Daily Archives: June 29, 2012

On Display – North Carolina Independence

A previous posting announced the arrival of a new exhibit case in the Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina and made a promise to let you know when an exhibit opened.  A new exhibit has opened just in time for the July 4th holiday.

The theme of the exhibit is the Declaration of Independence and includes several documents.  One group of documents highlights the signatures of the three North Carolina men who signed the Declaration of Independence.   The Surry County Committee of Safety minutes where American Colonists claim all the rights of free men – including the right not to be taxed without having representation in the British government – is also part of the exhibit.   The exhibit includes a promise of payment for the Newbern newspaper to include the text of the Declaration of Independence for seven days.   The final document in the display is the Proceedings of the Provincial government from April 1776 that include the resolutions generally known as the “Halifax Resolves.”

The exhibit is open to the public when the State Archives of North Carolina is open to the public: Tuesday – Friday, 8AM – 5:30PM; Saturday 9AM-2PM.  Please note that the State Archives of North Carolina is closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012.  The exhibit will run through Saturday, July 14, 2012.  You don’t have to give three “Huzzahs” to see the exhibit but you do need a valid picture ID to enter the building.  Please plan to stop by in the next two weeks and view the exhibit.

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News from the 2nd Floor

[This blog post comes from Tiffanie Mazanek of our Information Management Branch.]

Hanging photos in the 2nd floor hall of the State Archives/State Library building

Hanging photos on the 2nd floor hall of the State Archives/State Library building. Click to see a larger image.

The 2nd floor hall has a new look.

The bland white walls of the second floor hallway are a thing of the past, thanks to a collaborative effort of the State Archives of North Carolina, the State Historic Preservation Office and the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites. It all started when Secretary Carlisle shared her vision to see the 2nd floor hall to be more visually appealing to our visitors and employees with Sarah Koonts, Director, Division of Archives and Records, and Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. From there Sarah contacted me and asked if I would help with this project, she mentioned that Kim Cumber the Non-Textual Materials Archivist would be a great person to have on the team. Ramona asked Bill Garrett to be the project lead from the Preservation Department. From there it was decided that the two departments would each choose 20 images that gave a well-rounded representation of our departments and our holdings and transform the hallway.

Photographs representing the work of the State Historic Preservation Office

Photographs representing the work of the State Historic Preservation Office. Click on the image to see a larger version.

We called Amy Sawyer, the Exhibit Design and Production specialist at the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, to ask for her expert advice with the project. Amy was a wealth of knowledge and assisted us in everything from the ordering of supplies to the framing and hanging of the images.

Thanks to this combined effort the 2nd floor hall has been transformed into a gallery of images that represent the extensive and diverse holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina and the wonderful work of the State Historic Preservation office does preserving the state’s architectural history.

A large thank you goes out to all those involved, from the State Historic Preservation Office, Bill Garrett, Ramona Bartos, Claudia Brown, Michael Southern, and Mitch Wilds, from the State Archives, Sarah Koonts, Tiffanie Mazanek and Kim Cumber, and from North Carolina Historic Sites, Amy Sawyer.

Next time you are on the 2nd floor make sure you take a moment to enjoy.