The state of Georgia has decided to close the their State Archives to the public. My understanding is that they will be the only state without a public archives. This is sad and disturbing to those who try and keep the past alive.
Dick Eastman posts the statement from Jared S. Thomas, Press Secretary for Brian P. Kemp, Secretary of State for Georgia in his post Georgia State Archives to be Closed to the Public!
You can sign the petition here: The Governor of GA: Leave our state archives open to the public.
We know the squeaky wheel gets the grease. 🙂
I am so glad that you posted this. I am so upset about it and worry that it may create a trend. I’ve signed the petition, although I am not sure how much my “vote” counts since I don’t live in state, but I certainly have an interest in Georgia records as I have many ancestors that lived there.
And it doesn’t hurt any if the “squeaky wheel” has a few bucks too. 🙂
What is the reason for this? I hope other states to not follow this ridiculous decision.
I live in NC but from Ga.;visited Archives many times downtown.I signed Petition;but I don’t understand, there are many options to choose from to keep the Archives open, i.e. charge a membership fee, or a daily fee or an annual fee for those who are willing and I bet, many of us would gladly fork over dues, fees anything to keep open. To me, this smacks of something that sounds like REVENGE, Political Passive Agression on someone or some group of people.
I have family now gone who donated photos & written family histories. Now they are not available. I had considered that myself but never would consider it again. Im embrassed to say I was Born, raised in Ga.
Mrs. Joyce Fort Trammell
Newton, North Carolina 28658
I have never thought of it as an act of revenge but that does sound like a strong possibility doesn’t it?