight: The Nation Czech & Slovak Museum

At Advantage Archives, we are proud to have partnered with the National Czech & Slovak Museum on their recent digitization project. The museum, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Czech and Slovak people. With a mission to inspire people from every background to connect […]

Spotlight: The XIT Museum (Dalhart, TX)

The Community History Archive of The XIT Museum contains a vast variety of content, including: newspapers, yearbooks, grave marking, census data, city minutes and much more.  Nestled in the picturesque Texas Panhandle, Dalhart is a town steeped in history, and the XIT Museum is at the heart of preserving and showcasing its heritage. With a […]

Spotlight: The Marion Public Library

The Community History Archives of The Marion Public Library contains a vast variety of content, including newspapers, directories, and abstracts from records of undertakers and embalmers. The archive is one of the most diverse collections Advantage has had the privilege to digitize. Marion, Iowa has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the […]

This Day In History: March 24th, 1989 – The Exxon Valdez

On March 24th, 1989, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker owned by Exxon Shipping Company, ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The tanker, which was carrying over 53 million gallons of crude oil, struck a reef and spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil into […]

Our Core Values: Community, Partnership, Engagement

Advantage Archives has three core values: Community, Partnership, and Engagement Community. It’s often thought of as a geographical location, but a community is any group of individuals that share a common thread. So if you live in a gated area, that’s a community, and if you’re a Vikings fan (SKOL), that’s a community, and if […]

His Dream: Looking Back At The Life Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

It is time to reflect on the impact the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has had on this country. We learned about Dr. King in the classroom, through documentaries, watching Hollywood movies, on the web, or in the countless books written about his life. These sources, when complemented with primary source materials, are invaluable […]

On the Road to New Orleans! LibLearnX 2023

Stop Booth 832 at LLX 2023! Advantage Archives will be in booth 832 on January 27th-30th at the LibLearnX conference. This will be our first year attending this show, and we are excited to exhibit. LibLearnX will offer innovative session design concepts on the program to help you learn, network, and find solutions. Participants can […]

Spotlight: Coe College

The Coe College archive contains a wide variety of content, including yearbooks from 1903-2007 and newspapers from 1899-2013. Coe College was founded by Presbyterian minister Williston Jones in 1851. The college is located in Cedar Rapids, IA, and has an undergraduate enrollment of over 1,300 students. “The Coe College archive is a great tool for […]

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