Historian’s writings enter digital age



The Whitehall Historical Society has finished its last presentation to celebrate 250 years of Whitehall.


Through the work of Kenneth Bartholomew and Carol Greenough, the historical society is now offering “Doris B. Morton’s History of Whitehall and More,” a computer CD containing the writings of the former town historian along with pictures and other archival data.


“I inherited all of the newspaper articles that she had written when she died,” said Greenough. “We had a couple of volumes from the historical society who then took them and categorized them. Ultimately, we had a file box full of newspaper articles.”


Greenough said the file was used as a reference on town history by the historical society when people would call looking for information.


“Ken (Bartholomew) found out and came in and said that he had a proposal where he would take the files one at a time and scan them into the computer,” said Greenough. “He then started to take photocopies of the pages and scan them in, and I would re-read them and edit them.”


Greenough said the main things that she needed to edit was any spelling of names or other words that may have been lost in translation.


“She wrote all of these articles by hand and then they had to be typed in,” said Greenough. “The people reading them would think that she misspelled something when she really didn’t or they would think that she meant to say another word.”


Greenough said once she edited the copy, she would return it to Bartholomew and he would make the corrections and then finalize the scanned version.


“He would bring me back a whole disk at a time,” said Greenough. “We have well over 1,000 pages that we have now scanned in and are a part of the CD.”


Greenough said the works of Morton are the most complete writings that detail the past of the town that started out as Skenesborough.


“It’s the best history of Whitehall to this point; it goes right back to archaeology,” said Greenough. “She was going to use the articles as a basis for a history book. It turned into this project, which is now a CD that has been organized alphabetically by category.”


Copies of the CD are available for $10 each with a $4 charge for shipping and handling, with proceeds benefiting the work of the historical society and helping pay for the events that were part of the 250th anniversary celebration.


“I had a phone call from a guy in Maryland the other day and he wants a copy to be sent to him,” said Greenough.


Orders can be placed through the Whitehall Historical Society,

Box 238, Whitehall, N.Y. 12887



For more information, contact Greenough at 499-1155.



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