Baker museum photo and newspaper clipping archive digitized

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Photos like these, the old Crestview High School at its original location near the corner of State Road 85 and U.S. Highway 90, and a 1930s photo of Lance Richbourg, Minor League baseball legend, have been saved digitally into the Baker Block Museum archives.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Faces from the past gaze from a crisp, high-definition computer monitor’s wide screen, a seeming incongruity given the photo's origin.

However, after countless hours by late Baker Block Museum volunteer JC Connor, about 90 percent of the museum's photo collection has been digitized.

Connor, who died May 21, left behind a legacy for the North Okaloosa Historical Association, which runs the museum and its historic and genealogical research library, museum director Ann Spann said.

He borrowed Crestview High School, Laurel Hill School and Baker School yearbooks and scanned their pages into the archive, she said.

Photographing pages from the Crestview Public Library’s bound copies of old Okaloosa News Journal newspapers was particularly necessary as time was taking their essence.

"They're crumbling," Spann said. "They're so brittle they're just going to crumble apart. We need to preserve them as fast as we can."

Connor worked on the project on his own time over the last several years, around his full-time job as the Okaloosa County School District’s chief information officer.

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