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Hall County Library seeks publics help with historical photos
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Jack Myers and Dee Hayes look through a large collection of unidentified photos Saturday at the Hall County Library to help the library put names with faces. The library has a collection of Hall County historical photos that need to be identified. - photo by ERIN 0. SMITH

A woman in a floral-print sheath dress pinned a “Jimmy Carter for Governor” poster on a bulletin board.

Alongside it were pinned newspaper clippings from The Atlanta Journal and The Daily Times.

The Hall County Library System is seeking the public’s help identifying individuals and places in photos like that one. Saturday, the Gainesville branch held its second event inviting people to look through copies of historical photos.

“We’ve got large numbers of photographs and we’re turning those into printouts so people can come in, look through them and help us identify the places, people and events,” said Ronda Sanders, genealogy and local history librarian.

The photos are primarily from the Hall County region, though some White and Lumpkin counties photos have “muddied the waters,” Sanders said. All photos are from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

“We’ve even got some color photographs in here,” Sanders said.

Jack Meyers and Dee Hayes of Gainesville visited the library Saturday to flip through the photo copies. Hayes said they weren’t able to identify many people, but they could recognize many places.

“I know that water tank,” she said, looking at a black-and-white photograph of a field. “That’s City Park and that’s the water tank up on the hill.”

Meyers said it was his first time looking through the photos, booklets of which covered five tables in the Gainesville library.

Hayes said she stopped by the library last month when it held the first photo identification day. More than 15 people stopped in that day, but far fewer came by Saturday.

“We think the cold weather messed us up a little today,” Sanders said.

The library will hold a third event Dec. 13. Sanders said library officials will “see how that one goes” and determine whether to wait until spring to schedule a fourth.

Regardless, Sanders said she thinks people enjoy helping them sort through the photographs.

“We’ve had a good response from people coming in and just walking down memory lane,” she said.