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Cleveland native hunkering down in Louisiana to protect historical newspaper archive from hurricane

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jul 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-13 12:51:50-04

NEW ORLEANS — A Cleveland native who lives in New Orleans and has an an extensive and historical newspaper archive is bracing for Hurricane Barry.

Joseph Makkos has a massive collection of newspapers dating back more than 150 years.

Makkos is an archivist with an important mission — to preserve written history. He got his start right here in Cleveland. His first job was delivering papers for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"It's about making this knowledge more accessible," Makkos said.

He's guarding more than 30,000 newspapers from destruction.

"There's lots of conversations that can happen by going back into the historical paper record and there's a lot of things that can come out of this we can learn from," he said.

Makkos said he's still making safety a priority and when it comes time, he will get out.

"You can watch the news and prepare as much as you want, but at the end of the day you have to assess the situation for what it is. I gotta do everything I can do to protect this until the time where I have to go," he said.