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The Garland County Historical Society has lined up grant money so it can create digital copies of photographs that tell the story of Hot Springs and the county.

The Oaklawn Foundation is giving $10,000, which is on top of $27,500 pledged in January by Umetco Minerals Corp. to create the digital archive.

A storm last August gave the project greater urgency after a tree crashed into the historical society's building on Quapaw Avenue.

The Sentinel-Record reports that more than 30,000 photographs, slides and negatives will be scanned and the images will be stored off-site.

The organization says the project will make the materials more accessible to researchers and the public when they are loaded into a searchable database.

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