Georgia Archives support continues with 2 rallies in October

Despite promises from Governor Deal to keep the Georgia Archives open, there is no plan in place for such action. The 7 staff laid off last week received confirmation this week, and planned hours are still restricted to “by appointment only.”

The Friends of Georgia Archives and History continue to take the lead on educating the public on this issue and gathering support. Two rallies are planned for October, one at the Georgia Capitol and one at the Georgia Archives building.

Capitol Rally
Save the Date: Wed., Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m.
Location: Capitol South Wing (inside)
Archives Rally
Date: TBD
Location: Georgia Archives, Morrow, GA

Next Steps: A Message from the SGA President

From President Marie Force via the SGA list serve:

Quite a day at the Capitol! Almost 100 supporters came out!  I think Glenda Anderson wins the prize for longest drive – all the way from Savannah. We were limited to about 20 in the governor’s office for the photo, but thank you everyone for packing his waiting room – and he knew all of you were there.
Let me know if you have personal photos of the event we can share on SGA’s Flickr site:
Kaye Minchew did a great job for us as she asked the Governor for his support in keeping the Archives open! We handed over your letters of support and the 10,000 petition signatures. We were very pleased the AJC and Clayton County reporters were able to be the governor’s office with us to confirm that he said he will keep the Archives open:
What does the governor mean by “open”?? We need to tell him “open” means public hours and professional archival staff! The governor and your legislators have to hear from their constituents in Georgia that “open” does not mean appointments only with 3 full-time staff to handle the entire state archives operations.
Keep making noise! People are paying attention. To locate your representatives, see
Thank you,
Marie Force
SGA President

GAM 2012

Over 100 archivists, historians, genealogists and other supporters of the Georgia Archives gathered today at the Georgia State Capitol to witness Governor Nathan Deal sign a proclamation declaring October “Georgia Archives Month.” 
SGA President Marie Force and Coalition to Save the Georgia Archives Chair Kaye Minchew presented the Governor with a petition and letters written in support of the Georgia Archives.
The petition was a print out of the first 10,000 signatures gathered on the “The Governor of GA: Leave our state archives open to the public,” a petition started by Georgians Against Closing of the State Archives.
The event was covered by reporters from both the AJC and the Clayton Daily News.

Georgia Literary Festival at the Annual Meeting!

Something fun and exciting to do after the SGA Annual Meeting…
If you plan to stay in the area after SGA, you might want to attend the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at the Golden Isles, Nov 9-11 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  The Festival is hosted by College of Coastal Georgia, Jekyll Island Authority, and Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau.  There will be over 33 featured authors, including Natasha Trethewey, Mark Kay Andrews, Steve Berry, Natalie Dupree, June McCash, Jack McDevitt, Pamela Bauer Mueller, William Rawlings, and others. 
There will be new fiction and favorite beach reads, Southern cuisine cookbooks, coastal history, nature and the environment, popular children’s literature, and contributors to The Georgia Review literary magazine.  The festival is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book with funding from the Georgia Humanities Council and local sponsors.
For a full schedule of events, visit

Annual meeting trolley tour

The Local Arrangements Committee is pleased to offer a trolley tour of beautiful St. Simons Island during the annual meeting. To get a sense if people are interested in signing up, please let us know if you would like to take a 1.5-hour trolley tour of the island. We have a few options for tour date and time:
– Wednesday (11/7) at 3:00 pm or 4:00 pm
– Friday (11/9) at at 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm
Rates are $23.00 for adults, children 4-12 are $10.00 and under 4 are free. If there is enough interest, we will offer the tour on both Wednesday and Friday. Please take our poll to indicate your preference.
See you in St. Simons!