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Historical society foundation gets photo digitization grant

PIERRE (AP) -- The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from a railway foundation to digitize photographs from the State Historical Society's archives.

PIERRE (AP) - The South Dakota Historical Society Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from a railway foundation to digitize photographs from the State Historical Society's archives.

The grant came from the BNSF Railway Foundation. Chelle (SHEL'-ee) Somsen, director of the State Archives, says the grant helps make the archive photo collection more accessible to researchers and the public.

In the process of digitizing the photographs from the archives at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre, they will be made available online.

Foundation President Michael Lewis says the society's archives contain more than 1 million images. With the digitization project, more than 55,000 of them have been made available on the Internet.

Lewis says the images offer a view into the early and continuing history of the state.

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