For those of you not familiar with the Friends of the Archives, this non-profit group does a lot to support the programming and operations of the State Archives of North Carolina. Over the years the Friends, or FOA as they are often referred to, has funded conservation work on the treasures of the Archives, purchased private collections for the Archives, and provided valuable programming support to the Archives. The FOA also holds periodic workshops on topics such as beginning genealogy. If you aren’t already a member of the Friends of the Archives, I encourage you to join. Your $30 membership is tax-deductible. Membership brochures are available in the Search Room and upon request.
During Archives Week in North Carolina the Friends of the Archives is sponsoring a workshop on the preservation of digital family papers. If you have questions about how to manage your digital pictures or family papers, this is the place to start. Preservation of digital photographs and best practices for managing and preserving files will be discussed. The workshop will also cover ways to share your digital family history. The workshop will be held On October 25 from 9 a.m.-noon in the auditorium of the State Archives’ building at 109 East Jones Street. Cost is $10, but FOA members get in free. To register, simply call 919-807-7310 and reserve your space.