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SHRAB Workshops on Grant Writing Now Available

[This blog post comes from Andrea Gabriel of our Resource Management Branch.]

The State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering “Getting Ready to Go” (GR2G) workshops, designed to help cultural repositories navigate the grant writing process.

The goal of the GR2G workshops is to demystify the grant writing process for cultural repositories.  You will learn about the types of agencies and organizations offering grant opportunities. You will learn the importance of your repository’s internal documents (mission statements, collection policies, institutional histories, finding aids, etc.) as the starting point for grant preparation.  You will learn how to put your ideas for improvement down on paper through the preparation of project narratives and budgets.  You will learn how to use grants.gov to submit you completed grant applications to federal agencies.  You will leave with a toolkit full of practical advice and resources.  In short, you will be empowered to succeed.

The GR2G workshops will be taught by North Carolina’s Traveling Archivist, Hal Keiner, and are based on his extensive experience working with the state’s smaller cultural heritage institutions.  If you always wanted to write a grant but were afraid to start, the GR2G workshops are for you!

Six regional workshops are scheduled throughout the state. Registration fees are $20 and include lunch.

Register early! Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.

October 2, 2012—Elizabeth City, N.C., 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Register:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHRABElizabethCity

October 16, 2012, New Bern, N.C., 9:00 a.m. to4:30 p.m.

Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHRABNewBern

October 30, 2012, Southern Pines, N.C., 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHRABSouthernPines

November 13, 2012, Greensboro, N.C., 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHRABGreensboro

November 27, 2012, Lincolnton, N.C., 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHRABLincolnton

December 4, 2012, Asheville, N.C., 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SHRABAsheville

These workshops are made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

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3rd Annual Family History Fair and 300th Heritage Weekend

[This press release was sent to me by our Public Service Branch because several of their staff will be speaking that weekend. For more information about the event, visit http://www.encfamilies.org/]

3rd Annual Family History Fair and 300th Heritage Weekend in Celebration of Craven County’s 300th Anniversary

NEW BERN (May 18, 2012) The Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina cordially invites you to celebrate Craven County’s 300th Anniversary during the 3rd Annual Family History Fair & 300th Heritage Weekend, June 1st through June 3rd at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  The original Craven Precinct formed in 1712 included many of the surrounding counties from Carteret all the way to Johnston.

An official sanctioned Craven County 300th Anniversary event, the weekend will feature a 300th Heritage Luncheon with Mr. Chris Meekins, North Carolina State Archivist speaking about “The Civil War in Eastern North Carolina” and the beautiful voices of The Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina who will be singing selections celebrating the many groups who have settled here.  The event will also include exhibits by area libraries, genealogical, historical, and cultural groups as well as family photo displays, kids’ history activities, door prizes, and a tea cup auction.  The exhibits, displays, kids’ activities, and beginning genealogy classes are free and open to the public.  Also featured is the Heritage Park Brunch and Ground-Breaking Ceremony to remember, honor, and celebrate all of the people of the area from the early times to the present.

The Society is excited to be partnering with the North Carolina State Archives and State Library, the Craven County Genealogical Society, the Pamlico County Family History Library, Museum, and Heritage Center, and the Richard Dobbs Spaight DAR Chapter to offer family history research and beginning genealogy classes.

The schedule for the three day event:

Friday, June 1st, 9 am to 5 pm

• Exhibitors • Family Photo Boards

• Six Family History Research Classes with the North Carolina State Archives and State Library will feature Debbi Blake, North Carolina Archives Public Services Supervisor; Chris Meekins, North Carolina State Archivist; Kay Tillotson, North Carolina State Library Genealogy Research Librarian; and Jefferson Currie, Native American Research Specialist.  Topics covered will include “Resources Available Onsite and Online at the North Carolina State Archives and Library”, “Researching Revolutionary War, Civil War, African American, and Native American Ancestry.”  Family History Research Classes:  Pre-paid registration is $25 by May 26th, after, $35.  A pre-paid box lunch is also available for $8 by May 26th, after $10.

