NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will host Scanning Day on Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon, giving members of the public an opportunity  to share and preserve a digital image of their fishing industry photographs, documents, and other records for future generations.

The Center invites the public to bring their fishing industry-related photographs, both historic and contemporary, as well as documents such as settlement sheets, union books, or news clippings to be scanned. Staff will scan the materials and record any information the owner shares about each piece. The photo owner will leave with their originals, along with a digital copy of the scans on a flash drive.

The Center is working to create a digital archive of these materials which will be made available to researchers and the public. "These documents will help us to tell the story of the fishing industry," a press release stated.

This event is free and open to the public.

Those who have a collection and would like to contribute to the digital archive, but are not able to attend Scanning Day, are asked to call 508-993-8894 or email info@fishingheritagecenter.org to make an appointment to have the collection scanned. Future dates for Scanning Days are Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.

 The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information, please contact the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center at info@fishingheritagecenter.org or call 508-993-8894.