Spring Workshops Planned on “Discovering Community History”

[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]

Spring Workshops Planned on “Discovering Community History”


Thursday, April 19 — New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington

Thursday, May 10 — Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, Hickory

Thursday, May 17 — Edgecombe Community College, Rocky Mount


RALEIGH — The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, invites researchers, historians and representatives of museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations across the state to participate in its spring workshops, “Discovering Community History: Researching Local Businesses, Buildings, People, and More.”


The workshops will offer tips and strategies on researching community history, including business and industrial history. Participants can learn about the basics of good research and a about a variety of useful resources to help them in their search, including resources offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. They will learn how city directories, maps, ads, online document collections and other resources can help citizens and community organizations uncover their community’s past.

Bob Crowley, curator of the N.C. Railway Museum in New Hill, will lead morning sessions at each workshop on researching business and industrial history, while afternoon sessions are geared to local history topics.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments, followed at 10 a.m. by an overview and the introduction of Crowley, who will speak from 10:15-11:15 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon sessions start at 1:15 p.m. and will last approximately an hour.

  • In the April 19 Wilmington afternoon program, Beverly Tetterton will describe the rich local history collections available at the New Hanover Public Library. Professor Kate Amerson and several of her students will also talk about how they conducted research into New Bern’s 300 years of history for a documentary, and they will screen their 30-minute film, “Voices of New Bern.”
  • In Hickory on May 10, Leslie Keller will describe her research that led to the publication of “Lost Hickory,” an exploration of historic buildings that were lost over time.
  • In the Rocky Mount workshop May 17, city officials will describe how they uncovered parts of the city’s political and architectural history, and they will offer a tour of several restored buildings afterward.

Registration is due one week prior to the selected workshop. The cost, including a box lunch provided on-site, is $20 for Federation members and $25 for non-members.

Visit www.fnchs.org/fund/fund.htm  for a registration form. Call (919) 807-7395 for more information.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.