Just as the old saying goes, “everyone loves a good mystery.” Combine a mystery with a little history and you have the stuff of fun television. The Travel Channel program “Mysteries of the Museum” bills itself as a program that looks into the mysteries and stories behind the historical treasures in American institutions. “Behind each artifact is yet another story to be told and secrets to be revealed — tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue.”
Earlier this year the staff at the State Archives had the privilege to work with the “Mysteries of the Museum” producers to feature the story behind our most valuable document. It is a story that spans over 140 years involving a theft, intrigue, and generally more mystery and scandal than normally attached to a document. Even though I have been known on occasion to read the end of the novel first to find out the identity of the villain, I won’t ruin this surprise by revealing the document in question. On August 14 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) the episode of “Mysteries of the Museum” will contain the story. Join us and learn more about the mystery behind one of most valuable treasures.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the State Archives recently, consider a trip here to uncover some mysteries of your own. While most documents don’t have the colorful history outlined in the “Mysteries of the Museum” program, our collections contain all kinds of treasures and great stories. Genealogy is a popular hobby, one that will hook you quickly. We have all kinds of public records, private collections, photographs, maps and other materials for you to use in your research. If you are just getting started or if you have been researching for years, we have knowledgeable staff ready to assist you. Who knows, maybe you will even solve one of your own family genealogical mysteries at the State Archives of North Carolina!
Director, Division of Archives and Records