Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH)
What is PEACH? Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH) is a project of the Parker County Library Association (PCLA). In partnership with local history groups, museums, and other interested parties, the public libraries in Parker County will actively seek out and digitize documents, maps, photographs and newspapers related to Parker County history.
In addition, oral histories will be collected and digitized as part of this project.
Once these documents are collected and digitized, the digital files will be made available through the PCLA online catalog at www.mypcla.com.
Where does PEACH get documents to digitize?
During the first year of the PEACH project, efforts will primarily be focused on digitizing extremely rare, old or fragile documents. These documents may be contained in existing library collections or in the collections of museum partners in Parker County.
PEACH staff also want to encourage members of the general public to contact us if they have items that pertain to Parker County history.
Do I have to give my items to PEACH permanently to have them digitized? No. PEACH will digitize materials onsite at museums and libraries throughout Parker County. Once the materials are scanned, PEACH does not need to retain the materials. You may choose to give PEACH the ability to display and distribute digital copies through its website even if you retain ownership and possession of the original materials.
Should you wish to donate materials to PEACH, you will complete a Deed of Gift assigning ownership of the materials to the City of Weatherford.
What is oral history? Oral history is simply interviews with people who have firsthand knowledge-particularly of people, events, localities, or time periods. Typical interviewees for oral history projects include longtime residents, elected officials, and veterans. The PEACH archive will allow users to access recordings of these oral histories.