Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, recently announced that the Georgia Archives will not permanently close Nov. 1, but will remain open to the public through June 30, 2013.
After a massive outcry of displeasure by the public, Deal restored $125,000 to keep the archives running as normal. The archives will lose only two staff members instead of the seven announced last month. Currently the archives employ ten people.
According to a statement issued by Deal's office, "Georgia's Archives are a showcase of our state's rich history and a source of great pride," said Deal. "I worked quickly with my budget office and Secretary Kemp to ensure that Georgians can continue to come to Morrow to study and view the important artifacts kept there. I appreciate Secretary Kemp's commitment to work with me to find a solution.
"The extra funding provides for Georgia State Archives to be open to the public through June 30 of next year. On July 1, the Georgia Archives will be transferred to University System of Georgia, pending approval of the move by the General Assembly. This transfer will include appropriations required for operation and assets of the Georgia Archives. Additional staff will be provided by USG at that time."
The entire press release may be read at http://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2012-10-18/deal-kemp-keep-georgia%E2%80%99s-archives-open.
DAR Late Night Friday
Can't get enough of the Family History Room and wish there were more hours in the day?
Well, this Friday, your wish is granted! Attend DAR Late Night when the Research Room will be open from 7-11 p.m. Everyone desiring to use the library to research their forbearers is welcome. You do not need to be a member of DAR.
The library is not open to the general public and all will be turned away if not engaged in actual research. This is a lock-in. The north, staff doors will be opened at 7 p.m. Once they are closed, nobody will be allowed to enter. If you leave early, you will not be able to get back in the library.
This evening is sponsored by the Lawton Chapter, DAR. Chapter members will be available to assist those who would like to become a daughter. To became a daughter, women over the age of 18 must descended from a man or woman who provided patriotic service and/or military service in the cause of independence in the Revolutionary War.