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New Veterans’ Day Exhibit Opening at Outer Banks History Center

[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Flyer for the events that are part the exhibit “The Family Traditions of Service: A Historical Tribute to Veterans.”

Flyer for the events related to the exhibit “The Family Traditions of Service: A Historical Tribute to Veterans.”

From November 3 to November 13, 2015, an exhibit titled “The Family Traditions of Service: A Historical Tribute to Veterans” will be on display at the Dare County Arts Council building, in the upstairs old courtroom, at 300 Queen Elizabeth Street in Manteo, N.C. The exhibit is part of a broader Veterans’ Day celebration by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center that includes a reception and program at the Dare County Arts Council on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The program will include a short preview of the exciting new documentary film, Mysteries of the Graveyard, by Bryan Jones, noted local videographer and independent researcher, and a panel discussion that will elaborate on the current exhibit in the Outer Banks History Center Gallery on the history of the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, the exhibit serves as a historical tribute to over 100 years of military service of North Carolina residents and their families, with particular emphasis on coastal North Carolina. The goal of the exhibit is to honor the role of North Carolina veterans and their families during peacetime and war. Soldiers, sailors, and aviators may fight for our freedoms, but their families sacrifice and work just as hard to maintain the home front in the service personnel’s absence. The exhibit uses artwork, photographs, and unique documentary sources to provide a glimpse into the different ways in which North Carolinians have experienced war and military service.

The exhibit features reproductions of original and never-before-seen materials documenting the visual, artistic, and documentary experience of North Carolina military personnel and their families. The items on exhibit are all from North Carolina residents, and come from the holdings of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina and the Outer Banks History Center. Items such as original World War II artwork by an Army sniper, showing his view of the war, and military-themed cartoons on a Cannon Mills company war newsletter from World War II offer different views of war and the activities that support military operations in our country.

In order to offer this exhibit for all North Carolinians, the State Archives of North Carolina will be posting the exhibit virtually on social media through the State Archives’ History For All the People blog. One to two items per day will be posted from November 11 (Veterans’ Day) through November 22, 2015, along with a blog post about the item’s history and the historical period it represents. The original items are available for viewing at their corresponding storage locations in the State Archives of North Carolina in Raleigh and the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. This online exhibit serves as the State Archives’ acknowledgment and thank you to all of North Carolina’s veterans and their families for the 2015 Veterans’ Day holiday. If you see veterans this Veterans’ Day, please thank them for their service, and remember to acknowledge their families as well.

Local History through the Camera Lens

[This blog post was written by Kim Andersen, Audio Visual Materials Archivist in the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Announcement for the event: North Carolina's Past Through The Films of Century Film Studios

Come see campaign coverage of Governors Bob Scott, Dan K. Moore, James E. Holshouser, Jr., Terry Sanford, and Jim Hunt; sponsored films for NC law enforcement agencies, the Boy Scouts, and the North Carolina State Fair; commercials for the Record Bar, Mt. Olive Pickles, and Duke’s Children’s Classic golf tournament and a host of other topics (even NC State Football!) that the Century Film Studios in Raleigh produced between the 1950s and 1980s! These films and more will be showcased on Tuesday evening, October 13, 2015, at a special screening and discussion event at NCSU’s Hunt Library.

What: Local History through the Camera Lens

When: Oct. 13 / 7:00pm-9:00pm

Where: James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the NCSU campus

1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, NC 27608

More: https://www.facebook.com/events/643812085754446/ and https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/north-carolina%E2%80%99s-past-through-films-century-film-studios

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/133205518

The Century Film Studio Collection is part of the AV Materials holdings of the State Archives of North Carolina. Century Film Productions (AKA Century Studios; Century Films) was a Raleigh-based film studio owned and operated by O.B. (Ollie) and Lynn Garris. O.B. Garris, who also worked during his career at WNAO and WRAL, was a prolific cameraman, photographer, and filmmaker, and his work provides a rare opportunity to peek at media production from the 50s-80s and see some of the Triangle area and North Carolina in that era. The State Archives was very fortunate to have benefited from the expertise of film archivist Melissa Dollman, who processed the collection at the Archives, secured grant funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation to have two of the films restored, and has continued to do extensive research on the collection.

Melissa Dollman will discuss her research on the Century Films and the phenomenon of local media production along with Dr. Devin Orgeron, associate professor of Film Studies at NC State, Kim Andersen of the State Archives of North Carolina (and NC State alumnus), and Skip Elsheimer, film collector and owner of A/V Geeks (and also an NC State alumnus).

This program, a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries, NC State’s Department of English, the State Archives of North Carolina, and A/V Geeks, is free and open to the public. It will be fun for the whole family. Please bring your parents and grandparents. They might recognize things we don’t! They might even see themselves!

Please contact Kim Andersen (kim.andersen@ncdcr.gov) if you have questions.

October is Archives Month!

[This blog post was written by Andrea Gabriel, Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Gov. Pat McCrory's Archives Month Proclamation for October 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory’s Archives Month Proclamation for October 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed October 2015 as Archives Month in North Carolina. The Society of North Carolina Archivists has developed the theme, “Celebrating Archives: North Carolina Arts, Crafts, and Music Traditions” and several archives throughout the state have developed programs and activities to celebrate. View the proclamation.

