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Home Movie Day 2017

[This announcement comes from Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Attendees watching a Home Movie Day eventWhat hidden treasures lie in those old home movies that you have in the closet? Come to Home Movie Day and find out the value of these unique cultural and historical documents and how to save them for future generations. Spend the afternoon watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo. Go home with prizes and get a free digital transfer of your screened film!

Raleigh Home Movie Day

Brought to you by A/V Geeks, NCSU Film Studies, and State Archives of North Carolina.

When?       

Saturday October 21, 2017

1pm 4pm

Free and Open to the Public

 

Where? 

State Archives of North Carolina in downtown Raleigh.

109 East Jones Street, First Floor Auditorium.

Free & easy parking in lot across the street or street parking.

For more information, see our flyer: 2017HMDFlier

A film being played during Home Movie DayWhat is Home Movie Day?

Home Movie Day was started in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies, during which people in cities and towns all over would get to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and – most importantly – get to watch those old family films! Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.

How Can People Participate?

It’s simple: rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call Grandma, and discover your family’s home movies (8mm, Super8mm, 16mm, Video8, or VHS). Then come on down to the State Archives with up to two old reels or video tapes, and we will screen at least one of them for you and the audience to enjoy! Point out people and places you recognize! As a BONUS, you’ll later get a digital transfer (downloadable file e-mailed to you or DVD mailed to you) of the home movie that you shared with us on the screen.  If you don’t have any home movies of your own, come to enjoy the memories your neighbors bring. It’s fun and educational! Raleigh HMD will also be featuring Home Movie Day Bingo with prizes for the WHOLE FAMILY!

A Brief History

Home Movie Day was started by a group of film archivists concerned about what would happen to all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century. They knew many people out there have boxes full of family memories that they’ve never seen for lack of a projector, or fears that the films were too fragile to be viewed again. They also knew that many people were having their amateur films transferred to videotape or DVD, with the mistaken idea that their new digital copies would last forever and the “obsolete” films could be discarded. Original films can long outlast any film or video transfer and are an important part of our cultural history! For more information about the other Home Movie Days around the world, visit the Home Movie Day site http://www.homemovieday.com/.

Contacts       

Skip Elsheimer, A/V Geeks, skip@avgeeks.com, 919-247-7752;
Kim Andersen, Audiovisual Materials, State Archives of North Carolina, kim.andersen@ncdcr.gov, 919-807-7311; Devin Orgeron, NCSU Film Studies, devin_orgeron@ncsu.edu, 919-802-5026

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Join Us for Home Movie Day!

[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Home Movie Day 2016 flyerSaturday, October 15, 2016, is Home Movie Day!  And the State Archives of North Carolina is hosting Raleigh Home Movie Day for its 14th year!  Co-sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina, AV Geeks Transfer Services, and the Film Studies Program at NCSU, Raleigh Home Movie Day is fun for the whole family.  Come join us! 

Participation is simple!  Rifle through your attics, dig through your closets, call up Grandma, and find your family’s home movies!   Then come on down to the State Archives with up to two old reels (8mm, Super8mm, or 16mm film) or video tapes (VHS or Video8/Hi8), and we will screen at least one of them for you and the audience to enjoy!  Point out people and places you recognize! As a BONUS, you’ll later get a digital transfer (downloadable file e-mailed to you or DVD mailed to you) of the home movie that you shared with us on the screen.

If you do not have any films or videos to bring, that’s OK!  You can just show up and watch the films of others.  It’s not just historically significant – it’s fun!

And did you know that original films can long outlast DVDs or video tape transfers if you properly take care of them? Don’t throw your films away!  HOME MOVIE DAY will not only provide a wealth of free entertainment but is also an opportunity for you to learn about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media.  Motion picture archivists will be on hand to answer all your questions and tell you how to properly store your films and plan for their future.

If you are still considering cleaning house and getting rid of your old home movies and videos, please just don’t throw them out yet!  The State Archives collects and preserves old moving images of North Carolina, and while the bulk of our current holdings consist mainly of films and tapes relating to state government, we have a growing body of amateur film and are looking for more because home movies can often include glimpses of important places, and historically significant events and happenings that are not documented anywhere else.   Home movies are an essential record of our past, and they are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by.

So come to Home Movie Day, learn, participate, and/or just enjoy the antics of your friends and neighbors caught on film.  THE EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (AND parking is free)!

WHEN?

Saturday October 15th, 2016

1 – 4pm

 

WHERE?

State Archives of North Carolina Auditorium

109 East Jones Street

Raleigh NC 27601

 

Please contact Kim Andersen (AV Materials  Archivist, State Archives), kim.andersen@ncdcr.gov, 919-807-7311, with any questions about Home Movie Day and/or film and video donations.  And for more information about Raleigh Home Movie Day 2016 in general, please contact Skip Elsheimer (Owner, A/V Geeks),  skip@avgeeks.com; and/or Devin Orgeron (Professor, Film Studies, NCSU), devin_orgeron@ncsu.edu.

