Friday, February 17, 2012

SGA 2012 Call for Submissions

The Society of Georgia Archivists Program Committee announces a call for presentation proposals for the 2012 SGA Annual Conference.

The SGA Annual Conference will take place this year in beautiful Saint Simon’s Island, Georgia, on November 8th and 9th, 2012.

The conference theme is Brave New World: Next Steps in the Archives Profession.

The Program Committee is soliciting presentation proposals for sessions touching on a variety of topics under this theme, including:


  • Practical and theoretical foundations for new archivists, including appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, and public service approaches
  • Making digital resources accessible by creating useful descriptive metadata, promoting interoperability standards for the distribution of digital content, investigating content management software, strategies, etc.
  • Project Management- from various angles for anyone managing any kind of project, including personnel management, project life cycle, concrete tools and techniques, strategic planning, etc.
  • Electronic Records Primer- intro covering the appraisal, maintenance, use, and preservation of born-digital records, and ways to address the challenges of technological change and format obsolescence
  • Self Assessment-  tools and methods archivists use to self evaluate and measure our impact, determine needs for improvement, prove value, and structure workflow
  • Electronic Preservation Case Studies- examples from the archives community of working digital preservation strategies, including successes, failures and next steps.
Interested individuals should submit proposals here by March 30 for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact the SGA 2012 Program Committee at program@soga.org.

Monday, February 06, 2012

New exhibit: "Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting"

Duluth Cadette Troop 1941 of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta invites you visit the new exhibit to "Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting."

The exhibit will open February 3, 2012, through April 28, 2012. The public will be able to learn more about the history of Girl Scouting and view artifacts such as original handbooks and uniforms on loan from the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Archives.


An original uniform (not a replica), circa 1914-1928. When the girls earned badges, they sewed them on their sleeves instead of a separate sash or vest as you see today. Some of the very first Girl Scouts in 1912 even had to embroider the badge before sewing it on, since there was not a ready-made supplier. A large crowned hat with "GS" pin on the front band would have been worn with this uniform.


The exhibit at the Duluth City Hall will feature information regarding current troops and the service they perform within the community. An open house will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2012, from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Strickland House.

The Cadette troop also encourages the public to bring their memories and pictures to share of Girl Scouting in Gwinnett County, as they are compiling a more complete history of Girl Scouting in this area of Georgia. Artifacts from several local families are featured in the exhibit, including a 1930s era uniform.


Pocket from a Senior Girl Scout Mariner uniform. The program began in 1934 and is still active, although there are not very many Mariner troops left. In the program, the girls learned all about sailing, and often took weekend long trips in boats. Some of the volunteer Archives members were Mariners when they were younger, and recall sailing up and down the eastern seaboard. There was another program which began in 1941 called the Wing Scout Program. The girls in this program learned all about aviation, but was phased out in the 1970s.


The entrance to the Duluth Historical Society Museum is free for members, or $3 per adult and $1 per student. The Duluth Historical Society Museum is located at 2956 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096, and can be reached at 770-232-7584.


*Photographs and captions courtesy of Pamela Nye.