It's always exciting when a new resource comes online. This week Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) debuted.
What is the DPLA? According to their history page:
Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials, but these digital collections often exist in silos. The DPLA brings these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together in a single platform and portal, providing open and coherent access to our society’s digitized cultural heritage.
You can read more about this new resource from this article by Public Radio International.
A search on the keyword "church" brought up 32,451 hits. This is the total hits for today, as DPLA has other items added that number will grow. Below, I highlighted some of the features of this website including a breakdown of the types of formats and institutions.
Here's an example of one hit for a 1913 booklet commemorating the opening of a Swedish Christian Mission Church in Duluth Minnesota.
Take an opportunity to search this website by a keyword or keyword phrase including the name of the church your ancestor attended, the auxiliary they were a member of, and the place they lived.
This is a great resource for all kinds of digitized documents. Whether you are researching church records or other types of documents and images, check the Digital Public Library of America out!