State Archives of North Carolina Offers Public Programs During Archives Week

[This announcement comes from Andrea Gabriel, Director of Outreach and Development for the State Archives of North Carolina]

Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 21-27, 2013 Archives Week in North Carolina and the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh presents a number of related programs to appeal to a variety of audiences.

Bring in your family films to share with others on “Home Movie Day,” Saturday, October 19. Home Movie Day is an international event held in local communities around the world.  It provides an opportunity for attendees to bring in their home movies, learn more about their own family films, and—most importantly—watch and share them with others.  Film archivists will be on site to share information about how to care for and preserve these family treasures. Depending on the condition, attendees will have the chance to view their own films on the big screen. Equipment provided by A/V Geeks Transfer Services will allow participants to get a free transfer of their film. Bring in films of any film format—8 mm, Super8, 16mm—as well as VHS or Video8 format (cued up, five-minute limit please).  Home Movie Day will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium at 109 East Jones St. in Raleigh.

Last spring law professor John V. Orth and Justice Paul Martin Newby released a new edition of The North Carolina Constitution with History and Commentary, a textbook which provides the historical context of this important document. In honor of the book, two related programs will be presented on October 21.  At noon a program for attorneys, “Review of North Carolina Constitutional Law,” features a panel discussion and case updates from Professor Orth and Justice Newby in the area of state constitutional law. For those law professional wishing to earn one hour of CLE credit, register for this program at rsvpforconlawcle@gmail.com. In the evening the public is invited for “A Historical Primer on the North Carolina Constitution” with both scholars. That program begins at 6:00 p.m. with refreshments to follow. The state constitution will be on loan from the Secretary of State’s office that day and will be displayed in the lobby of the building from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A few books will be available for purchase and autographs. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Archives and the Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina.

Archives Week ends with the annual Family History Fair on Saturday, October 26 in partnership with the Friends and the Government and Heritage Library. This year the Fair focuses on examining the evidentiary materials used in tracing family ancestry. Presentations will cover traditional paper records and introduces the world of DNA testing in genealogical research. In addition to the presentations, the day will feature vendors, “Ask a Genealogist” sessions, door prizes, and more.

All of these programs are free and are held at 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh.  Please check www.ncculture.com for a complete and current listing.  For more information about Archives Week activities around the state visit the website of the Society of North Carolina Archivists. To read the proclamation, visit: http://www.ncdcr.gov/portals/26/PDF/NewsAndEvents/archivesWeek_proclamation_2013.pdf.

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