Bentonville Public Library Gets Genealogy Donation

Kristin Netterstrom writes in the The Morning News (Arkansas) that the Bentonville Public Library has received a nice donation from the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society. The donation covers a lot of things that are of interest to genealogists researching that area of Arkansas. Quote:

Genealogy researchers on a quest for information will find thousands of documents at the Bentonville Public Library once it opens because of a “significant donation” from Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society.

The documents, now housed in a room at Compton Gardens, will move to the new library on Main Street when the building opens in October, said Library Director Cindy Suter.

Suter is asking the Bentonville City Council to approve a resolution Wednesday accepting the donation. Then librarians and society volunteers will spend the next few months cataloging the census records, death notices and unique books into the library’s collection. The society’s donation also includes DVDs and other information valuable to people seeking names and dates about their ancestry.

Projects like this will help spur an interest in genealogy, if it’s easily accessed by the public (or even just seen for that matter – it’s quite easy to get the casual library patron interested in genealogy if you make it easy for them).

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