Update from FOGAH

From FOGAH President Dianne Cannestra:

“After reading the October 18, 2012 Press Release from Governor Deal’s office, the FOGAH Legislative Affairs Committee had a conference call with our Legislative Affairs Consultant.  It is unclear how the latest news will impact on the termination of the 7 employees.  The consultant will attempt to get more information on that question as soon as possible.  He shares our opinion that all 7 of the employees are essential to the Archives operation.  It was also not clearly stated that the Archives will remain in Morrow.  We will be working on that clarification as well.

We are all very appreciative of the Governor’s intervention and are especially excited about the move to the University System.  Please write letters to the Governor thanking him for his intervention as soon as possible.
Our fight for restoration of the budget is not over.  The $125,000 is obviously not nearly enough.  No matter where the Archives resides organizationally,  we need to convince our senators and representatives that the Archives needs $5.4 million to get back to the model Archives it once was and be open 5 days a week. 

The first task in the consultants work plan is to identify volunteers around the state who will personally make contact with their state legislators after receiving training and “talking points” from our consulting firm.  If you would be willing to volunteer, please email me at diannebc@bellsouth.net and I will add you to the list.

Because the consultant contract fee of $3,000 per month for 6 months was not anticipated and thus not in the FOGAH budget, you can also assist in saving the Archives by making a donation to FOGAH for the “Consultant Fee” fund.  You can send a check to FOGAH, 5800 Jonesboro Road, Morrow GA 30260 or by PayPal at www.FOGAH.org.  Please check that web site frequently for additional updates.”

Links to news coverage below the jump.

Vivian Price Saffold  http://georgiaarchivesmatters.org/

Statement from FOGAH on the Georgia Archives remaining open

Although the Governor’s press release raises a number of questions,
it’s fundamentally good news.  Archives is in a better place today
than it was yesterday.  With continued efforts, things may improve

FIRST AND FOREMOST, FOGAH encourages EVERYONE to send an email or
letter to the Governor thanking him for his support.  Without his
efforts, we wouldn’t have this victory.

Everyone is concerned about the staff — one of the unanswered
questions.  Please remember that staffing decisions are ultimately the
Secretary of State’s, not the Governor’s.  It’s one thing to ask the
Governor to continue efforts to support the Archives and the Staff,
but please avoid language that sounds demanding.

We still have lots of work to do.  We need to make sure that the
Archives has adequate support when transferred to the Board of
Regents.  That means meeting with members of the Assembly —
preferably in their district before the beginning of session, rather
than at the Capitol.  We’re planning an advocacy training session at
the SGA meeting so that we can all work together as effectively as
possible.  Stay tuned for details.

Again, please use all available channels to say “thanks” to the Governor!

Georgia Archives link round-up

*More in the news about the Georgia Archives new appointment schedule:

Associated Press  http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/story/InState–10-16  (Last entry on 10/16/2012)
Vivian Price Saffold  http://georgiaarchivesmatters.org/
*Link list courtesy of SGA member P.S., who wonderfully posts them to the SGA list!

Recent News from the Georgia Archives

Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp released a statement explaining the new appointment system for the Georgia Archives.

This news was covered far and wide, and incorporated into a new AJC article about the immigration bill that Secretary Kemp has used as an example for the increase in services his office provides.

Kaye Minchew, of the Troup County Historical Society and the Coalition to Save Georgia Archives was interviewed in a WABE story on the new.

Chris Davidson, Director of the Georgia Archives, release the following information about the appointment system:

“The Archives began yesterday afternoon making appointments with researchers for November.  To make an appointment, contact me by phone or email and pick the type, day, and time of an appointment.  Researchers will be limited to one appointment per month.  For a list of appointment choices, go to:

Some additional links covering the story: