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Visit the Heritage Room to research genealogy, local & Georgia history, and more!

Heritage Room Hours

  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Please call (706-613-3650 ext 350) or email the heritage staff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions.

Heritage Room News

August 2015 Events and Classes

Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian

August-November 2015

As family historians, genealogists, and citizen archivists, we are responsible for preserving the record of our family's past. But because memories are not made on one medium alone--just think of all the photographs, video footage, documents, and recordings you've accrued over your lifetime--we must familiarize ourselves with a variety of tools for keeping our family treasures safe.

To help ACCL patrons take up this charge, we proudly introduce our Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Library's Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

August's classes are listed below. For a complete listing of all Saving Stuff classes this Fall, please click here. Please note that all classes require advance registration, and some require a brief list of supplies. All requirements are listed in the descriptions for the particular class.

 

Personal Digital Archiving of Audio & Video 

Part of the Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian Workshop Series

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

6:00pm

Multipurpose Room A

Do you have one-of-a-kind family records you’d be devastated to lose? Are you the family historian, genealogist, or archivist? Do you have old home movies collecting dust, or audio recordings of lectures, recitals, or interviews with family members? Then this class is for you! As your family historian, you need to actively manage these beloved treasures to keep them available for years to come. In this class, you’ll learn simple and practical strategies for keeping your personal audio and video recordings safe for future generations.

This class is part of the Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by ACCL’s Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

Registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot.

 

Local History Book Club: Black Politicians & Reconstruction in Georgia: A Splendid Failure, by Edmund L. Drago 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

6:00pm

Heritage Conference Room

The Local History Book Club is a reading group that meets on the third Thursday of every month to discuss that month’s assigned reading. This month we will discuss Black Politicians & Reconstruction in Georgia: A Splendid Failure, by Edmund L. Drago.

This widely hailed study examines the reasons behind the quick demise of Radical Reconstruction in Georgia. Edmund L. Drago shows that a primary factor was, ironically, the extraordinary fairness on the part of the state's black leaders in dealing with their former masters.

Copies of the book are available for circulation.

 

 

Converting VHS to digital 

Part of the Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian Workshop Series

Saturday, August 22, 2015

1-hour sessions, 9am-1pm

Digital Media Center

Do you have old VHS tapes of family and friends but no VCR?  Convert your VHS tapes to DVD with the library’s digital converter.  Natalie Wright, Digital Media Librarian, will walk you through the conversion process.  Once you learn how the converter works, it will be easy for you to come in any time the library is open to convert the rest of your tapes.  Sign up for a 1 hour session, and bring a VHS tape and a blank DVD-R.  Tapes must be full size and their content must clock in at less than an hour in order to finish the conversion process during the session. Don’t lose your family memories to obsolete formats! 

Videos brought in for conversion must be less than one hour. Please bring a Blank DVD-R to transfer your digital recording. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (706) 613-3650 x354.

This class is part of the Fall 2015 series, Saving Stuff: Preservation for the Family Historian, which provides free, public education classes and workshops on caring for analog and digital family treasures. The series is co-sponsored by ACCL’s Heritage Room and Digital Media Center.

Registration is required. Please call (706) 613-3650 x354 to reserve your spot.

 

Fall 2015 Internship Opportunities

The Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room has openings for two Fall 2015 internship opportunities.  Applications are currently being accepted for a Archival Processing Intern and Digitization Project Intern.  Deadline for submissions is July 24, 2015. For further details and application requirements, please click here.

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