On Thursday, March 1, between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center (KTHC) is participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day, the 24-hour online competition hosted by Fairfield County Giving Foundation with lead sponsor Bank of America.
This year, KTHC is raising money to purchase a high-quality, flat-bed scanner, which will allow museum curators to digitize archival documents for preservation and research purposes. Digital copies of archival materials allow researchers greater access to these fragile and unique documents. The scanner will also allow curators to digitize the glass plate negatives in KTHC’s Hartmann Collection. The Hartmann Collection contains over seven thousand negatives of photographs taken by Ridgefield photographer Joseph Hartmann at the turn of the 20th century. Through the efforts of The Hartmann Society and KTHC, roughly 10% of the photographs have had prints made or have been digitally archived.