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May 30, 2013

VT Historical Records Advisory Board Awarded Grants to Improve Emergency Preparedness

Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board (VHRAB) has been awarded two grants to improve emergency preparedness among the state’s numerous and varied historical records repositories.

The board has received a grant of $33,300 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and a grant of $2,400 from the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC). The funding will be used to support a series of regional workshops on emergency planning for records repositories throughout the state. It will also enable VHRAB to offer consultative services to help repositories develop individual emergency plans.

“Town clerks, local historical societies, archives, and libraries preserve our most important documents,” Condos said. “Those records nevertheless are under continuous threat of loss to fire, flood, or any manner of disaster. The support of the NHPRC and VHC allows VHRAB to offer programs to help local repositories plan for these types of emergencies in order to mitigate their effects.”

The NHPRC, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.

The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power of the humanities to all Vermonters. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.

VHRAB plans to hold the first workshops later this year. For more information, please contact VHRAB State Coordinator Scott Reilly at scott.reilly@sec.state.vt.us or 802-828-2207.

Authorized under the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), VHRAB coordinates grants and programs that provide support to Vermont’s archives. Its members are drawn from archives, historical societies, colleges and universities, museums, and other Vermont cultural institutions and organizations. The board is part of the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, a division within the Office of Secretary of State.

Jim Condos is Vermont’s Secretary of State.

Contact: Zoe Newman, 802-828-2148

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: May 30, 2013 09:02:38
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