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Rochester Public Library helping people keep memories

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Preserving memories for posterity can be difficult especially with new technology and old formats like video tape becoming obsolete. The Rochester Public Library is helping preserve, save and share those memories free of charge.

Nestled in a small room, “Convert-O-Lab” is up and running, helping anyone upgrade their personal videos to more current formats. The library’s lab can be booked in 3 hour blocks, but before you can start using it you must go through a training session with library staff.

Susan Hansen helps with that training and says the best part is what the younger generations get out of those old videos.

“I love what people are doing with their stories, they’re taking them home and sharing them with the family and they’re showing kids great grandpas and grandmas doing things they’re sharing photos that no one has seen and I think that’s an important part of our history and our culture is to share those memories and images with people,” Hansen said.

Hansen says the coolest thing she’s had the opportunity to bring back to life are audio tapes from 1948. The recordings featured the Mayo brothers singing in a choir.

For more information on Convert-O-Lab, click here.

Ubah Ali

Ubah Ali

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