Monthly Archives: March 2014

Friends of the Outer Banks History Center Announce Their Annual Membership Meeting

[This press release comes from the Outer Banks History Center.]

Friends of the Outer Banks History Center Announce
Their Annual Membership Meeting

MANTEO – The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center invite all to attend their annual membership meeting, Friday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. The event is free and open to the public and no R.S.V.P. is required.

In addition to the business meeting and election of new board members, Chairman Clark Twiddy will announce upcoming events to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Outer Banks History Center. The highlight of the event will be presentation of the 2014 recipient of the Lois W. Bradshaw Volunteer of the Year Award which will have special significance this year due to the recent passing of Mrs. Bradshaw.

The History Center Gallery will remain open until 7:30 p.m. for attendees to see the center’s new exhibit, presented in partnership with the Dare County Arts Council, “An Eye for Art, A Heart for History,” featuring 45 works of art by 24 artists who have expressed their appreciation of our history and heritage in a vast array of artistic modes and media.

Following the Friends annual meeting, the Town of Manteo’s “First Friday” celebrations beckon. Enjoy live music in several outdoor venues. Visit the Dare County Arts Council and many other shops, galleries and restaurants that stay open into the evening, many offering special events and sales. Free refreshments are served at many. There are also two public events at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

For more information about this event, the Outer Banks History Center, or the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, contact us at 252.473.2655 or or visit us on Facebook or at Find information about April 4 events at and

Outer Banks History Center Exhibit Award Winners Announced

[This blog post comes from the Outer Banks History Center.]

A large crowd turned out on February 28th for the opening of the 2014 exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center, An Eye For Art, A Heart For History. Special thanks go to the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center who volunteered their time and hospitality – Clark Twiddy, Karol Hines, Kathryn Lamb, Aida Havel, Dylan Tillett, Bob Machette and Jack Guard.

Award winners Torin Francis, Jefferson Glover and Donald Bowers. Photo by John Havel.

Award winners Torin Francis, Jefferson Glover and Donald Bowers. Photo by John Havel.

Awards were presented in five categories. “Best in Show” was given to Peter Hoppe for “Leona Faith of Wanchese,” a depiction of a derelict boat that formerly rested at Wanchese Harbor. Hoppe’s works are largely created on reclaimed and vintage items, in this case on an old wooden ironing board.

Donald Bowers of Chesapeake, Va., won two awards: Excellence for Best Depiction of Theme and People’s Choice. His evocative photograph, “Radiant Repose” is a cemetery scene near Salvo, a collection of headstones “rising from the sand and grasses, like a quaint relic washed ashore . . . looking steadfastly across the placid reach of the sound, toward the setting sun.” The People’s Choice is sponsored by Aida Doss Havel of a law practice, Separating Together, based in Raleigh. Best Depiction of Theme is sponsored by Bobbie and Dave Stager of Waveriders Coffee & Deli, Nags Head. Best in Show and two excellence awards are sponsored by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center who also hosted the reception.

The Excellence Award for a Two-Dimensional Piece went to Jefferson Glover for his painting, “Memorial’ depicting the concrete cross that resides on the Manteo waterfront, dedicated in the mid-1970s to “rebuilding and strength in times of adversity.”

The Excellence Award for a Three-Dimensional Piece was given to Torin Francis for his pyrography inscribed gourd in a work that incorporates themes from 16th century maps and represents the maritime folklore of the Atlantic Ocean, rich in pirate legends and mythical sea life.

Other artists whose work is on display include Rodney Benson, Don Bryan, Miles Creef, Kitty Dough, Mary W. Edwards, Fay Edwards, Glenn Eure, Colleen “Cole” Fagersten, Catherine Hamill, Barbara Hanft, Roland McDevitt, Dave Huff, Carol Gaw Jones, Ray Matthews, Lane Meyers, Holly Overton, Shirley Ruff, Ada Corbell Scarborough, Jen Scialdone, Benton Tuck, Jim Vallone, and Drew Wilson.

The exhibit is on display through December 2014.

New Digital Collection: “Women in North Carolina: 20th Century History”

Women have been an integral part of North Carolina history as pioneers in various fields, by maintaining the home front during times of war, and by playing lead roles in political and social movements during the 20th century. As part of our celebration of Women’s History Month, the State Archives of North Carolina is launching a new digital collection: “Women in North Carolina: 20th Century History.” This collection provides a glimpse into the lives of North Carolina women as they changed history in our state and the nation.

For this digital collection, we gathered documents from across the holdings of the State Archives, including Private Collections, Organization Records, and State Agency Records. Some of the highlights from this new online collection include materials from:

Annie Laurie Burton Letters [PC.1771]
Annie Laurie Burton, a native of Prospect Hill, Caswell County, began her career as an elementary school teacher. When the United States entered World War II, Burton trained as a field officer in the American Red Cross military welfare service and served in several Australia and Europe. The letters chosen for this digital collection were primarily written from Australia and addressed to her mother and sisters in North Carolina. She describes her travels, Red Cross work, living conditions in Australia, and social life. Several photographs are also included.

Equal Suffrage Amendment Collection [PC.1618]
This collection pulls together documents pertaining to the Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina as well as the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage. It includes correspondence, magazines, circulars, photographs, and other memorabilia from the efforts of both the Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina and the Southern Women’s Rejection League.

