Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a $2,400 check today to the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library. The grant money will be used to help pay for map storage cabinets needed to store historical documents.
The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.
"I appreciate the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library's commitment to this program," Secretary Hargett said. "These funds will assist in its important work of preserving these records as well as making them available to the broadest possible audience."
"My family's roots on my father's side are Carter County roots," Sen. Rusty Crowe said. "Carter County has such a rich, deep history, and I am proud to assist Secretary Hargett in making this grant available to the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library."
"Carter County has a rich and unique history to the beginnings of our state and nation," Rep. Timothy Hill said. "I'm proud to see the Carter County library is taking steps to preserve our history and I'm honored Secretary Hargett would see the value in their efforts."
"It's so important to have grants like these that help protect archival records," Rep. Kent Williams said. "I appreciate Secretary Hargett's commitment to our state's libraries. He's a friend of the libraries and a friend of the state of Tennessee."
The Secretary of State's office has participated in the SNAP program since 1999. Each year, the office provides about $45,500 in available funding to selected archives within Tennessee based on their submitted proposals. The proposals are screened by staff at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, which is a divsion of the Secretary of State's office.