Saturday, June 2nd, 9 am to 5 pm

• Exhibitors • Family Photo Boards

• 300th Heritage Luncheon Featuring “The Civil War in ENC” Presentation by Mr. Chris Meekins, Archivist, NC State Archives, and the beautiful voices of The Heritage Chorale of Eastern North Carolina.  The luncheon menu includes Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce and Baked Chicken, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, Strawberry & Blueberry Shortcake, and Coffee, Tea (Sweet/Unsweet), or Water. Veggie Pasta (Red or White Sauce) is also available.  Pre-paid luncheon tickets are $20 by May 26th, after $25.

• Free Kids’ Event (9 am to Noon and 2 pm to 4pm): Make Historical Crafts, Hear Stories, Pet an Alpaca (9a-12p), Sit on an Antique Tractor, and more Fun Activities!

• Free Beginning Genealogy Classes at 10 am and 3pm include “How Do I Start My Family History?” by Barbara Ordione Kerr  sponsored by The Pamlico County Family History Library, Museum, and Heritage Center, “Getting the Most Out of the Federal Census Reports” by Carolyn Smith and Lois Gregory sponsored by The Craven County Genealogical Society, and “Researching DAR Records Online” by Lou Tate Walker and Carolyn Clemmer McCulley sponsored by The Richard Dobbs Spaight DAR Chapter.

Sunday, June 3rd, 10am to 1pm

• Heritage Park Brunch & Ground-Breaking Ceremony

Enjoy a wonderful brunch which includes Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage Patties, Biscuits, Breakfast Gravy for Biscuits, Pancakes with Butter & Syrup, Cheesy Breakfast Potatoes, Sliced Fruit, and Coffee, Water, or Assorted Juices (Orange, Tomato and Grapefruit). $15 by 5/26, After $20.

• The Heritage Park Ground-Breaking Ceremony will take place at 2 pm at 300 Pollock Street at Craven Street at New Bern City Hall.

Tickets and registration forms are available at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center and the New Bern-Craven County Farmers’ Market.  More information about the event is available online at www.ENCFamilies.org or by calling 252.349.0405.  We look forwarding to seeing everyone as we gather to celebrate Craven County’s 300th Anniversary!

Genealogy Workshop for Beginners at Aycock Birthplace

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Back by Popular Demand! Genealogy Workshop for Beginners at Aycock Birthplace

FREMONT – If you want to learn about your family’s past but don’t know where to start, the Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site will have some answers for you.  The Genealogy Workshop for Beginners, May 19, 2-4 p.m., will offer expert advice on how to find your family history.

Debra Blake and Chris Meekins, from the N.C. Office of Archives and History, will give an overview of genealogy, how to be productive in genealogy research, and how the State Archives and State Library are great resources for genealogical research.  Handouts will be provided and there will be time for questions at the workshop’s conclusion.
Space is limited and registration is required. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call (919) 242-5581 or email Aycock Birthplace to register.  The fee is payable on the day of the workshop.  Only a few spaces remain.

The Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site interprets the life of a rural 1870s farm family in eastern North Carolina.  Born is 1859, Aycock was elected North Carolina’s governor in 1900.  He was dedicated to education and the site features a one room schoolhouse moved there in 1961.  It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Public Records Law Webinar

Our Government Records staff does so many good things, including taking part in a recent Public Records webinar.  Via Tom Vincent:

While thousands of people descended on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus to see President Obama’s address, over 900 Local Government Officials and Employees logged in to view a webinar on Records Retention. The webinar was presented by the UNC School of Government. Kelly Eubank, Electronic Records Branch Manager and Tom Vincent, Local Records Unit Supervisor, assisted Frayda Bluestein and Shannon Tufts of the SOG in presenting on records retention, records retention and disposition schedules and the challenges accessing and retaining electronic records.

More information about the webinar series is available through the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government website.

Genealogy Workshop For Beginners

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

FREMONT – If you want to learn about your family’s past but don’t know where to start, the Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site will have some answers for you.  The Genealogy Workshop for Beginners, Jan. 28, 2-4 p.m., will offer expert advice on how to find your family history.

Debra Blake and Chris Meekins, from the N.C. Office of Archives and History, will give an overview of genealogy, tips on genealogy research, and the value of the State Archives and State Library records for genealogical research.  Handouts will be provided and there will be time for questions at the workshop’s conclusion.

