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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

One of the first fundraisers the new Newseum ought to consider holding, is for upgrading the antiquated fire-suppression systems, which scarcely protect the ancient archives in many community newspaper basements and cubbyholes.

Nowadays, there is a full array of cutting-edge fire suppression systems, which do not damage books or data systems, while promptly extinguishing fires. However, in today’s world, most newspapers have restricted budgets, which prevents timely archiving. Although many community libraries scan and mirror current papers, many of the older unduplicated issues, still rest unprotected upon creaky shelves in moldy basements. Too many newspapers hold their communities’ irreplaceable institution memories in tenuous storage areas like these.

These priceless memories deserve the best preservation methods available and highball glasses clinking in the sacred Newseum temple amongst the jing-a-ling-jewelry, may very well save many newspaper records from a fate, such as that of the Ancient Alexandria, Egypt library, where our priceless records of antiquity, succumbed to an unfortunate fire.

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