The Historical Society recently received a grant through the Tennessee State Library and Archives to help purchase a $4,090 microfilm reader/scanner for the Genealogy Room in the Perry County Library in Linden.
The Perry County Historical Society received the grant for $4,090 with a matching amount of 50% in local funds. The County Commissioners approved the expenditure, with money to come from the tourism fund.
"Each one of these machines costs thousands of dollars. Many of our local libraries and archives simply can't afford the expense alone. These grants, which would not be possible without the Tennessee General Assembly, offer a way to obtain the machines that are critical to preserving local records," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.
The grants provide partial funding to purchase the machines for organizations that maintain microfilm of county and municipal records.
"I am pleased to welcome these funds in my Senate district. New technology is more than an investment in our library. It's an investment in the future of our community. I congratulate the local officials who worked to secure this grant, and I look forward to all this funding adds to Perry County," said Senator Hensley. "This will enable future generations of our residents to better understand the people and events that shaped the biography of our community. I am grateful to Secretary Hargett and the Library and Archives for their support of Perry County."
The Library and Archives also awards library technology grants, archive development grants and library construction grants annually.