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Digitizing school memories
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Lethbridge historian Bruce Haig spearheaded a project to digitize yearbooks from Southern Alberta.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Yearbooks are a great way to keep hold of school memories and reminisce about the people and adventures that defined our experience in school. They're instant history, lasting memoirs.

This nostalgic sentiment is the reason why local Lethbridge historian Bruce Haig started a project to digitize the yearbooks of Southern Alberta.

“I’ve always been interested in how people grow older, how their thoughts and looks change,” he says. “There are yearbooks in schools, but who sees them? Now, people all over the world have a chance to look at them. So the Internet is perfect for sharing this stuff.”

Haig scanned and posted his own yearbook online over a decade ago, and after finding Facebook groups that expressed the same sentiment, his yearbook collection grew over the years. Now in his 80s, Haig contacted the University of Lethbridge Library to partner and expand the yearbooks project. Haig remains the collector of yearbooks and the library facilitates the scanning and hosting process.
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“Our library digitization group spoke about it and we just thought that it was important to preserve all of [Haig’s] content, not just his yearbooks, but also his publications,” says Jake Cameron, systems support specialist with the library.

Haig is seeking yearbooks from all and any institutions in Southern Alberta, from Crowsnest Pass east to Taber and north to Claresholm, right down south to the border with the United States. The oldest yearbook in the collection dates back to 1925.

Haig admits it’s not easy to get people to part with their yearbooks because they want to preserve it themselves, especially considering that in order to get a good scan, the yearbooks need to be torn apart and scanned page by page.
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With a collection of over 230 yearbooks available wherever there is an Internet connection, history and memories are instantly accessible to anyone who wants a laugh over out-of-fashion hairstyles, who lost their yearbook, or who wonders what mom looked like back in high school.

The yearbooks collection can be accessed by searching for Bruce Haig’s name on the University of Lethbridge Library Digitized Collections website, http://digitallibrary.uleth.ca. Those interested in donating a yearbook can contact Haig via email at bjhaig@ourheritage.net.
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