FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Fort St. John North Peace Museum will be digitizing newspapers from here in Fort St. John, all thanks to a grant in aid from the Peace River Regional District.

With the grant’s funds, the museum purchased a large-scale scanner and some software through Ideal Office Solutions. One of the first to be digitized will be the Alaska Highway News.

Heather Sjoblom, Museum Manager, says, “Museum staff and volunteers have long dreamed about making these newspapers searchable. The museum fields over 110 research requests from the public annually. This project will enable the museum to respond to these requests more efficiently. It will also facilitate research on items in the museum’s collection and will be useful for creating future museum exhibits.”

Alaska Highway News first began publishing in 1944, just before the end of the Second World War and before FSJ was considered a village. With 76 volumes that include more than a quarter-million pages documenting the North Peace Region’s growth throughout the years.

The museum is looking for volunteers to help scan the newspapers. There will be a 30-minute training session, and then volunteers can set their own hours.

If you’re interested or have any questions, you can contact Heather at the North Peace Museum at 250-787-0430 or email fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.