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Posted on: April 30, 2018

New software allows anyone to view artifacts at Brighton City Museum online

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The collections displayed at the Brighton City Museum are no longer only for local residents. Starting today, you can view the entire Brighton Historic Preservation Commission collection which includes the Japanese American Newspaper collection, the archaeology collection from the Bromley Hishinuma Farm, the Lois Cress collection, and many others. The online museum is available at


The online museum is a work in progress; it has taken roughly four years to get all the artifacts collected, catalogued and uploaded. Now that the online museum is accessible, new artifacts that come in to the museum will be uploaded online in real-time; allowing everyone immediate access to see what’s new.  


One of the collections – the Japanese-American newspapers – has received national attention. The newspapers, found under the floor at the Bromley Hishinuma Farm during restoration, are bi-lingual and were published before, during, and after World War II. These valuables have garnered interest from all types of groups.


“This is exciting for the Commission, because the online collection is an excellent resource to illustrate the impact of local history,” Historic Preservation Coordinator, Jolie Diepenhorst said. “Brighton’s City Museum is just getting underway and we hope the online collection will provide an avenue to bring people into the museum and still allow for research abroad. I suspect the Japanese American newspapers will gain the most attention.”


May is Historic Preservation Month and there are a number of events coming throughout the month of May to celebrate Brighton’s history. 



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