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Historical Society & Museum and WOUB sponsor Home Movie Day

ATHENS, Ohio (July 30, 2004) -- Is there visual history hiding in your closet? In the past year, some of your neighbors have unearthed their home movies of the 1930 Millfield mine disaster, the 1937 Athens flood and the old airport on East State Street. All were used in WOUB-TV's recent "Bicentennial History Minutes" series.

Now the Athens County Historical Society & Museum and WOUB-TV are joining forces with film archivists and preservation organizations around the country to sponsor Home Movie Day 2004 at ACHSM's 65 N. Court Street headquarters from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 14.

If you have 8mm, Super8, or 16mm home movies that illustrate the history of southeast Ohio, please bring them to ACHSM on that day. Local historians, archivists, and broadcasters will be on hand to help identify them and to offer tips on preserving the films and/or transferring them to videotape or DVD.

Everybody involved in Home Movie Day 2004 is interested in preserving people's visual memories before they deteriorate. If you open a film can or box and it smells like vinegar inside, it may already be too late.

WOUB-TV is especially interested in any material that could help tell the story of the region in future series like the "Bicentennial History Minutes," or in a planned documentary on the early closing of Ohio University after the May 1970 Kent State shootings.

Home Movie Day 2004 (www.homemovieday.com) is coordinated under the auspices of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and grew out of the concerns held by film archivists for the fate of all the home movies shot on film during the 20th century. Let us help you preserve them and make them available to a wider audience.

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Media Contact: Athens County Historical Society & Museum's Jim Sturgill, (740) 592-2280 or jsturgill@athenshistory.org, or Scripps School of Journalism's Mark Leff, (740) 593-2616 or Leff@ohio.edu

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