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Markle Historical Society to host scan-a-thon event

The Markle Historical Society is hosting a scan-a-thon on July 18 from noon – 7 p.m. at the Markle historical Society on Sparks Street.

Volunteers will make high resolution scans while lenders wait or schedule a time to leave items with the Markle historical Society in advance.
The scans and catalog records will be uploaded into the online catalog at All items will be carefully handled and immediately returned to the owners.

Make a reservation to attend the event on July 18 or learn how to submit your own scans by contacting

“Many lenders are too selective, mistakenly believing that their family items or recent snapshots are not significant enough,” said Executive Director Joan Hostetler. “We seek images of activities such as laundry day, farming, construction, church, and club events or going to the prom.

“Of particular interest are visuals of houses, commercial structures, or nearly any building as we plan to geo-tag the images and make them map searchable.”

Hostetler advises that if you are unsure if your photos fit the criteria, bring along the whole box for staff to decide.

Indiana Album is a non-profit organization that scans privately owned photos and other documents and brings Hoosiers’ collective history to the web, one image at a time.  

The Indiana Album has digitized over 22,000 items shared by over 460 lenders so far. To search the catalog or learn how to participate visit
The scans are also found in the Indiana State Library’s Indiana Memory database at and the Digital Public Library of America at

Indiana Albums creates scans and catalogs records of historic documents and visual images like photos, maps, tintypes, postcards, drawings, etc. that depict architecture, houses, farms, churches, schools, street scenes, rural life, urban development, transportation, events, people doing interesting things, well-known or interesting people, clubs and organizations, Indiana pioneers, social history, businesses, construction, and industry.

This project is financially supported by donations, sponsorship, grants, and the sale of prints and high-resolution scans for publication and commercial use and is free for personal, educational, and non-commercial purposes.

To participate in the Indiana Album’s:

• Share by making an appointment to have your items scanned. Contact them at or (317) 771-4129.

• Scan and email your own photographs or documents:
Scan the whole image to the edges including mount and leave a small border.
Scan the back of it if it has information or handwriting.
Scan at 24-bit color / 600 ppi (pixels per inch) or 1200 ppi if postcard-sized or smaller.

Do not enhance, color correct, sharpen, or add text to the image. We prefer the raw scan not a photoshopped improvement.
Ideally, save the scan as a TIFF (JPEG, which compresses and loses detail, is also okay).

Since high resolution files are often too large to email, you can simply share the files with us via Click “Add your files,” put into the “email to” area, include your email and write a message to provide details to help us catalog the item like a location, address, full name, dates, event, caption written on the back, etc.)
You may also share by providing a link to Dropbox or google drive.

• Volunteers who have the following skills:
Scanning/ scan-a-thons, cataloging/ metadata / research describing photographs and documents, web page development, GIS, mapping, and geotagging images, marketing and outreach, administrative, organizing, or volunteer coordination, and fundraising.

• Donate funds to help us continue. The Indiana Album is partially funded by grants and corporate and personal donations. Contact them to make a tax-deductible donation or visit