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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Help the Threatened South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Photo of SCDAH by Robin Foster

It is a sad day to see history and access to documentation threatened.  We need to let the South Carolina legislature know that the South Carolina Department of Archives and History is important to us! I was there and signed their petition yesterday. If we do NOTHING, it will cease to exist as we know it:

"In June 2010 severe state budget cuts forced SCDAH to eliminate 11 full-time positions. The agency has lost two thirds of its work force in the past two decades, and yet has continued to perform it's core missions. Further significant reduction in FY 2011-2012 will force SCDAH to reduce those services that ensure the protection of South Carolina's historic resources. The end result of this pattern of budget cuts will be the destruction of this agency and the elimination of its mission."

At the time this article was written, no online petition existed.  Please let your voice be heard! Visit SC.GOV  to let them know how important it is that we protect this state agency whose mission it is to preserve 325 years of documentation and history (buildings, sites, education, records management, and records conservation) for South Carolina.   Let them know they need to "retain the funding for SCDAH in the FY2011-2012 budget."

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