The collections displayed at the Brighton City Museum are no longer only for local residents. Starting today, you can view the entire Brighton Historic Preservation Commission collection which includes the Japanese American Newspaper collection, the archaeology collection from the Bromley Hishinuma Farm, the Lois Cress collection, and many others. The online museum is available at http://brightonco.pastperfectonline.com.
online museum is a work in progress; it has taken roughly four years to get all
the artifacts collected, catalogued and uploaded. Now that the online museum is
accessible, new artifacts that come in to the museum will be uploaded online in
real-time; allowing everyone immediate access to see what’s new.
of the collections – the Japanese-American newspapers – has received national
attention. The newspapers, found under the floor at the Bromley Hishinuma Farm
during restoration, are bi-lingual and were published before, during, and after
World War II. These valuables have garnered interest from all types of groups.
“This is exciting for the
Commission, because the online collection is an excellent resource to
illustrate the impact of local history,” Historic Preservation Coordinator,
Jolie Diepenhorst said. “Brighton’s City Museum is just getting underway and we
hope the online collection will provide an avenue to bring people into the
museum and still allow for research abroad. I suspect the Japanese American
newspapers will gain the most attention.”
May is Historic Preservation Month and there are a number of events coming throughout the month of May to celebrate Brighton’s history.