For immediate release
March 22, 2012
Phone: (802) 828-2148
MONTPELIER – Secretary of State Jim Condos announced today that the Vermont Historical Records Advisory Board (VHRAB) has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to plan projects to support the identification, preservation, and use of Vermont’s historical records.
The funding will allow VHRAB to design a future re-grant program to assist local historical societies, municipal clerks, and other repositories around the state. Previous VHRAB re-grant programs from 1996 to 2000 secured $123,574 in federal matching funds to support initiatives related to disaster planning; improving access to archival records; and archival education. The planning grant also will be used to design annual Archives Month programs in October.
Secretary Condos stated, “The story of Vermont is captured in its historical records. Whether it is a town clerk’s office, a local historical society, or our state archives, VHRAB can be a resource for any organization in the state entrusted with preserving and promoting the use of these important records.”
VHRAB is chaired by the Vermont State Archivist. Members of the board are drawn from archives, historical societies, colleges and universities, museums, and other Vermont cultural institutions and organizations. The board acts as the state liaison with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
The NHPRC, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 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.
Jim Condos is Vermont’s Secretary of State.