January brought three more fantastic College of Charleston interns to the Rosenthall project: William Baltz (Art History and Historic Preservation), Stephanie Burns (Art History), and Amber Coutsos (History, Art History, and Women’s and Gender Studies). We will be posting more about their work on the project soon.
Additionally, staff changes have led us to make the difficult decision to postpone further work on the project. Sarah Dorpinghaus, Project Archivist for the Jewish Heritage Collection and main coordinator of the Rosenthall project, accepted a position at the University of Kentucky and left Charleston at the end of February. Due to an already strained staff and budget, we will not be able to continue our rigorous pace of digitizing images. What has been completed so far (a minor percentage of the total collection) will be uploaded to the new Lowcountry Digital Library this spring. Meanwhile, Dale Rosengarten, Curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection, will seek further funding to make this internationally important collection of Judaica accessible.