Friday News Round-Up

I wanted to take a little bit of time on this sweltering July day to mention a few news items that may be of interest to the readers of this blog.

The first two come from the State Library of North Carolina. Their staff are testing using Flickr, along with help from the public, to transcribe some hard to read documents that are destined for the North Carolina Family Records Project. To learn more about this pilot project, visit the Government and Heritage Library blog.

The State Library has also launched a new exhibit on the North Carolina State Fair called Blue Ribbon Memories: Your History of the NC State Fair. While viewing the site if you select the “Explore” option you can see all sorts of great State Fair premium lists and other documents, including an item from our Treasures Collection: “Autographed speech, printed on 30 cards, delivered by President Theodore Roosevelt on October 19, 1905.” The library staff are also welcoming people to submit personal stories or photographs about the State Fair. Read more about this project on the State Library of North Carolina blog.

Today there is an article in the News and Observer about Josh Howard’s Civil War Death Study, which you can read more about on the official North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial website. One of our staff members, Chris Meekins, recently wrote about one of the topics covered in the News and Observer article, the death of Henry Lawson Wyatt, on our NC Civil War 150 blog.  Today Sarah Bliss expanded on the topic of Henry Lawson Wyatt in the first of her planned series of blog posts about Civil War obituaries.

And finally, the News and Observer blog “Past Times” recently included a post about our Civil War materials and my upcoming talk on our online Civil War resources, which is scheduled for August 8th. I’m sure I’ll have more notices to post about that talk next week, but if you want to read more about it now you can do so by selecting the lectures tag on our Civil War blog.