01/11/2013 10:16 EST | Updated 03/13/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C. museum secures $10K grant to digitize archives

A museum in B.C.’s Okanagan has won the funding it needs to preserve its archive by digitizing aging photos and interviews with pioneers from the area.

The Lumby Museum doesn't have a website and until recently it didn't have a Facebook page.

But that is all about to change thanks to a $10,000 international grant from the EMC Heritage Trust Project secured through a Facebook contest.

“We’re thrilled. It's so gratifying,” said Robin LeDrew with the museum society.

“Often times when you’re doing grant writing and stuff for non-profit organizations, you write and write and write and nothing comes back. So when you win something or you get something like this, it’s very, very gratifying.”

LeDrew says many of the thousands of photos show pioneers in farming, logging and mill work activities.

She says the digital archive will help the community preserve the aging photos and taped interviews with pioneers.