October is Archives Month – A Celebration of Our Documents and History

 

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Archives Month is celebrated in archives and special libraries throughout the country. Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed October Archives Month in North Carolina. During October the State Archives of North Carolina and many archives and libraries across the state will offer a variety of programs and outreach activities. The State Archives will present two free events Oct. 15 in celebration of archives, archivists, and records of our past.

Oct. 15 – Virtual Family History Fair

Since 2012, the State Archives and State Library have held workshops, presentations, exhibits and on-site genealogical consultations in Raleigh to celebrate the Family History Fair. For the first time, the 2016 Family History Fair will be a virtual event, with online streaming from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Anyone can participate via laptop, notebook or smartphone. Discover how to access family records at the State Archives and how the State Library can help you begin your search. Experience these and other online live streaming presentations at home or at participating North Carolina libraries.

Consult the flyer and agenda for specific topics to be covered during the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. program, and visitwww.ncdcr.gov/family-history to participate. For details on streaming and more information, please email slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov or call (919) 807-7460.

Oct. 15 – Home Movie Day

Bring a home movie to share with others and learn ways to care for your family’s collection of home films. This annual event in Raleigh is sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina, AV Geeks, and the Film Studies Program at N.C. State University. If you don’t have any home movies of your own, come to enjoy the memories your neighbors bring. The Raleigh Home Movie Day will also feature Bingo with prizes for the whole family. Read more about Home Movie Day, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Archives and History/State Library Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601.

For additional information, please call (919) 807-7326.

October is Archives Month!

[This blog post was written by Andrea Gabriel, Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Gov. Pat McCrory's Archives Month Proclamation for October 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory’s Archives Month Proclamation for October 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 2015 as Archives Month in North Carolina. The Society of North Carolina Archivists has developed the theme, “Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts, and Music Traditions” and several archives throughout the state have developed programs and activities to celebrate. View the proclamation.

As in year’s past, the State Archives will host Home Movie Day on October 17 from 1:00—4:00 pm. in the building auditorium at 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh. Bring your own home movies and share with others. Archivists will be on hand to talk about film preservation.

On October 24, 2017, the State Archives and the Friends of the Archives sponsor Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives,” an exhibit that showcases a selection of the State Archives’ documents, photographs, and maps. Hosted by the Museum of History in Raleigh, the exhibit will remain up through June 19, 2016 and will feature North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights, and the Carolina Charter of 1663 in a brief rotation. For more information about the exhibit visit the ncculture.com description and read our recent blog posts on the upcoming event. We’ll be featuring an artifact each week until the opening. This is an opportunity to view pieces rarely seen. A companion catalog will be available.

And though outside of “Archives Month,” sign up for Ancestry Day on November 7 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. This is an event created for seasoned and beginning genealogists alike and 1,000 are expected to attend.

Health and Leisure Records in the Archive

[This blog post was written by Ruth Cody, an archivist with the Records Description Unit of the Government Records Section. ]

State Board of Health nurse doing health inspections in a Cleveland County school, call number PhC_41_191_3

State Board of Health nurse doing health inspections in a Cleveland County school (undated). Call number: PhC_41_191_3. Learn more about this item on the State Archives Flickr account: https://flic.kr/p/5Ejbgb

October is Archives Month, and this year the Society of North Carolina Archivists has chosen the theme “North Carolina at Play: Health and Leisure in our State.” The State Archives has many diverse records in their collections that attest to the importance of health and leisure in the lives of North Carolinians. A select few from our collections are on display in the search room until the end of October. State Agency records include photographs and pamphlets from the State Board of Health about the role of exercise in the prevention of disease, materials from the Department of Public Instruction talking about the importance of physical education in school curriculum, and photographs from Samarcand Manor showing outdoor and physical recreation as a component of rehabilitation. Organization records include a tea towel from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Lung Association, an organization founded to fight tuberculosis. Military records include a school scrapbook from Scotland County depicting the motto “America needs healthy boys and girls for defense.” There are also many photographs from the Audio Visuals Materials Unit depicting the role of physical exercise and health in the schools and the community. All of these materials and more speak to the important role that health and leisure has played in the community, the government, and the culture of North Carolina and its people from as early as 1910 to the present. Come by and check them out today.

Governor McCrory Proclaims October Archives Month

[This press release comes from Andrea Gabriel, Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Part of the proclamation from Governor Pat McCrory's on Archives Month in North Carolina.

Part of the proclamation from Governor Pat McCrory’s on Archives Month in 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.