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City of Albany working to preserve history

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany is working to preserve an important part of history. Records dating back more than 170 years currently sit on shelves in the city clerks office, or in boxes elsewhere. Many of the records are handwritten and are in danger of disintegrating.

Thronateeska Heritage Foundation wants to help preserve those records, by copying them and storing them both physically and electronically.

Tommy Greggors said, "An important part of it is keeping Albany's history in Albany. There are out of town services and there's probably an off-site location you could store the records, but again, it gets back to accessibility point, our local citizens being able to go back and research our history."

The start up cost for the city would be up to $35,000 this year just for the hardware, software and other supplies. The service of relocating and copying those records will cost about $50,000.

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