If you are on this message board, you have an interest in Georgia's heritage.
In the last 48 hours, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Secretary of State Bryan Kemp has announced the Closing of the Georgia State Archives on November 1 to the public. This will eliminate all times that the Archives will be open for regular hours. The only access will be by pre-arranged appointment, based upon staff availability. The Archives public hours already had been cut to two days per week—Friday and Saturday—and this will shut down all access.
This will make Georgia the only state in the nation without public access to its state archives. As citizens and taxpayers, we all deserve the right to be able to visit our state archives—and for there to be some level of access to the public.
This threatened move is only six weeks away. So I hope you will join in and act quickly in registering a comment against the full closing of the Georgia State Archives to the public. There is a petition that can be signed at change.org: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-ga-leave-our-state-archives-open-to-the-public
There is a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GeorgiansAgainstClosingStateArchives
If you know the Georgia Governor Nathan Deal or the Secretary of State Bryan Kemp personally, or anyone on their staffs, I hope you will reach out directly to their offices about this serious matter. Thank you.
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