Thanks to the Clay County Community Foundation, under the auspices of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, the Clay County Genealogical Society received an $8,000 grant on November 17th, 2018, to purchase equipment for a new microfilm reader station. Patrons can now view historical newspapers, census records, and other information on microfilm available at the library. The old microfilm reader/printer was no longer capable of being repaired. The new reader is connected to one of the library’s printers. With the new equipment patrons now have the capability of capturing one or more articles from microfilm, increasing or decreasing the size of the articles, and typing informational notes on the page to be printed.
The Clay County Community Foundation received requests totaling $165,000 in 2018, but only $60,000 was available for distribution. The volunteers at the library were grateful that the Clay County Genealogical Library in Center Point was one of the nine non-profit organizations fortunate to receive a grant to fund their project.
With the grant and donations made by CCGS members the microfilm station includes the new microfilm reader, a computer to operate it, and a large screen monitor to easily view the microfilm.