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Letter from General Philemon Thomas to the Congressional Convention, the day after he captured the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge, on Sept. 23, 1810, commencing the West Florida Rebellion of 1810.

The West Feliciana Parish Library has partnered with the West Feliciana Historical Society and Museum and announces they are the recipient of a Rebirth Public Library Grant to create The West Feliciana Digital History Archive, a news release said.

Over the next year, the project will collect, digitize, catalog and make publicly available on a hosted website original historical records, documents and photographs from institutional and personal community collections. The project will chronicle West Feliciana’s cultural heritage, history, genealogy and traditions for their preservation and for the benefit of researchers, genealogists, educators and future generations.

Newly appointed Library Director Stacie Davis, who heads the project, said, “This archive will not only give the public access to priceless historical documents, photographs, and research, but will also allow them to tell their own stories and preserve their own histories.”

The project’s initial goal is to digitize the Elisabeth Ann Kilbourne Dart Collection held by the West Feliciana Parish Museum, then hold Community Scan Days where items held in family history collections throughout the parish will digitized and preserved, the release said. After items are scanned, they will be added to the web archive, making these primary sources of history, heritage and culture. The end goal is to create educational thematic virtual exhibits, in-person exhibits and presentations surrounding the digitized content.

The project has garnered interest from several community groups, including the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter and the Genealogy Society, and is looking for ways to partner with the West Feliciana Parish High School.

Anyone interested in volunteering on the project can email Davis at sdavis@wfplibrary.org or call her at the library, (225) 635-3364. Davis said, “This is a community project, and we will need volunteers to help organize, scan and catalog. We are in the beginning stages but will need volunteers for scanning beginning in December.”

Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act economic stabilization plan. Additional funding provided by the Union Pacific Foundation.