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The Christmas Seal

OR_183_AmericanLungAssociationNC_ChristmasSeals_1980_1989_006This year we have added a collection of Christmas Seals to the “Carolina Christmas” digital collection. The Christmas Seals are part of the American Lung Association of North Carolina Records collection, which is part of the State Archives Organization Records. The Organization Records group consists of the records of many of the state’s private, professional, or civic organizations judged to be relevant to the history of the state. In 2007 the American Lung Association of North Carolina merged with Maryland and Virginia’s to become the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast. It was shortly after the merger that the State Archives became custodians of this collection. A collection of American Lung Association Christmas Seals dating from 1919 to 1999, as well as some Christmas Seals from foreign countries, have been added to “Carolina Christmas.
The Christmas Seal was developed to help in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). In the nineteenth century tuberculosis was a feared disease with no cure, it did not discriminate between rich or poor, and it ravaged its victims leaving them pale and emaciated until death finally took them. In 1871 a doctor discovered that fresh air and rest could cure TB. As news of this cure spread, so did small clinics where doctors could treat small numbers of patients and, in 1907, one such clinic sent out a plea for help. They needed to raise money or they would have to close their doors to the sick. It was in the fight to keep this small clinic alive that Emily Bissell spearheaded the origin of the American Christmas Seal and the forming of the American Lung Association. To read the full story, read either The Story of the Christmas Seal or the Crusade of the Christmas Seal.
This series from the collection consists of Christmas Seals divided by date range, two small pamphlets, a poster depicting Christmas Seals from around the world, Christmas Seals from foreign countries, and Christmas Seals signed by celebrities. To learn more about the collection see our MARS (Manuscript and Archives Reference System) catalog and use the search term “American Lung Association.”

Date Ranges

1919-1929

1930-1939

1940-1949

1950-1959

1960-1969

1970-1979

1980-1989

1990-1999

We hope you enjoy the new additions to “Carolina Christmas” and have a happy holiday season.

New Additions for Christmas

“Carolina Christmas” is a collection of images, documents, and other materials from the State Archives of North Carolina that pertain to the holiday season. Every year we try to add new materials to this collection as a holiday treat, and this year is no exception.

In the last few weeks, we have added a wonderful short story from the Mary Speed Mercer Papers called “Madam Santa Clause, a Story of a Quilt” and written by Mary Speed Mercer under the pseudonym, “Warren Edgecombe.” This true story exemplifies the holiday spirit with a heartwarming tale of friendship and giving. From this collection we have also scanned a poem written by Mary, “A Peep at St. Nichols.” This poem was heavily influenced by “A Visit from ST. Nicholas” You may know “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by its later name “T’was the Night before Christmas.”

While searching for information on another project, I came across a rare treat in the Richard Seawell Hinton Letters. The collection happened to contain “Christmas Carols” a song booklet given out by the YMCA to the service men on Christmas Eve, 1918. Instantly I knew this would be a great addition to the Christmas collection. The booklet includes the music and lyrics to “Oh Come all ye Faithful,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Silent Night, Holy Night,” “Hark the Herald Angles Sing,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night.”

I also came across some holiday cards from the 1920s in the Hampton Family Papers; these greeting cards were truly a joy to scan and index. Many of the cards are hand painted and feature Art Deco elements, making them little pieces of art. If you would like to peruse the new “cards” additions to the collection you can perform an advanced search using the phrase “Hampton Family Papers” which will give you a list of only the newly added cards.

We here at the State Archives hope you enjoy these new additions to the North Carolina Digital Collections and wish you a very merry holiday season. We’ll have new projects to introduce you to in 2014, but for now, as that ever so popular poem states “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Tree Lighting Ceremony Starts Holiday Season at State Capitol Dec. 12

[This post is a Department of Cultural Resources press release. To learn more about news and events related to cultural resources, visit the department website.]

RALEIGH — The tree-lighting tradition at the State Capitol will continue when Gov. Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory light the Christmas tree Thursday, Dec. 12. The Junior Woman’s Club and State Capitol historic site host this free, public celebration. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with luminaries being lit and holiday music by the Raleigh Concert Band and Garner Magnet High Die Meisters. The governor and first lady will make their way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to officially begin the ceremony. The lit tree will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street.

Yellow Dog Bread Company will sell coffee and assorted pastries on the grounds throughout the evening. The Junior Woman’s Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate while local sports team mascots entertain the crowd prior to the ceremony. Even Santa is scheduled to make an appearance!

The annual holiday open house will begin at 6:30. The public is invited inside to see the Capitol’s holiday decorations, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and featuring items grown, raised and harvested in our state. Meanwhile, the East Cary Middle School Steel Drum band will perform holiday music in the rotunda.

Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory invite you to bring donations for North Carolina’s Rural Shelters. Pets are the heart of many North Carolina homes. Dogs and cats are surrendered for many different reasons or are rescued and our state’s shelters become their temporary homes. Help brighten the holidays by dropping off food, blankets, towels, toys and treats. Please help our state’s shelters provide the proper care for these adoptable pets until they find their forever home with a new family. We are pleased to be working with Bayou Rescue in this effort.