In 1913, the Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina was incorporated. In 1915, a headquarters was established in Raleigh, N.C., at the Yarborough Hotel, and the Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina began lobbying for the North Carolina’s General Assembly to ratify the Equal Suffrage Amendment. In March of 1920, thirty-five states had ratified the 19th amendment leaving only one more state needed. At the same time, the Southern Women’s Rejection League was formed and established their headquarters in Raleigh. On August 17, 1920, the North Carolina legislature decided to table the 19th Amendment, but on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

North Carolina League of Women Voters-Wake County Chapter Records [ORG.113]
Meeting minutes from the early years of the chapter’s history in the 1920s, shortly after women received the right to vote. The online collection also includes a summary of local programs and activities during the 1950s and 1960s.

North Carolina International Women’s Year [ORG.109]
These materials date from 1977 and include meeting minutes, reports, summaries of “speakout” events, which raised awareness of issues related to women, and a brief history of prominent women in North Carolina history.

North Carolina Women’s Political Caucus [ORG.132]
Newsletters and reports documenting events such as the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s.

Gertrude Weil Collection [PC.1488]
The online collection includes a small part of the extensive Gertrude Weil collection. The materials available online focus on the Equal Suffrage Association, and Gertrude Weil’s efforts as president of the Equal Suffrage League of North Carolina. Items included from this collection are:

  • Correspondence;
  • A copy of the July-August Everywoman’s Magazine;
  • Annual reports for the years 1914, 1919, and 1920;
  • A Calendar or Year book “The Suffragists’ Calendar, a year-book for every thinking woman.”

Women’s Forum of North Carolina [ORG.72]
An organizational history detailing goals, objectives, and projects; proceedings from a conference on topics such as women in the work force, social structure, and public policy from the 1970s and 1980s.

Women-In-Action for the Prevention of Violence and its Causes, Inc., Durham Chapter [ORG.195]
Meeting minutes, reports, and newsletters documenting the organization’s activities from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

To learn more about the role of women in North Carolina history, visit the Women’s History Month website created by the State Library of North Carolina.

Former Employee and Volunteer at the Outer Banks History Center Passes

[This blog post comes from the Outer Banks History Center.]

Lois W. Bradshaw passed away recently at the age of 89

Lois W. Bradshaw passed away recently at the age of 89.

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the departing of a colleague. Lois W. Bradshaw passed away recently at the age of 89. Lois, a retired librarian served the Outer Banks History Center as a board member on the Friends of the OBHC, as a part-time library assistant and as a volunteer. Because of Lois’s dedication to the Outer Banks History Center, the Lois W. Bradshaw Volunteer of the Year award was created in her honor in 2008. She was its first recipient. Lois was a wise and wonderful woman and was much loved by her family, friends, neighbors, the staff of the Outer Banks History Center, and the Outer Banks community.

Spring 2014 Issue of The Charter Now Online

The Spring 2014 issue of The Charter is now available online.

The Spring 2014 issue of The Charter is now available online.

The Spring 2014 issue of The Charter, the Division of Archives and Records newsletter, is now available through the publications page on our website. The newsletter is published twice a year by The Friends of the Archives.

Included in this issue:

  • An update from Sarah Koonts, the State Archivist, on future plans to promote public awareness of the mission of the State Archives.
  • An article by Frank P. Ward, Jr., President of the Friends of the Archives, on North Carolina  maps.
  • Conservator Emily Rainwater provides a look into her work with a 1797 indenture.
  •  An article by Ashley Yandle, Digital Access Manager, on the North Carolina Digital Collections.
  • A feature by Tiffanie Mazanek of the Digital Access Branch on the Poteet-Dickson Letters. 1861-1902 (PC.1825).
  • A staff spotlight on James Sorrell, Head of the Special Collections Section.
  • As well as news about recent programs and events, new collections, and other staff news.

WRA Partners with Documentary Film Makers for Unique Opportunity

Our collections are used daily by all sorts of researchers.  Scholars, genealogists, historians and documentarians visit us on a regular basis and while we help all with their exploration into the past, it is rare that the archives (or archivist) plays a feature role in the project we assist on.  That’s what makes the new Danu Collaborative Fully Awake project so unique and exciting for the Western Regional Archives.

Fully Awake: Black Mountain College is a documentary film created nearly a decade ago by Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley Dawson.  Through archival research, photographic history, interviews with former Black Mountain College students, teachers, artists and historians, the film gives a glimpse into the progressive liberal arts school hidden in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

“Black Mountain College (1933-1957) was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped twentieth century American art.”  It was a special place that inspired all who experienced it, so much so, that the long-term impact is still being studied today by scholars and artists from across the country and literally around the world.

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Cathryn and Neeley research acting for part of their project. Cameraman Dan said he loved filming at the WRA.

While there are many BMC projects using the collections at the WRA for research, only the Fully Awake project has collaborated with the archives and integrated the archival collections as part of their endeavors.  Thanks to new collections coming to light and advances in technology, Cathryn and Neeley are embarking on a new project to take Fully Awake further.

There are several goals of this new ten-year anniversary re-imagining of the film.  Not only will they be telling more of the story in more clear and profound ways, the most thrilling element for the WRA is that they plan on digitizing over 100 hours of original interview footage to be donated to the archives for permanent public use!

For more information about the project, check out archivist Heather South on the latest campaign update- she is super excited about the collaboration with Cathryn and Neeley: fully awake

Saturday Researcher Update for March 15

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, March 15.  The parade route will proceed along Wilmington Street and numerous roads in the area will be closed.  The parade will begin at 10:00 AM but roads will likely be closed prior to the start of the parade.  Parking may be difficult during this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause researchers.

News and event information related to Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival are available on the event’s website and include a map of the parade route.