Donate to Hurricane Recovery

Home Movie Day Shares Forgotten Memories


Those old home movies stashed in the closet or attic could be a treasure trove of information and memories. The State Archives of North Carolina and A/V Geeks invite you to “Home Movie Day” Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 to 4 p.m., at the State Archives/State Library Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh.

Please bring a few old movies - 8mm, 16mm, Super8mm, or VHS videos – to be screened. Or just come to watch, discover the value of these unique cultural documents and learn how to preserve them for future generations.

“I had never seen this footage before,” a past participant recalls. “I had never even suspected that such treasures lay waiting in the old tin breadbox of home movies my mother had found in the attic. My kids had a great time too. It blew their minds to see daddy as a toddler, and they had so much fun playing Home Movie Day Bingo.”

Home Movie Day started in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies. Home movies are an essential record of our past and are among the most authoritative documents of times gone by. It allows people in cities and towns around the world to meet local film archivists, learn the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and most importantly, to watch those old family films!

Once you discover and recover your family’s home movies, come to the State Archives with up to two reels for the free public program. At least one of the reels will be screened for you and the audience to enjoy. Point out people and places you recognize! As a bonus, you later get a digital transfer of the home movie you shared as a downloadable file or mailed DVD.

Even if you don’t have any home movies, come enjoy the memories your neighbors bring to share. It’s a fun and educational afternoon which includes Home Movie Day Bingo with prizes for the entire family.

Film archivists use Home Movie Day to allow citizens to view films they might not have seen for lack of a projector, or fears that the films might be too fragile. They knew that many people were having their films transferred to videotape or DVD, mistakenly thinking the new copies would last forever while film would become obsolete. Original films can outlast any film or video transfer and should not be discarded.

Come enjoy this cultural history. You can also learn about Home Movie Day around the world at

For additional information contact Skip Elsheimer, A/V Geeks,  (919) 247-7752, or; Kim Andersen, State Archives, (919) 807-7311, or; or Devin Orgeron, N. C. State University, (919) 802-5926, or  

The State Archives of North Carolina is part of the Office of Archives and History within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

This press release is related to: