HARRISBURG, PA — Take a behind-the-scenes tour or learn how to branch out and research your own family tree during Archives Month, sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
“This is a unique opportunity for people to learn how Pennsylvania preserves the very fragile and valuable records that chronicle the history of our great commonwealth,” Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Executive Director Barbara Franco said. “I encourage people to use Archives Month as a chance to explore Pennsylvania’s history — and their personal genealogy.”
Events during Archives Month include the annual archives and records management seminar from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Four Points Sheraton, Harrisburg. The seminar covers right-to-know law and Freedom of Information Act issues and offers workshops on digital imaging and how to care for maps and oversize drawings.
The State Archives is the official keeper of the commonwealth’s government records, from William Penn’s 1681 charter from King Charles II to modern-day documents and video tapes. It currently is involved in a major restoration of Civil War muster rolls, which include the names and pertinent dates of service of more than 300,000 Pennsylvanian soldiers. The muster rolls will be accessible for research following the completion of conservation in 2009.
For complete Archives Month event information and to register online for the annual archives and records management seminar, visit http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/.
CONTACT: Jane Crawford
Source: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission