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Posted on: July 19, 2023

Town Project: Yountville Sun's Historic Editions Go Digital

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Date:               July 19, 2023                       

Contact:          Hilary Gaede, Deputy Town Clerk 

              ; (707) 944-8851

Subject:         Town Project - Yountville Sun's Historic Editions Go Digital: Preserving the Treasures of Local Community History

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Town of Yountville is excited to announce the completion of a project to digitalize historic editions of The Yountville Sun, the beloved local community newspaper serving the residents of Yountville and its surrounding areas since 1998. This initiative will forever transform the way the community engages with its rich history. As a part of an ongoing effort to digitalize historic Town documents, Yountville Sun editions have been digitally preserved ensuring that the invaluable stories, milestones, and cherished memories of the community are accessible for generations to come.

The digitalization of the Yountville Sun's historic editions marks a significant accomplishment in the preservation of local heritage. With this ambitious project, residents, historians, and enthusiasts will be able to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Yountville's past, rediscovering the events, voices, and culture that have shaped the community into what it is today.

"We are thrilled to share this transformative journey of preserving the Yountville Sun's historic editions in a digital format," said Deputy Town Clerk Hilary Gaede. "For generations, the Yountville Sun has been the heartbeat of our community, capturing the essence of our daily lives, milestones, celebrations, and challenges. This digital initiative will ensure that our collective memory is not only preserved but easily accessible to all, fostering a deeper sense of connection and appreciation for our shared history."

The digitalization process involved the utilization of advanced technologies, including optical character recognition (OCR). This cutting-edge technique allows for the accurate conversion of printed text into searchable digital content, allowing users to explore the Yountville Sun's historic editions. 

In addition to the digitization of content, the project included the creation of a chronological indexing system, providing users with structured search functionalities. Whether residents are exploring Yountville's cultural heritage or diving into specific events that have shaped the community, the digital platform will offer a user-friendly experience, facilitating exploration, and discovery.

Yountville Sun editor Kim Beltran noted, "local newspapers are the lifeblood of communities, capturing the stories and moments that define our identity. This project allows the residents of Yountville to navigate through time, uncovering the narratives that have shaped our community and gaining new insights into its past."

The Yountville Sun's digitalized historic editions are accessible through the Town’s online Document Center - Historical Documents - Yountville Sun Newspapers : Yountville Sun Newspapers (

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