The Bulloch County Historical Society’s 44th annual meeting will take place on Monday, June 26 at the Fellowship Hall of Pittman Park United Methodist Church on Fair Road in Statesboro.
Featured speaker will be Dr. Christopher Davidson, Georgia Archives Director. Dr. Davidson will speak on “Why You Should Care about the Georgia Archives.” Tickets are on sale in advance at the Statesboro Herald’s front office at 1 Proctor Street/Herald Square, for $25 per/person.
The Georgia State Archives identifies, collects, provides access to and preserves Georgia’s historical documents. It is the official repository of archival records for the state of Georgia.
Along with the Georgia Capitol Museum it forms the Georgia Division of Archives and History, which was until July 1, 2013, a part of the office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp. That year, due to budget constraints, the state archives were moved from under the Secretary of State’s office to the University System of Georgia.
During the annual meeting, the Bulloch County Historical Society will elect officers and directors for the 2017-2018 fiscal year which begins July 1, 2017 as well as conducting other such business as needs to come before the Society's membership.
Davidson’s visit is being arranged by Dr. Bede Mitchell, Dean of the Zach Henderson Library at Georgia Southern University, and a member of the Society’s board of directors.
The building that houses the Georgia Archives was constructed in 2004 next to the Southeast Regional Branch of the National Archives and is located in Morrow, Georgia, near Clayton State University.
The Archive maintains records that protect the legal and property rights of the public, as well as those of the state government and the counties. For example:
Acts of the General Assembly – the archives maintains the original, official copies of the state’s laws, which are referred to frequently to decide points fo law and settle issues.
County Boundaries – the archives maintains all records of county boundaries, boundary disputes, and settlements.
State Boundaries – the archives maintains the official records of the state’s boundaries.
The Archive provides background information for legislators and state agencies regarding modern issues such as the governor’s negotiations with other states on water rights, and the Jekyll Island Authority’s early agreements which are relevant to the issue of island development today.
Record keeping not only addresses historical context for the Archives, it also increases the efficiency of other state agencies who rely on records management. The Archives provides training, proper storage, and legal disposal of the records of both state and local governments.
The Georgia State Archive is available to the public for historical and genealogical research, Tuesday – Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In additional to on-site records, the Archives also offer an on-line portal into Georgia’s history through the Virtual Vault. Here those interested in the past may view diverse articles of interest ranging from colonial deeds and wills to photographs of the Carnegie family frolicking on Cumberland Island at the turn of the 20th century, plus much more.