We are currently working on locating and digitizing old Jersey Shore newspapers. We started this project a year ago and have made great progress.
In 2016 we discovered that a number of old newspapers were listed on a website of an imaging company in Hazleton, Pa.. We contacted them about getting copies, six months later we called again, no answer, six more months and never received a call back, so we gave up.
Fast forward to January 2018, we were informed that The Clinton County Genealogy Society mentioned there were 6 flash drives at the Ross Library that contain old Jersey Shore newspapers. We made a trip to the library and copied the flash drives, to our surprise, they are the missing papers that we have been looking for since 2016.
These newspapers date from the 1880’s to 1917, they are not indexed, but the images are quite readable. We hope to have these available for research and genealogy purposes.
The museum has 8 reels of microfilm, which are old Jersey Shore newspapers as well as the Oval ledger dating back to the 1880’s as well as Pennsylvania land grants dating to 1748. We do not have a microfilm reader, but we received a donation which allowed us to have those reels digitized.
We were gifted a inventory software program, so in the coming months we will be able to categorize our collection.