Wednesday, May 2, 2007

More Issues for Archives

Last week, I posted about the flood that hit the David Sarnoff Archives in Princeton, NJ. On Monday, Washington DC was struck by two three-alarm fires in one day. The first struck the historic Eastern Market, gutting a building designed by renowned DC architect Adolph Cluss. This press release discusses the city's plans to rebuild and how you can help. New DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised, "Eastern Market will be restored to 100% of its architectural and historic splendor." Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's representative to Congress has also promised to seek federal funding to help bring back the Eastern Market. The outdoor flea market will be open this weekend.

The second fire on Monday ravaged the Georgetown Public Library, a branch of the DC Public Library system. The building was under renovation at the time. The library is home to the Peabody Room, which contains a large collection of archival materials pertaining to Georgetown and early DC History. The DC Public Library Foundation has created a special fund to help restore the building and save the materials from the Peabody Room. Please read more about it here and help if you can.

Please contact me if you have any questions and I can answer them or point you in the direction of someone who can.

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