As you may have seen from a recent Dept. of Cultural Resources press announcement, the State Archives is taking part in the North Carolina Science Festival. The Science Festival will run from April 13-29 and will include events all over the state and for all ages. Our event will take place on April 20th:
On April 20th, we will put up a display on the history and science behind paper conservation techniques used by the State Archives of North Carolina since the 1920′s. Examples of the techniques will be illustrated with original documents from our collections. Included in the display will be the first page of the Charter of 1663, a very large, illuminated parchment document. Staff will be on hand to answer questions of visitors.”
The event is free, open to the public, and will take place from 9 AM – 3 PM in the Search Room. Another event that is taking place during the Science Festival is the grand opening of one of our downtown Raleigh neighbors, the Nature Research Center. The Center is have a grand opening gala and after party on April 13 and a 24-hour event that will run April 20-21. The gala begins at 7 PM on the 13th and the 24-hour opening event begins at 4 PM on the 20th, so if you plan to do research with us on those days parking should be relatively normal. However if you plan to visit us on Saturday the 21st, you may want to leave some extra time for driving and parking as some downtown streets will be closed as part of the celebration.
I’m also happy to announce that Wi-Fi is now available in the Search Room. Check with our reference staff at the Search Room desk for a login and password. We are working on an instruction page that will likely be added to the website. I’ll share that information and a link when the page is available online.