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About This Project

"We hope that this exhibit will pique your curiosity and motivate you to explore local history research resources both on DLG and at your local libraries and archives."

In August 2020 the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) launched a new digital exhibits pilot program designed to help libraries share the stories of their communities.  This project gives librarians a way to curate their digitized local history, genealogy, and archival materials. As educational and library programming moves online, it's more important than ever before to highlight and help interpret these valuable resources.

Three Georgia libraries were chosen to participate in this project:

Dougherty County Library System, for its exhibit on the social and documentary history of Albany, Georgia's courthouses;

Middle Georgia Regional Library System, for its exhibit on the history of African American education in Macon-Bibb County;

Georgia College & Mary Vinson Memorial Library, for their exhibit on the relationship between Central State Hospital, the city of Milledgeville, and mental health services.

We produced our projects using the open-source Omeka S platform.  Omeka-S is a next-generation web publishing platform that allows institutions to connect digital cultural heritage collections and their resources online.  Our task was to curate online local exhibits using content already available in the Digital Library of Georgia (DLG).  Our work began on September 21, 2020, and our deadline to make our exhibits live was June 1, 2021. 

There are many wonderful historical facts about Albany's courthouses and the people who worked in them that we did not include. Our goal was not to give a comprehensive historical account of the courthouses.  Instead, we hope that this exhibit will pique your curiosity, motivating you to explore local history research resources both on DLG and at your local libraries and archives.

If you have questions or comments about this project or its website, please contact Laureen Alford, Northwest Public Library, 2507 Dawson Road, Albany, Georgia 31707, 220-420-3270,  We look forward to hearing from you.


Editorial Team:  Danilo Baylen, Caroline Victoria Corbitt, Dustin Landrum, Gayle Schecter, Angela Stanley, John Wright.

Omeka Liasons:  Megan Brett, Robin Fay.

Web Team:  Roderica Davis, Laureen Alford.

Historical and Genealogical Research:  Laureen Alford.

Writing:  Laureen Alford.

Photo Editing:  Roderica Davis, Angela Stanley, Laureen Alford.

Special thanks to:  Holly Croft, Evan Leavitt, Muriel Jackson.

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Items on this site were exclusively sourced from the Digital Library of Georgia. This site complies with the DLG's Collection Development Policy and in particular its Removal Policy. Items may be removed from this site at the discretion of the site owners for one or more of the following:

  • Site is not consistently available and reliable
  • Inaccurate data, facts, or information
  • Proven violation of copyright
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