In an effort to expand visitor services, the Littleton Museum is pleased to announce the digitization and online access of the museum’s collections. The artifact collections began with the loosely-organized Littleton Historical Society back in the 1940s. Long-time Littleton Independent Editor Edwin Bemis, one of the main contributors, helped gather a variety of artifacts and “old stuff” from Littleton’s storied past. When the City of Littleton created the Littleton Historical Museum back in the late 1960s, the objects were offered to the new organization, creating the nucleus of the collection. Since then, most pieces have been out of the public eye, seen occasionally in exhibitions created by the museum.
With over 43,000 cataloged items in the collection, the museum’s staff felt it was time to share some of the wide-ranging objects with the public. “There has been an increase in the requests for information about the objects,” says Curator of Collections Jenny Hankinson. “By digitizing the collection and making it available online, we can help researchers, visitors, and educators utilize the collections in different ways.”
Using specialized software called PastPerfect, artifact information and photographs will be accessible from the museum’s webpage, under the “Museum Collections” heading. From there, directions for searching the database explain how to use it. Objects will be gradually added to the site, and will be searchable. Although some culturally-sensitive and copyright protected items may be exempted, staff anticipates most of the collections will be eventually accessible, mainly under the “Objects” heading. This includes items too fragile to be exhibited, and artifacts unrelated to changing exhibitions. The first grouping of artifacts available to view will be from the museum’s recent “The Littleton Story in 125 Objects” exhibit. Visit littleton.pastperfectonline.com to access the collections.