Newspapers become history on Internet |

Newspapers become history on Internet

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

NEW CASTLE ” Old and yellowed newspapers chronicling New Castle’s past will soon be a part of history themselves when they are digitized and available through the Internet.

The project is a partnership with the Garfield County Public Library system and the Colorado Historical Society.

“Basically, we have three newspapers we want to get off microfilm and digitized through the state historical society,” Town Administrator Steve Rippy said.

The town intends to digitalize three historical newspapers ” the New Castle News (1893-1898); the New Castle Nonpareil (1898-1905); and the Garfield County Democrat (1905-1920).

Issues of the three newspapers are on microfilm at the library, but will be scanned and digitized so that they may be accessible through a Web page on the Internet.

Town council members on Tuesday night approved the $1,750 cost of digitizing the New Castle News first ” the oldest of the newspapers.

Officials have yet to set a timeline on when the project will start.

According to Jaci Spuhler, director of the Garfield County Public Library system, not much information is available on Garfield County newspapers at the Colorado Historical Society in Denver.

“The plan is to digitalize the old papers and make them available to Garfield County residents, and the world, that goes back to the beginning,” Spuhler said. “Our goal is to have these done by the state so we’ll be able to have some Garfield County history on the Web. We’re one of the few counties in the state that doesn’t have it.”

The library system is also looking at doing the same for old newspapers from the city of Rifle, such as the Rifle Reveille, which was established in 1889; the Rifle Telegram, which began in 1903; and later The Citizen Telegram, formed in 1990.

“Our first priority is to get the Rifle papers microfilmed and then digitized from the microfilm,” Spuhler said.

After being digitized, the newspapers will be available on the Colorado Digitalization Program Web site at under “Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection.”

“We’re getting started very slowly, but this is a wonderful project and bringing attention to Garfield County at the state level,” Spuhler said. “There’s a large amount of lost history and lost continuity. This will be so much better.”

Contact Heidi Rice, 625-3245, ext. 102

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