Little Fork Church Notes From History - October 19, 2023
Notes from History No. 9, Announcing Access to our Archives
Throughout the years our Church has been blessed with the donation of documents, articles, pictures and correspondence pertaining to Little Fork Church and Oak Shade. Thank you Mary Jo Browning for the latest contribution. Jay Lewis came into possession of a couple boxes of the Welly Hopkins collection which I’m sure Jay will want to describe how that came about. As we sort through and scan these important historical documents we will be making them available for research.
From its origins, through its reconstruction, up to today we have digitized and published on the Church’s Google Drive all of the scanned documents that we have been archiving, all stored in the searchable Adobe Portable Document Format. To make it easier we are providing main access through a Table of Contents with hyperlinks. In some cases the subject file is too large to view quickly or without downloading so these are separated further to cover specific years.
Click to view the Table of Contents.pdf and you will see that there are 4 sections; Little Fork Episcopal Church, Burying Ground, Preservation Trust and Treasurers Archive. At this time the information is only available to those that have the link and not searchable to the rest of the world on Google. Also at this time most of the Treasurer's reports are restricted. The Diocese Archivist, Julia Randle, met with us on October 17th to see what we have accomplished so far and give much needed guidance as to how to proceed. Soon storage will be available for boxes that will be better protected.
As time permits we will be digitizing other important original information pertaining to Saint Mark’s Parish from its beginning in 1730. All of this will be a useful tool for the Vestry, Committees and Church Administration.