Friday, August 05, 2011

Major road photography collection saved from the city dump, right out of the dumpster, and will now be scanned and available online to the public (includes first mile of concrete road, first snowmobile, first modern traffic light)

Thanks to Nancy Darga, Managing Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area; these photographs and documents were rescued from a dumpster during the turmoil days of reorganizing Wayne County in the 1980's. They were turned over to the State to be protected in a climate control facility with appropriate archival treatment. Mark Harvey, the Director of Collections and Education of the Historical Museum, said " We are happy to be able to preserve these valuable photos and documents and make them available to the public for the first time".

Nancy Darga, stated that "saving these artifacts is just the first step in preserving our heritage. We are working with the Michigan Historical Museum to scan these documents for public viewing. It is time to bring attention to Wayne County's innovations that led to the first mile of concrete, the first modern traffic light, the first snow plow, the first depressed limited access freeway and the painted white line that delineates lanes that saves lives daily".

A big hug of gratitude to Nancy for saving photos from oblivion, and kick starting a program to scan and make them available to the online public!

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