The North Carolina Science Festival began this past Friday and runs for a little over two weeks, with events all over the state. If you’re not familiar with the festival, the “About Us” page on the official website gives an excellent summary of its purpose:
The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.
But History For All the People is an archives, records, history and genealogy blog, so what does all of that have to do with us?
As I mentioned in several blog posts last week, the State Archives of North Carolina is hosting an event as part of the NC Science Festival – on Friday, April 20, the public can visit the Search Room from 9 AM to 3 PM to learn about paper conservation. I don’t know how many people know that the State Archives has a conservation lab run by our Collections Management Branch, which is responsible for the preservation of records of permanent historical value to the state. These records date from the mid-1600s through modern electronic records and they can range from the Carolina Charter of 1663 on parchment, to photographs, to audio recordings in a variety of formats. Although the science behind the preservation of these records has changed over the years, the mandate is the same: to use the best available science to ensure that the documentary history of North Carolina is available to the citizens of the state now and in the future.
If that’s not enough of a science connection for you, we also have a number of science and technology related collections in our holdings. We plan to write several posts over the next two weeks about these materials, including lists of relevant collections provided courtesy of our Special Collections Branch.
If you plan to take part in our event or any of the many others listed on the Science Festival calendar, here are a few things to be aware of:
- WUNC “…has partnered with the North Carolina Science Festival to create the new “MakeRadio” iPhone app to collect and share the sounds of science.” The purpose of the app is to encourage the public to use their iPhones to record and send sound from events they attend to WUNC in order for it to be included on the air. The web page that announces the app includes tips for how to get the best quality sound and descriptions of the kinds of sounds the station would like to collect.
- If you plan to live tweet or mention an event on Twitter, the hashtag for the North Carolina Science Festival is #ncscifest. You can also keep up to date on events by following the festival’s Twitter account, @ncscifest.