Thanks to a grant from Mass Humanities, the museum will begin digitizing over 400 intake ledgers from Tewksbury State Hospital this month. The ledgers span from 1884 through the late 1940s. Ledgers predating 1884 were previously digitized through a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Lowell Libraries and can be accessed online through the university’s website (https://libguides.uml.edu/c.php?g=492497&p=3369244).
Digitizing the remaining records will not only ensure the longevity and preservation of the ledgers, but will enable genealogists, researchers, and scholars to access the records to better understand the history of the state hospital and the many people who came through its doors. Using a CZUR ET18 Pro Professional Document Scanner, the records will be scanned, archived, and tagged with metadata (data that provides information about the document).
Leading the digitization effort is intern Kim Bonner, who has a background in genealogical research and volunteered with the New England Genealogical Society in Boston to digitize historic Catholic records from the Archdiocese of Boston. 
Tewksbury Almshouse Intake Record, UMass Lowell Libraries, Lowell, MA

At the end of 2021, two members of the Public Health Museum Board of Directors stepped down.

Ashlynn Rickord Werner made extraordinary contributions to the museum, on the board, and before that as the museum coordinator. She brought archival, collections, and historical expertise to all her service to the museum, instituting innovations to the operations and energetically securing grant funding for multiple purposes. She oversaw and led significant advances for the museum. She also wrote Tewksbury State Hospital in the Images of America series with Jon Maynard (signed copies available from the Public Health Museum).

Paul Berian was a volunteer at the museum when he generously agreed to take on the job of treasurer and join the board. He brought his business expertise to the board, and as treasurer, managed complicated issues and introduced enhanced methods and
practices for tracking funds for our growing operation.

We will miss Ashlynn and Paul on the board, and thank them for their service. We also greatly appreciate their continued involvement with the museum and willingness to provide expert advice. We wish them all the best in their endeavors.

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