Archives to close in Montgomery

Published 6:18 am Wednesday, June 8, 2005

By Staff
I want to begin this week by telling you about a press release that I received from the Alabama State Archives and History.
For some time work has been on going to build a new wing to the old building in Montgomery. The wing is now nearing completion and the staff and volunteers are gearing up for the long-awaited move. The Archives is a wonderful place to visit, not only for the research that can be done there. I once went to an open house there when the members of the legislature were the tour guides. There is much on display there, but because of space, all of it can not be put out for the public to see at any one time. It is an amazing place. I remembered one department when I received some clothing that had belonged to my grandmother. The bag contained some things that had been hers and some that had been my father's when he was a baby. The clothing had been packed up for almost one hundred years and was very discolored. I was afraid to wash it so I called the Archives and asked to speak to someone in restoration. A nice lady talked to me and even sent me a catalog with some instructions on what to do. She went out of her way to be helpful.
Due to the move to the new wing, the Archives will be closed three weeks to allow the staff to move records and equipment into the new reference room, and processing and office areas into the new west wing.
The Archives will close to the public on June 10, at the end of the business day. All facilities will be closed, including the reference room, museum, public offices and records. No reference services, microfilm or photo duplication or interlibrary loans will be available.
On July 5, the Archives will reopen to the public at the start of normal business hours. All facilities, including the reference room, museum, public offices and records are scheduled to reopen to the public and resume regular services. This will include a new reference room, auditorium, and researchers' break room located in the new west wing addition. Regular and handicapped visitor parking facilities will be available, as well as designated parking and off-loading areas for buses.
After the Archives reopens, the staff will begin moving records to the new improved storage area in the west wing. This is going to be a very good part of the new Archives. At the present time, the storage areas in the old building are far from adequate. Some records may not be available for research during this time. Researchers are strongly encouraged to consult the website at for the latest information or you can call them at 1-334-242-4435 concerning the availability of specific records. A public dedication and celebration is scheduled for Oct. 8, 2005.
I have a little bit of information about the following family. If anyone can add to it, I would be grateful.
The Hinote family descends from Greenberry Hinote (1829-1899) and his wife, Sarah (1829-1894) who came to Escambia County after the Civil War and acquired a large acreage in what is now East Brewton.
Greenberry Hinote was in the timber business and had lived in Henry County Baldwin County and perhaps northwest Florida.
They were the parents of five children, Hulda Hinote who married Ed Brewton, Lucinda Hinote who married Milton Stokes, Fanny Hinote who married a Hinote, Philip Green Hinote who married Bettie Welch and Honor Hinote who married Henry Kierce.

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