Sierra Madre Stories & Treasures: Opening Celebration Launching two new interactive digital storyboards at the Sierra Madre Public Library and Richardson House

Come enjoy the opening day festivities at the Sierra Madre Public Library and Richardson House on Saturday, September 28. Beginning at 10 am at Sierra Madre Public Library and continuing at 11 am at the Richardson House, this celebration highlights our grant-funded project featuring two innovative and interactive digital storyboards. Rediscover the rich history of Sierra Madre through this digitized platform displaying rare primary materials, historical images, and artifacts. Light summer refreshments will be served at each location.

Sierra Madre Stories & Treasures digital storyboard project utilizes sensacells to activate content from a portable hard drive and delivers rare and fragile primary resources to tell Sierra Madre’s story in a meaningful and engaging way. Categories at SMPL’s Local History Room include Joy Ride, Locals, Trailblazers, Disaster Strikes, Surprise Me, and Historic Hometown. Topics at Richardson House include Happy Trails, Our Museums, Bushels & Blooms, and Growing Up.

Funded by the California State Library through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Pitch an Idea Grant, this digitized platform will increase accessibility to the local history collection and connect the community to its fascinating past. Using [i]Cell digital storyboards, the past comes alive as we offer Sierra Madre residents and visitors increased visibility and access to the unique materials that tell the story of our distinct California community. The project aims to raise awareness of both public institutions as centers for local history and offers an improved public space for scholars, students, and the general public.

The Local History Collection at the Sierra Madre Public Library is built on a partnership between the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society and the Sierra Madre Public Library. We would like to thank our volunteers, and collection donors and lenders for their continued support and upkeep of the archival collection.

The Richardson House and Lizzie’s Trail Inn museums are owned by the City of Sierra Madre and operated by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society under a joint agreement. In 1974, the Society began restoring the Richardson House in Mount Wilson Trail Park and opened it to the public as a museum and repository of historical artifacts in 1976.

The opening celebration is free and open to the public. It will take place Saturday, September 28, 2013: 10 am at Sierra Madre Public Library and 11 am at Richardson House. Be sure to check our website for the latest updates. The Sierra Madre Public Library is located at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre. For more information please call (626) 355-7186, or visit our website: www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us.