Organization scans family documents to preserve stories from World Wars

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) If you have old letters or journals written by loved ones during the first or second world wars, historians want to help you preserve those items.

Staff from the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission collect documents for scanning at the Lynchburg Public Library Thursday.

The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission is collecting manuscripts as part of its Profiles of Honor Scanning Program. Items are being digitized at various locations around the Commonwealth, including an event Thursday at the Lynchburg Public Library.

Organizers say the program is a way for people to preserve their family history. Those who contribute receive a digital copy of their items, which will also be maintained and preserved by the Library of Virginia.

"Just in case something happens to the originals, this is a great way to not only keep the documents in your family, but also share them so that other people can learn about the incredible things your family members did," explained Rusty Nix, communications manager for the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission.

Thursday's scanning event is taking place from 11 AM until 5:30 PM at the Lynchburg Public Library. The commission will also scan items at the Campbell County Public Library in Rustburg October 14, and the Timbrook library on Leesville Road in Lynchburg October 15.

To learn more about the program and find additional scanning locations, visit: https://www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/scanning

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