[This press release comes from Andrea Gabriel, Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October Archives Month in North Carolina. Part of a national American Archives Month celebration, it is a collaborative effort by professionals and repositories around the state and the nation to highlight the importance of historical records. In North Carolina, Archives Month is co-sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina and the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA). The State Archives and other archives around the state will present free public programs to celebrate the month. For information about activities visit SNCA’s website.
State Archives’ activities feature Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 18. Bring in your family films to share with others. Home Movie Day is a global 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. Home Movie Day will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium at 109 East Jones St. in Raleigh. For more information about Home Movie Day, visit the website of AV Geeks, http://www.avgeeks.com.
Discover your family’s past at the annual Family History Fair on Saturday, October 25. This year’s Fair focuses on genealogical information that can be found in ferry, road and bridge, and land grant records. State Archives staff will answer questions about the care and preservation of family papers and photographs. Ancestry.com will offer door prizes, including a gift card for a one-year World Explorer subscription to Ancesty.com, a certificate for a one-year subscription to www.fold3.com, a certificate to a one-year subscription to www.newspapers.com and a copy of Family Tree Maker. The Family History Fair will be held at the State Library/State Archives Building at 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. It opens at 9 a.m. and presentations begin at 10 a.m. More than 25 vendors will attend including the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society, Wake County Genealogical Society, Olivia Raney Local History Library, and the Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina.
About the State Archives of North Carolina
The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county, and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. For more information about the State Archives, visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/archives/Home.aspx.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. Learn more at www.ncdcr.gov.