Our State Library and Archive Tour in Raleigh is scheduled for this Saturday, September 19. We will be meeting in the parking lot behind the Graham Building at 8:30 a.m. We are planning on being in Raleigh by 10:30 a.m. The tour should last approximately an hour and a half, and we will be eating lunch afterward. We are planning on having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. It is still not too late to go if you would like. Just email me, and let me know. 🙂
For anyone who is attending, here is an email I received from our tour guide Cheryl McLean. It offers some pointers on clothing for the trip and an overview of what exactly we will be doing.
On Saturdays the state employee lot across from the front of the building is available. The entrance to it is on Blount Street. The public lot next to it is free on Saturdays, and that’s probably where you should start looking. There is an entrance on Jones Street, right across from the steps of our building. However, if it looks full, go to the stoplight and turn right on Blount and then enter on the employee side. (The public and employee lots look like one big lot but there is a barrier between the two.) Come in the front of the building. Everyone will need to sign in with the security guard and show a picture ID. However, if you can provide a list of names for me to give to the guard before you arrive, that may save you time. I’ll meet you in the front near the guard’s desk.
I thought I’d start on the first floor of the library with a short PowerPoint presentation to provide an overview of the library. Depending upon the time, I’ll either show you around the library and then take you to Archives, or start with Archives and end with the library. I want to make sure you get plenty of time for the Archives before their lunch time begins. Chris Meekins, the correspondence archivist, will lead the Archives portion.
Also, please ask everyone to dress in layers. It may be warm or it may be cold. A lot of state buildings are heated by a combination of steam and cool air, and Saturday is the start of the annual steam plant maintenance. If they leave the chiller on, it will be cold. If they turn the chiller off, it could be a little warm.