Anderson-Lee’s historic newspaper collection goes digital

SILVER CREEK – The Anderson-Lee Library announces the establishment of the Historic Silver Creek Community Newspapers Digital Collection in memory of Richard J. Crino (1937-2011).

The digitized collection of nine local newspapers spans a period of 115 years (1854-1969). The collection, which is available for use in the library, is accessible to multiple users and has a search feature allowing readers to search the newspapers for keywords. This is a significant time saver over the previous microfilm format, and is useful to those interested in doing historical and/or genealogical research.

The digitization project was completed in honor of Richard “Dick” Crino, a lifelong resident of Silver Creek who dedicated his life to serving and enhancing the community he cherished. Among his many accomplishments, Dick was the founder of the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes, and served as its first president. He also helped to create the Silver Creek High School’s first student musical. Dick also served as treasurer on the Anderson-Lee Library Board of Trustees for nine years.

His love for the community began as a child helping out at his parents’ grocery store, Crino’s Market, where he met many locals as well as people who were just passing through. He treasured those memories throughout his life, and these early experiences led him to want to dedicate himself to the people of the community.

His wife, Sally Crino, believes that naming the historic digital newspaper collection in Richard’s honor is something he would be proud of, in that it is representative of his love and commitment to the community.

The project was funded through donations from family members and friends in Richard’s memory, as well as through funds provided by the Fortnightly Club, which was founded in 1940 and disbanded in 2011. Its mission was to support the Anderson-Lee Library, and they closed their treasury with this final gift.

The library eventually plans to place the digital newspaper collection online, which will allow people to access the collection from home or from anywhere in the world. For more information, call 934-3468.