Hillsboro native Ludwig announces plans to digitize Banner archives from 1981-1999

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Posted: Friday, July 31, 2020 6:44 am

Readers of the Hillsboro Banner with a penchant for perusing the past are in luck.

Digitized archives from 1882 through 1980 from the state’s oldest weekly newspaper have been available online for more than a year.

Efforts to have those issues published online were spearheaded by Hillsboro native Jack Ludwig and his late wife, Rosalind, with help from Shane Molander, a state archivist at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Ludwig, who’s living in Australia, announced in an email this week that he’s working to place more issues of the Banner online, adding editions from 1981 through 1999 to the mix, on behalf of the Traill County Historical Society.

The online issues will be available for viewing on a website managed by Advantage Preservation, a firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that digitizes newspapers.

“We can’t thank Jack enough for his efforts to share the Banner archives with our readers and people all over the globe,” said Banner publisher Cory Erickson.

“We have readers from across the country who call us seeking information on their ancestors and it’s great to be able to point them to our online archives to help with their research.”

The searchable archives came in handy earlier this year for Banner staffers while researching how the Spanish influenza impacted Traill County more than a century ago.

Editor Cole Short’s story published April 3 (“More than 2,000 cases of Spanish flu, 80 deaths, seen in Traill County in 1918”) took an hour to research.

“If we had been forced to flip through our bound books, which have become brittle, that process could have taken most of an afternoon,” Erickson said.

Readers interested in accessing the Banner’s archived editions can visit http://hillsboro.advantage-preservation.com.

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