• Press Release

    March 20, 2013

    EMC Announces Heritage Trust Grant Recipients Honors Local Stewardship of Cultural Information Through Digitization

    35 Historic Preservation Projects Over Six Years of Heritage Trust Grants

    Story Highlights

    • Three organizations, Centro de Documentacion de las Artes Escenicas (Chile), Help Georgie Go Digital (Canada), and Caffe Lena History Project (New York), receive latest EMC Heritage Trust Project grants to support projects and initiatives that encourage the stewardship of cultural information.
    • EMC has provided Heritage Trust grants to 35 historic preservation projects over last six years.
    • Founded in 2007, the broader EMC Information Heritage Initiative program has donated more than $35 million to preserve cultural information globally through digitization.
    • Nominations for the 2013 Heritage Trust Project will open in May 2013.

    HOPKINTON, Mass - March 20, 2013 -

    EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) announced that three local organizations have been named grant recipients of the EMC Heritage Trust Project. The grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities in Canada, Chile and the United States.

    To date, EMC® has recognized 35 projects with Heritage Trust grants and, through the broader EMC Information Heritage Initiative program, has donated more than $35 million to help advance the conservation of information heritage globally. Founded in 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative program recognizes organizations and individuals that protect and preserve cultural information from around the world through digitization, allowing readily accessible online research and education. In conjunction with the program, the EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports local people and local projects that practice and inspire the digital stewardship of the world’s information heritage.

    The EMC Heritage Trust Project grant recipients were selected based on the following criteria: potential size of the audience that would benefit from access to the information they are seeking to protect; the at-risk status of the information and why it is urgent to digitize; and how beneficial the EMC grant would be to the overall success of the project.

    In May, 2012, EMC also awarded grants to CyArk, San Francisco, CA; Springfield Free Public Library, Springfield, N.J.;  and The Abbotsford Living History Project, Abbotsford, BC, Canada.

    Nominations for the 2013 Heritage Trust Project will open in May 2013. For more information on the EMC Heritage Trust Project, visit:  http://www.emc.com/corporate/sustainability/strengthening-communities/heritage.htm

    EMC Heritage Trust Project Grantees:

    • Centro de Documentacion de las Artes Escenicas, Santiago, Chile – The Teatro Municipal de Santiago is home to a collection of opera, ballet, concert and event programs dating back more than 100 years. This important collection of Chilean performing arts and societal history not only chronicles all of the cultural events that have taken place since 1906, but also showcases the history of printing, design work, and advertising in Chile. The EMC grant will support the preservation, conservation and digitization of the more than 3,500 playbills. Once digitized, the collection will be completely accessible to the public from an online catalog.
    • Help Georgie Go Digital, British Columbia, Canada – The Lumby Historical Society operates a small rural museum, managed by one, part time employee – Georgie Hay – and features thousands of photos and tape recorded interviews chronicling the community’s one hundred year history that includes placer mining, farming, logging and milling of lumber. Through the EMC grant, the collection will be digitized, preventing aging and flood damage, organized for easy reference and made accessible to a global audience through a new online web site.
    • Caffe Lena History Project, Saratoga Springs, NY – The Saratoga Springs History Museum houses a collection of historical artifacts, photographs, letters and memorabilia, documenting the history of America's oldest surviving folk music coffeehouse, Caffé Lena. Caffé Lena, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization is working to create wide accessibility to this unique, at-risk collection. The EMC grant will support the digitization of the audio material, archiving a groundbreaking era in American music and capturing a glimpse at 20th century social and political history.

      Executive Quote

      Chris Goode, Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, EMC Corporation

      “EMC is proud to enable our global communities to preserve their historical information through the Heritage Trust Project. During the last six years, grant recipients from around the world have increased the accessibility of their cultural artifacts, breeding levels of innovation that could not have been imagined years ago. Congratulations to our latest grant recipients.”

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