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Michael Lemberger Collection Donation
April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
On Monday, April 24th, Ottumwa will celebrate the announcement of the donation and preservation of what is being called “Ottumwa’s Gift to Iowa’s Education”. Michael W. Lemberger’s photography collection, conservatively estimated at more than 1.5 million pieces, will officially move to the University of Iowa Special Collections where it will be kept intact and preserved for generations to come. The University of Northern Iowa will then curate a selection of the collection for their pilot project,– fortepan.us –, the first digital archive in the United States (one of only two in the world) offering High Resolution downloads of images, all licensed under creative commons.
The event will feature guest speakers Mary Rettig from the University of Iowa and Dr. Bettina Fabos from the University of Northern Iowa, along with a short video presentation and addresses from local leaders. U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack is scheduled to speak at the event as well. Following the press-announcement will be a short question and answer session for the various parties involved, while refreshments are served to the public.
More than 30 presentations from local K-12 students will be on display to showcase the gift’s impact and relevance to education in a digital age. Students from Cardinal and Ottumwa districts had the opportunity to use photographs from the collection as inspirations for a myriad of projects, ranging from art and short stories, to research material and 3D modeling.
We hope you’ll join us for a day to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Ottumwa’s finest.