[This blog post comes from Sarah Koonts, Director of Archives and Records for the State Archives of North Carolina.]
One of the most rewarding experiences as State Archivist is the development of special exhibits utilizing a few unique original materials from our collections. We develop these special exhibits on occasion to partner with a local historical society, museum, or historic site, often to promote a specific anniversary or event. This year we are thrilled to offer a special exhibit with one of our favorite partners, Alamance Community College. We invite you to join us March 29 for a full slate of programming around the centennial of World War I.
Held at the main building on the Carrington-Scott Campus of Alamance Community College (1247 Jimmie Kerr Road in Graham), the special exhibit will be held from 9 a.m.—5 p.m. on March 29. Due to the number of school groups scheduled for the morning, the public is encouraged to consider an afternoon visit, if possible. During the event, you can see some World War I materials from our military collections, a traveling exhibit about North Carolina and the Great War, and speak with costumed living- history specialists interpreting military service from the period.In addition, there will be soldier, nurse, and Red Cross uniforms on display from the Haw River Museum, Alamance County Historical Association, and the Women Veterans Historical Project from UNC, Greensboro. Kids can join in the fun by coloring their own WWI poster and participating in other activities throughout the building.
We enjoy taking our treasures out to locations outside of Raleigh. It is fun to share our collections and explain a little more about what we do at the State Archives. North Carolina has a rich military history and our World Ward I materials are among the most prized. Come visit Alamance Community College on March 29 to learn more about that history from 100 years ago.