[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]
What is the main question exhibit-goers ask about the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR) World War One exhibit at the State Fair? “Where is the Christmas tree exhibit that usually sits here?” The answer to that seems to be that there isn’t a Christmas tree exhibit this year at the State Fair. DCR’s tribute to the North Carolinians who fought in the Great War is instead being shared in that coveted Dorton Arena location!
2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of WWI, and visitors to the North Carolina State Fair this year will find a series of displays featuring many fascinating period artifacts, music, archival footage and photographs, and more highlighting North Carolina’s role in the First World War just inside the North Side of Dorton Arena. This North Carolina in the Great War exhibit is presented by the NC Department of Cultural Resources and is open to all State Fair goers free of charge.
October 22nd is Military Appreciation Day, and while there are costumed WWI re-enactors on hand at the WWI exhibit every day, today will spotlight all military and will include a parade on the fairgrounds with uniformed soldiers representing 250 years of armed conflict involving North Carolina soldiers.
We encourage everyone to come on out and enjoy this exhibit, talk to the re-enactors, and learn more about the history of the Old North State! For more details on the exhibit and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, please see http://www.ncdcr.gov/News/tabid/95/EntryId/647/North-Carolinas-Role-in-the-Great-War-Showcased-at-State-Fair.aspx.