Sharing photographs from the Anacortes Museum website just got easier with the addition of Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter links on each record page.
With the Anacortes Museum’s photo collection is available online, more and more people are discovering photographs they haven’t seen before, even family pictures. Most exciting for museum staff is the help the community is giving us with identifying people in the photos, using the Send Feedback button that appears above each individual photo. Already we’ve had many names put to what were previously unidentified faces. Like me, you might find a photograph of your mother roller-skating through what is now the Mayor’s office.
When you click on the Send Feedback button, a window opens that asks for your name and email, and this generates a message with your comments directly to the curators at the Anacortes Museum. Please offer additional information and/or suggest corrections to the current description. We need the whole community to pitch in, and now that it’s rainy, it’s a great way to have fun while e-volunteering.
You can hunt for “unknown” or “unidentified” in the description or keyword search, or browse the random images until you recognize something or someone. Think about adding information so future generations can make better sense of the photographs they’re seeing in our collection.
Sometimes the information to identify one photo can be found in another. As a demonstration, I searched “unknown” using the advanced description search. I opened a 1940s photo of the Big Dipper ice cream shop located at 1907 Commercial (near the current location of Frontier Building Supply). I thought I recognized my friend, Marie Bozanich Jacobson, so I did a keyword search for Bozanich. Sure enough, I found a different photo identifying this group as the Marineers’ Pageant royalty for 1940, Marguerite Veloni, Enid Rock and Marie Bozanich.
The ability to get the whole community involved in labeling our collective photo album is important work, and it’s fun. Please help when you can, and tell your friends about the Anacortes Museum’s photo database and its interactive features. As this research group called “You Know You’re From Anacortes When…” makes discoveries and solves riddles, please check and see how it compares to the photo descriptions of the Anacortes Museum’s online database, and offer your input using the Send Feedback button.
Remember that your comments don’t appear instantly on the website; they need to be reviewed and verified by museum staff and will appear following the next database update.