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Historical society offers free archive entry to residents

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

For the first time, the Jackson County Historical Society in Medford was open on a Tuesday.

It's thanks to a partnership with the Jackson County Library District, which provides the historical society with $46,000 each year.

The money will help allow the Jackson County Historical Society to have proper staffing and a more flexible schedule, something archivist, Pam Harper, says is needed.

"You know a community without history is kind of empty in way," said Harper.

From colonial history to hundreds of thousands of photographs and endless archives of unpublished material, the historical society is flooded with information says, Harper.

It includes manuscripts from Jacksonville born, Pinto Colvig, the voice of Disney’s “Goofy” and the original Bozo the Clown.

"He would have existed but there wouldn't be anywhere in the valley you could find out any real information about him," said Harper.

And now thanks to the library contribution the archives are now also free to any Jackson County community member.

"We're able to wave that $5 fee because we have their support. It wouldn't be appropriate to charge a user fee to library users when their library taxes are supporting us," said Harper.

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