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SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II

Lester Public Library is a partner in this digital collection available online at:

From the website: "The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the period from 1939 to 1947—both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War."
The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II
"The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a joint project of the Manitowoc County Historical Society, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, the Manitowoc Public Library, and the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers. These institutions began planning the project in 2003, with the goal of preserving and improving access to images of life in Manitowoc County during the war years. The actual work of gathering, identifying, and publishing the items to the "State of Wisconsin Collection" site began in the summer of 2004 and will continue through the summer of 2006. To date, funding and in-kind contributions for the project have been provided by the four participating institutions along with the Manitowoc and Lester Public Library Foundations and the Ruth St. John & John Dunham West Foundation, Inc. The Two Rivers Historical Society is underwriting the cost of digitizing The Sojourner.

The "Home Front" does not exist as a distinct physical collection of materials. Rather, the documents, photographs, newspapers, and other resources being digitized for the "Home Front" collection have been drawn from the general holdings of libraries, museums, historical societies, and other agencies and organizations in Manitowoc County, or borrowed from private individuals. Organizations providing special assistance to this project include Kiel Public Library, Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc Herald-Times-Reporter, and the Two Rivers Historical Society. The digital collection is a work in progress that will be added to over the next year."

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