Georgia Archives Month, a celebration of the state’s preserved historical record, is an annual event sponsored by the Society of Georgia Archivists. Held each October, Archives Month is marked by events held around the state to showcase the documents and artifacts comprising Georgia’s material history, as well as the organizations and repositories involved in the work of preserving, cataloging, and interpreting those items. Newspaper articles, tours, and receptions also highlight the Archives Month theme, which changes each year.
Created on October 4, 2000, through a proclamation issued by Georgia governor Roy Barnes, the inaugural celebration featured the theme “Georgia Memories: Stories of the Past for the Future.” Included among its many activities were a panel discussion on prominent families in Walker County, a lecture on genealogical research, a workshop on the preservation of photographs, and an exhibition displaying Georgia music and entertainment memorabilia.
From 2000 to 2006, the celebration took place over the course of a single week, but beginning in 2007 the entire month of October was desginated for the event.
The theme for Georgia Archives Month, 2007, is “Georgia History: Stay Tuned.” Scheduled events include a presentation on Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery in Athens, various tours and displays at the Georgia Archives in Morrow (Clayton County), a photographic exhibition of aircraft in 1913 at Barnes Field in Augusta (dedicated to the memory of historian Edward J. Cashin), a reception for the Magdalene Christian Crowell Collection in Dahlonega, a presentation on the history of the railroad in Fitzgerald, historic tours of the square in Thomaston, an exhibition in Savannah highlighting the connections of Confederate general Robert E. Lee to that city, an exhibition of Civil War (1861-65) photographs in Kennesaw (Cobb County), a display about historic churches in Fairburn (Fulton County), and several events at the Carter Center in Atlanta, in conjunction with the center’s twenty-fifth anniversary.
The diversity of events, which are typically organized by archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies across the state, demonstrate the wide range of preserved materials available to Georgia’s citizens.
For information on what local libraries are doing to celebrate Georgia Archives Month, please visit http://www.soga.org/aw/2007/activities.php .