In January, KDS embarked on a comprehensive project to digitize the school's numerous historical artifacts such as photographs, documents, slides, etc. that need to be archived and preserved for future generations.
"We are so fortunate to have original documents and photos that tell the story of KDS and the Gunter Mountain community, but it's important to save those so they're accessible years from now," said Executive Director Heather Green.
The project will encompass scanning the items, digital storage of files, and physical storage of items in a manner which is archivally appropriate. The photos and documents are being scanned, tagged, and indexed to make searching easy.
Community members and KDS alumni are participating in the project by allowing the school to scan their photos and by helping to identify individuals in photos.
"The community has really gotten behind this project, and people are sharing photographs we have not previously had in our archives. It's very exciting," said Green.
The funding for the digitization project was generously provided by the Alabama Society DAR.