Reading rooms in new premises

Opening of the new Family History Rooms with Bill Palmer and president Marlene Gordon.
Opening of the new Family History Rooms with Bill Palmer and president Marlene Gordon. Leigh Jensen

HISTORY moves are on the agenda this month.

Hot on the heels of the Coffs Harbour City Council taking possession of a new home for the Regional Museum, the council has moved the Coffs Harbour and District Family History Society reading rooms into the old Rural Fire Service building in Marcia Street.

The new room was officially opened on Saturday by Coffs Harbour City councillor Bill Palmer and Family History Society president Marlene Gordon, with 34 people attending the opening and afternoon tea event, including Coffs Harbour City Library representative Enzo Accadia.

Secretary Joy Lane said Cr Palmer had paid tribute to the society’s work in preserving local history in his speech, .

The new reading room, used by members both to store records and reading materials and to conduct research, is smaller than the previous space but is much better organised, members said yesterday.

They remain anxious about its size because the society is growing and the limited space restricts the number of members who can use the room at any one time.

The new room will be open this week and next from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday and from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday.

The society will hold its annual Christmas party on December 18 and will then go into recess until February 1, apart from appointment-only Monday bookings for people to view the films of UK genealogical records made by the Church of Latter Day Saints. The society has a licence to screen these films, which preserve records dating back to the 1500s.

Mrs Lane said the Family History Society already had a good program of events planned for 2011.

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