Friends of Dallas Public Library announces campaign to preserve Dallas Police tributes
Four months after the tragic killings of five Dallas police officers, the Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) is mounting a fundraising campaign to preserve thousands of items left by the public in memory of the victims. The nonprofit group that supports Dallas’ 29 libraries seeks to raise $75,000 through GoFundMe.com to begin digitizing and storing the historical artifacts as the Dallas Police Memorial Archives and to make them available to the public.
Donations to the project can be made by searching for “Dallas Police Memorial Archives” at www.GoFundMe.com. Those who do not wish to donate online can contact the Friends of the Dallas Public Library at (214) 670-1458 or visit www.fodpl.org.
Dallas Public Library Director Jo Giudice said the collection will become part of the permanent holdings of the library’s History & Archives Division. “This division is also home to the President John F. Kennedy Memorial Collection, which is comprised of similar items left in Dealey Plaza following the assassination,” she said. “We believe the heartwarming response to this latest tragedy should be part of our historical collection as well.”
The money donated will enable the library to buy acid-free archival boxes to protect and preserve the artifacts, and to begin the digitization process. “This will ensure that these objects remain in our collection forever and can be shared with the world in the future,” Giudice said.