(STATEHOUSE) March 17, 2009 - Volunteer groups often provide valuable services that would cost organizations millions of dollars to replicate with employees. Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) joined Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) in honoring one invaluable group of Hoosier volunteers with a resolution on Tuesday.
The Friends of the Indiana State Archives, a non-profit organization that helps preserve official government records, traveled to the Indiana Statehouse today to be honored before the full House of Representatives and Senate.
"These volunteers have dedicated countless hours of service to our state," Rep. Murphy said. "They fill a role that the state could never afford to fill with paid employees, and there work preserves Indiana's history in action for generations to come."
The Friends of the Indiana State Archives have logged 40,149.5 hours since the program began in 1990, coming to a total savings of $703,018 to Hoosier taxpayers. In 2008 alone, the group logged 6,199.25 hours, along with a group of IUPUI students.
The archiving work performed by these volunteers has increased public access to government records and increased awareness of the Indiana State Archives through outreach programs. These archives are priceless documents, many of which genealogical in nature and help people all over the country trace their family lines.
To learn more about the Indiana State Archives and view some of these priceless Indiana documents, visit http://www.fisa-in.org/.