|As the year draws to a close, the Society reflects on the many projects that we have undertaken in 2012. We launched a new website, held more than a dozen programs and walking tours, completed our collections inventory, and continued our oral history initiative- now in it’s second year. The Society began processing and digitizing several hundred items donated to our collections by a long-time South End resident- a project that will continue through most of 2013. In 2012, we had a record number of researchers, South End residents, local news outlets, and others use our collections and resources, a trend that we anticipate will continue.
The Society’s yearly operating income pays our hard-working staff and allows us to continue to advocate and advise for preservation in the South End. However, in 2013 we need to begin implementing major improvements to our historic South End rowhouse- the Francis Dane House. We also need to continue the massive overhaul of our collections management system, and to expand our use of digital tools in an effort to make our collections and South End history more accessible to the public.