Please bring donations to the State Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 12, 13, 14, 15. Donations can include the following:

  1. Canned food for puppies, kittens and adult dogs and cats
  2. Toys for enrichment
  3. Blankets and towels for bedding and bathing
  4. Treats for all animals

Visitors will find the Museum of History and gift shop open, and will enjoy the giant decorated tree in the lobby. Old fashioned toys and games, a “make and take” craft, and exhibits add to the fun. Exhibits, including The Tsars’ Cabinet andWindows into Heaven, will remain open until 7:30 p.m. at a discounted admission price (free for children ages 6 and under). The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences also will be open, and will offer hands on activities and “meet the animals” for children. Discounted tickets to view the special exhibit Birds of Paradise will be sold until 6 p.m. and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.

Sponsors are the State Capitol Foundation, State Historic Sites Division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, N.C. Department of Agriculture, N.C. Department of Administration-Facility Management, N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh and the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh. The 24-foot tree was grown by Peak Farms in Ashe County and is sponsored by the Capital City/Cardinal Club of Raleigh. There will be free parking along the street and in state government lots after 5 p.m.

The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury, Morgan and Wilmington Streets. For more information, please visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol or call (919) 733-4994.

Holiday Open House at North Carolina Governor’s Mansion the Second Weekend of December

[This post is a Department of Cultural Resources press release. To learn more about news and events related to cultural resources, visit the department website.]

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s Executive Mansion– the “people’s house” — will open its historic doors once again for the beloved annual Holiday Open House to be held Dec. 12 to 15.

Visitors are invited to tour the home, take in the decorations, and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local performing groups. The first floor of the Mansion will be decorated with North Carolina-grown Christmas trees, floral and mixed evergreen arrangements, a whimsical gingerbread house, and ornate mantel displays.

The hours of the Open House are: Thursday, Dec. 12, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not needed or accepted. Visitors should enter at the main gates on Blount Street.

Tour through the North Carolina Executive Mansion, ca. 1990s

Tour through the North Carolina Executive Mansion, ca. 1990s. This image is part of the Carolina Christmas Collection in the NC Digital Collections.

The fine Victorian-style mansion, home to North Carolina governors since 1891, was once described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.”  Built from native materials, the Executive Mansion has been occupied by 29 governors’ families.

The Executive Mansion is located at 200 North Blount St. in Raleigh. Gov. Pat McCrory is the 29th governor to live in the Mansion. He is the 74th governor of North Carolina since statehood.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR 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. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

Carolina Christmas Exhibit

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

To celebrate the holiday season the Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina has set up an exhibit highlighting items from our “Carolina Christmas” digital collection.

This year Ashley and I have added Christmas cards from the Dr. William R. Valentiner Papers (PC.1556, MARS number 2066) to the “Carolina Christmas” exhibit, which is part of the North Carolina Digital Collections.  Dr. Valentiner was a German art historian, scholar, author, and the first director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (1955-1958).

Search Room Christmas display.

Search Room Christmas display.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Starts Holiday Season At the State Capitol

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

RALEIGH — An annual North Carolina tradition continues as Gov. Bev Perdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves host the annual tree-lighting ceremony at the State Capitol on Thursday, Dec. 6. The Junior Woman’s Club and State Capitol historic site host this free, public celebration. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with luminaries being lit and holiday music by the Raleigh Concert Band and the Langston Ladies and Lads singing group. The governor and first gentleman will make their way to the south grounds at 6:15 p.m. to officially begin the ceremony. The lit tree will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street.

Local food trucks will open for business at 5 p.m. on Morgan Street. The Junior Woman’s Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate while local sports team mascots entertain the crowd prior to the ceremony. Santa is scheduled to make an appearance.

The annual holiday open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public can tour the Capitol’s holiday decorations, including trees decorated in honor of breast cancer awareness and the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. Meanwhile, the 8501 Youth Hand Bell Choir will perform holiday music in the rotunda.

Visitors will find the N.C. Museum of History and gift shop open, and will enjoy the giant decorated tree in the lobby. Old fashioned toys and games, a “make and take” craft and exhibits add to the fun. Exhibits, including Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind; The Story of North Carolina and At the Speed of a Girl–Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting will remain open until 7:30 p.m. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences also will be open, and will offer hands on activities and “meet the animals” for children. Tickets to view Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be sold until 7 p.m. and the museum will remain open until 9 p.m.

Sponsors are the State Capitol Foundation, N.C. Historic Sites, N.C. Department of Administration-Facility Management, N.C. Museum of History, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh. The 24-foot tree was grown by Peak Farms in Ashe County and is sponsored by the Cardinal Club of Raleigh. There will be free parking along the street and in state government lots after 5 p.m.

Holiday Hours and Christmas Cards

Christmas Card: "Old days come back to Memory..." from the James Yadkin Joyner Papers

Christmas Card: "Old days come back to Memory..." from the James Yadkin Joyner Papers

As I mentioned in a previous post, the State Archives will be closed December 24-27, 2011 for the Christmas holiday. The Archives will also be closed December 31-January 2 for the New Years holiday and January 9-11 for Annual Inventory.

Also, just in time for the holidays, Tiffanie and I have just added several Christmas and New Years cards to the Carolina Christmas exhibit, part of the North Carolina Digital Collections. The greeting cards are part of the James Yadkin Joyner Papers (a.k.a. PC.171, MARS Number 680); Joyner was an educator and the Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1902-1919.