Space is limited and registration is required. The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call (919) 242-5581 or email aycock@ncdcr.gov to register.  The fee is payable on the day of the workshop.

The Charles B. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site interprets the life of a rural 1870s farm family in eastern North Carolina.  Born is 1859, Aycock was elected North Carolina’s governor in 1900.  He was dedicated to education and the site features a one room schoolhouse moved there in 1961.  It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. 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.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.

State Agency Workshop Schedule 2012

The  schedule for State Agency workshops for January-April 2012 is now available on the Workshops page of the Government Records Branch website. The workshops are available to all state employees interested in learning more about records management (including the Public Records Law and how to create or update an office’s retention schedule), electronic, paper, and subject filing systems, handling email, and handling electronic records.

The workshops available include:

Introduction to Managing Public Records
Answers questions like “What is records management?” and “What is a records retention and disposition schedule?” Dispels notions such as “We don’t have public records.” Provides tools to help when “My boss wants these records out of the hallway.” This presentation covers public access to electronic files; managing, storing, and retrieving electronic records and helping assure their accuracy and reliability; the security of electronic files; and system backups. This workshop will also provide you with an introduction to the public records law in North Carolina and teach you how a schedule is developed. Includes discussion and tour of the State Records Center, its services and facility.

From Filing Cabinet to Desktop PC: Organizing Your Paper and Electronic Files
For the vast majority of offices, maintaining records is still a daily factor in office work. This workshop provides concrete examples of how to organize and maintain active paper and electronic files in an efficient, easy-to-use system, designed for personnel who desire something better than a strictly alphabetical filing system, or who are challenged with organizing e-mail or electronic documents.

The Digital Divide Also Multiplies: Managing E-mail
Increasingly, government employees utilize e-mail to conduct government business, to communicate ideas, and to obtain information. While it can increase office productivity, e-mail can also be a burden as the amount of e-mail multiplies. This workshop offers tips and tricks to help you identify and manage your e-mail records in accordance with the Public Records Law.

Managing Electronic Records: Recognizing Perils and Avoiding Pitfalls
More and more government employees use computers as they conduct their daily business. While computers are invaluable tools that store large amounts of data that can be easily searched, depending solely upon electronic records can be dangerous. In this workshop you will learn some of the problems associated with electronic records and you will receive advice on how to protect those records.

Scanning Public Records: Laying the Groundwork
Many state agencies are considering scanning as an option to reduce storage costs and to “go paperless.” This introductory workshop provides the guidance you will need to get started, while ensuring you are in compliance with public records laws. Topics covered include legal issues relating to scanned images and creating trustworthy records, and technical aspects of digital imaging. This presentation will also provide you with questions to consider, including “Is scanning the right option for my office?”, “What is the difference between a JPEG and a TIFF, high-resolution and low-resolution, and grayscale and 16-bit color?”, and “Should I scan in-house or outsource?”

For more information, state employees should consult the Workshops page.

Scanning Public Records: Laying the Groundwork Workshop

This announcement comes from the Government Records Branch:

As a result of increased demand for attendance at the Scanning Public Records: Laying the Groundwork Workshop offered by the Government Records Branch, we have decided to add an extra session of this workshop on November 15, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:00. The workshop will be held at the State Records Center located at 215 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC. As this is an additional offering and is not listed on the Government Records Branch web page for the schedule of State Agency Workshops, registration will be by phone only. Please call Gail Elliott at (919) 807-7350 to personally register for the workshop.

Below is the description of the Scanning workshop:

Scanning Public Records: Laying the Groundwork
Many state agencies are considering scanning as an option to reduce storage costs and to “go paperless.” This introductory workshop provides the guidance you will need to get started, while ensuring you are in compliance with public records laws. Topics covered include legal issues relating to scanned images and creating trustworthy records, and technical aspects of digital imaging. This presentation will also provide you with questions to consider, including “Is scanning the right option for my office?”, “What is the difference between a JPEG and a TIFF, high-resolution and low-resolution, and grayscale and 16-bit color?”, and “Should I scan in-house or outsource?”