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Section is a step back in time

November 13, 2012 - Art Smith

Newspapers have been called the first draft of history. Anyone who has been around Marietta for long knows the community has a lot of history. The Marietta Times has been around to record much of it.

In 1864, just 76 years after Marietta was founded in 1788, the Times started publication and has been bringing the news of the day to Washington County residents ever since.

In all The Times has published around 37,000 editions, first as a weekly until 1898, and then as a daily.

That’s a lot of newspapers, and a lot of stories about the daily comings and goings of people in Marietta. It’s fascinating reading, and it’s all still available at a library near you.

The entire Marietta Times is available via microfilm at both the Washington County Library and the Marietta College Library as part of their special collection’s department.

This past summer we spent some time going through some of the back issues. Technology now allows a reader to make a full-size pdf of the pages. The pdfs can be used in a variety of ways. We used them to make a section that appears in the paper today. The section spans a lot of history, the death of a president named Lincoln for instance; the start and finish of several wars; the visits to Marietta of several presidents; floods, fires, explosions — even the sinking of a boat named Becky — all made the section.

We also produced a special web section using the pages. The web section contains all the pages that were included in the print version, plus a few more. It will be a permanent part of the Community Info section of The pdfs, which are the size of the original newspaper pages, are also included in the section, allowing readers in 2012 to read in The Times the exact stories that their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents did decades ago.

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