“Making Memories” project preserves family history

Making Memories project worked on by students at Moraine Park

Moraine Park recently took part in the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Student Showcase at the State Capitol, and a neat project done by my graphic communication students was featured at the event.

This project was called “Making Memories.”

Participation in the project brought Introduction to Graphic Arts students into contact with the history and customs of families in their geographic area through the process of scanning and organizing a digital archive. Guidelines form the U.S. Library of Congress Personal Archiving website helped to establish the parameters of the “Making Memories” project.

Photographic prints and negatives were provided by the campus community.

The class was split into working teams of 4-5 members. The groups were responsible for working cooperatively to scan, number and perform basic digital restoration of the images provided. In two semesters, this project has resulted in approximately 1,200 photos being scanned, numbered, edited and saved into DVD archives for 13 area families.

If you’re interested in a career in graphic communications, check out more info at morainepark.edu/programs.

And if you just like to look at old photos, check out the “Throwback” section of our Moraine Park blog.

Written by Shawn McAfee
Graphic Communications Instructor