The Henry M. Seymour Public Library has received a new digital microfilm machine that will allow researchers to explore countless documents and newspaper records through a computer.
The machine, which was provided through a grant from The Community Fund, works like a traditional microfilm machine, said Jennifer Rose, who has archived most of the materials for the library.
Rose said the old machine has been in disrepair for some time.
“It was so old, you couldn’t get it fixed,” Rose said.
Rose said that The Community Fund grant was instrumental in the library being able to get the machine, which costs thousands of dollars.
“There’s no way we could have afforded it without the community grant,” Rose said.
Rose said the library is currently working to get the software running on the computer in the archive room, but when it is fully operational, multiple papers’ records, including The Enterprise-Tocsin, The Drew Leader, The Ruleville Record and others, will be available to view, as well as historical documents like the Works Progress records from the Depression-era program.
The Community Fund is a non-profit organization designed to channel Indianola's energies and resources to help others in need.
“We ask you to consider making a donation to this worthwhile fund that helps many in our area throughout the year,” said Cherri Kirk, director of Indianola Chamber Main Street. “You can mail your donation to Indianola Chamber Main Street, P.O. Box 151, Indianola or drop it off at the Chamber office at 112 MLK Dr. South.”
Organizations interested in being considered for funds can submit an application. Applications can be picked up at the Chamber office or emailed upon request. Please call the Chamber at 887-4454 for further information.
On top of supporting these organizations, ranging from 4-H Clubs and Extension Service to City Youth Activities, the Community Fund provides scholarships to local seniors at both Gentry High School and Indianola Academy.
Other organizations and groups supported by the Community Fund are the Bill Richardson Civic Alliance, Community Assistance, Community Counseling Center, the Henry M. Seymour Library, Indianola Baseball Activities, Lifeline and the Local Boy Scouts.
Money given to the Community Fund will be handled by an executive committee, which will review applications from participating organizations.
The goal this year is to raise $30,000.