Hershey Community Archives also recently collaborated with Milton Hershey School to offer online access to historical newspapers. The Hershey Press (published 1909-1926) and Hershey News (published 1953-1964) are both accessible online via AccessPA’s Digital Repository. “Milton Hershey School’s membership in AccessPA provided the Archives with an opportunity to add these newspapers to a state-wide historical newspaper database,” said Hamilton. “Users can search by keyword for articles related to the community or even their own family.” To access the newspapers, go to www.hersheyarchives.organd use the Collections & Research tab.
Collaborations Yield Online Historical Resources
Hershey Chocolate advertisements. Seal-shaped carved ivory toggles. 1950s postcards of Hersheypark. Frakturs. All of these items and more can be viewed online as part of a new collaboration between Hershey Community Archives and The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue. “We wanted to share some of the amazing documents and artifacts our staff encounters each day so we started a Tumblr account,” explains archivist, Tammy Hamilton. “Tumblr allows us to quickly share images of historical objects online so they can be enjoyed by everyone interested in Hershey’s history.”
The Tumblr account, “Documenting Hershey,” can be reached directly at documentinghershey.tumblr.com. “Individuals can even subscribe to the page, so they never miss a post,” said Valerie Seiber, The Hershey Story’s collections manager. “Each post will be a surprise, just as we are often surprised by what we encounter each day.”