St. John Valley

Berube honored with Spirit of America award

MADAWASKA, Maine — Madawaska resident Dan Berube has been given the “Spirit of America” award by the “Spirit of America Foundation” for his work in digitally scanning the entire run of the St. John Valley Times.

Berube worked in conjunction with the Madawaska and Van Buren public libraries, both of which made their collections of the hard copy of the newspaper available to him. In addition to the scanning, Berube also completed an index of the obituaries found in the paper. The project encompassed the scanning of nearly 55,000 pages of newsprint and took almost seven years. 

“Just the indexing of the obituaries was a massive project in itself” said Madawaska Library Director Ken Theriault. “This has already become an invaluable asset for researchers in both local history and genealogy. Once the word gets out that the project is complete it will likely become one of the most highly used resources in the Valley.”

The Spirit of America Award was established in 1990 in the name of Maine Municipalities to honor volunteerism in the State. Berube was nominated by Van Buren Town Manager/Library Director Nancy Troeger.

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