2018-08-09 / Front Page

Latrobe Bulletin launches historical archive online

Starting today, the Latrobe Bulletin is proud to announce the immediate availability of a fully searchable online archive of digitized versions of all available past issues from the first date of publication on Dec. 18, 1902, through December 2003. The archive is available through the new Archives Section added to the newspaper’s website at latrobebulletinnews.com and was created in cooperation with Newspapers.com.

The direct link to the archives is latrobebulletinnews.newspapers.com.

Bulletin Editor Steve Kittey noted the significance of the launch, saying, “These pages include the rich stories of the Latrobe Bulletin’s long history, including major events like the fire at St. Vincent Archabbey, the Kecksburg UFO, the Wilpen train wreck and the deadly helicopter crash at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Fair on Labor Day of 1978, as well as personal family history details including every birth, marriage and death reported in the paper. People using this online archive can find in just a few seconds content that previously required many hours of searching through reels of microfilm at a library or archive. Now everyone can carry Latrobe’s history with them in the palm of their hand,” since the archive also works well on smartphones.

The archive contains fully searchable page images with search result matches highlighted on each image, allowing users to quickly find what they’re looking for. Sharing features allow clippings to be posted on social media sites or shared by email and there’s a public clippings area in the archive showing what users are discovering.

For access to the Latrobe Bulletin archives only, the cost is $4.95 per month or $19.95 for six months. Newspapers.com also offers Basic and Extra subscriptions throught its website that offer access to pages from many other newspapers across the nation.

Newspapers.com said it is honored to work with the Latrobe Bulletin on this ambitious project to make this historical archive available online.

“We hope users will enjoy finding their own family stories and photos and will use the archive’s clipping feature to share content and encourage others to get involved rediscovering meaningful details from the past,” the company said in a press release.

Newspapers.com is the online home of more than 400 million pages of historical newspapers from over 8,500 newspapers from around the United States and beyond. It is a website designed to offer a historically rich collection of U.S. and international newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.

Newspapers.com has been a member of the Ancestry.com family since November 2012. For more information, visit www.newspapers.com.

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