Friday, December 28, 2012

A Records Review: Colonial Documents Going Digital


(L-R) Jean-Claude Brunet, 
The Consul General of France in New Orleans,  
Greg Lambousy, 
Director of Collections, Louisiana State Museum 
 and
Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret,
President - Button Gwinnett Chapter GASSAR

On Saturday,  Dec 8, 2012 at the Old Mint in New Orleans many gathered for what was called  A Records Review: Colonial Documents Going Digital Gala fund raising party. 

Louisiana is rich in original manuscript material from the 18th century, an inheritance from the colony’s early founding, strategic location, and economic and military activity. New Orleans’s French Superior Council (1714-1769) and Spanish Judicial Records (1769-1803)—which have been in the care of the Louisiana State Museum since its founding in 1906—are  the crowning jewel of this written patrimony. Unfortunately, accessing the manuscripts is a complicated process, and the documents, some nearly 300 years old,-are deteriorating. Action is needed to preserve this archive and to make it more accessible to researchers and the general public. To preserve the contents of this one-of-a-kind archive, and to provide free and universal access to the region’s most significant foundational documents, LSM is committed to a three year, $800,000 effort to digitize and publish the archive online in a searchable database.

Anita and I drove down to New Orleans to help support this very important cause since many of these same documents helped me to locate and document two of my Louisiana French Colonial Ancestors.   Below is a video and a few pictures taken of those in attendance. 



I Invite you to see here the PBS segment of the History Detectives titled:Galvez Papers


(L-R) The Consul General of France in New Orleans,
 Jean-Claude Brunet 
and
 Michael Nolden Henderson, LCDR USN Ret,
President - Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society 
Sons of the American Revolution



L-R) Pauline Royals, Jean-Claude Brunet, The Consul General 
of France in New Orleans,Michael Nolden Henderson,
 LCDR USN Ret,President - Button Gwinnett Chapter GASSAR




 Anthony Henderson (Nephew), Cynthia Henderson (Sister),
and Michael Henderson and Ms. Anita Rochelle 


L-R) Michele Krier, Jean-Claude Brunet, The Consul General 
of France in New Orleans,Michael Nolden Henderson,
 LCDR USN Ret,President - Button Gwinnett Chapter GASSAR


To see more photos of the evening event you are invited to double click here
: Thank you for joining us .