As in year’s past, the State Archives will host Home Movie Day on October 17 from 1:00—4:00 pm. in the building auditorium at 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh. Bring your own home movies and share with others. Archivists will be on hand to talk about film preservation.

On October 24, 2017, the State Archives and the Friends of the Archives sponsor Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives,” an exhibit that showcases a selection of the State Archives’ documents, photographs, and maps. Hosted by the Museum of History in Raleigh, the exhibit will remain up through June 19, 2016 and will feature North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights, and the Carolina Charter of 1663 in a brief rotation. For more information about the exhibit visit the ncculture.com description and read our recent blog posts on the upcoming event. We’ll be featuring an artifact each week until the opening. This is an opportunity to view pieces rarely seen. A companion catalog will be available.

And though outside of “Archives Month,” sign up for Ancestry Day on November 7 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. This is an event created for seasoned and beginning genealogists alike and 1,000 are expected to attend.

Don’t miss Ancestry Day in Raleigh, November 6-7

[This press release comes from Andrea Gabriel, Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina.]

Banner announcing Ancestry Day in Raleigh, 2015

Don’t miss Ancestry Day in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 6-7, 2015

Join experts from Ancestry, the State Archives, Friends of the Archives, the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the State Library of North Carolina for this great two-day event. Registration for Saturday’s presentations is $38. Friday’s presentations are $10 and are limited to the first 200 participants who register for Saturday. AncestryDNA kits will be available at a discounted rate of $89 while supply lasts.

Friday’s presentations are sponsored by the State Archives of North Carolina, the State Library of North Carolina, and the Friends of the Archives.

  • “Before the Vital Records Law: What’s a Family Historian to Do?” — Debbi Blake
  • “An Introduction to Online Research Tools from the State Archives and State Library of North Carolina” – Ashley Yandle and Michelle Underhill
  • Saturday, November 7, will feature a full day of classes including:
    • Ancestry 101: New & Review
    • Getting the Most from Ancestry.com
    • Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research
    • Partnering with the State Archives of North Carolina
    • Ask the Experts
    • Sharing Your Family Story

Door prizes on Saturday include free memberships to Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, and Newspapers.com, as well as many other items.

Click here for more information or to register for Ancestry Day.

Plan to Visit Treasures of Carolina: Stories from State Archives of North Carolina

[This blog post was written by Rebecca Lowe. Rebecca Lowe earned her master’s degree in public history from North Carolina State University, and is a member of the State Archives’ Exhibit Marketing Team.]

Flyer announcing the upcoming exhibit:

Flyer announcing the upcoming exhibit: “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives of North Carolina”

What do you think of when you hear the word “treasure”? Many people think of items like gold, jewels, or antiques. The State Archives of North Carolina presents an altogether different concept of treasure in the exhibit Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives, to open October 24 at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Treasures, because these documents, records, maps, photographs, and other media are unique, irreplaceable, and sometimes quite valuable monetarily; Stories, because each item reveals the characters, narrative, and happenstance of how that document came to be and the significance of it to North Carolina’s history and culture.

Visitors will learn about the State Archives’ role in preserving materials that provide evidence of rights and liberties, document government actions and operations, and chronicle our state’s history and culture. A companion catalog with detailed information about the items on display will be available for purchase. It will also include additional items not showcased in the exhibit.

What is on display? The exhibit features both private collections and public records that supplement each other to reveal the nuances of our state’s history. The will of Mary Forsten, the earliest recorded North Carolina will dating to 1665, demonstrates the rarity of a woman property owner in the 1600s; a 1903 African American publication responds to the challenge of restrictive voter registration laws; the handwritten petition for citizenship from Chang and Eng Bunker, the famous conjoined twins from Thailand, reveals changing demographics in North Carolina, and a letter from wife to husband during the Civil War asks him to name their infant daughter.  Other materials document the way handwriting has changed over the centuries, reveal how and why electronic records are preserved, and present the varied formats of photographs dating from the nineteenth century. The exhibit also contains voices of World War I soldiers recounting their war experiences, black and white film clips of the small town of Hillsborough in 1939, and a Union soldier’s sketchbook of scenes on Roanoke Island in 1862.

Hungry for more information about the documents? Beginning next week, this blog will feature a weekly post about one of the artifacts on display so you can learn about its history before you visit the real thing.

While some materials will be available throughout the duration of the exhibit, some of the rarest items will be displayed only for a short time. These materials include:

  • October 24 – October 27: North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights;
  • October 28 – February 7: 11th Amendment and James Iredell’s diary;
  • February 8 – February 14: 1663 Carolina Charter;
  • February 15 – June 14: Signature documents including items signed by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Buckminster Fuller, among others.
  • June 15—June 19: North Carolina’s copy of the Bill of Rights

Plan to attend History `a la Carte on November 18 at the Museum of History from 12:00-1:00 p.m. when an Archives’ staff member will present, “What Records Reveal: the Story behind Treasures of Carolina.”

This exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Archives and runs through June 19, 2016. Additional funding was provided by the N.C. Bar Association Foundation, the Raleigh Times, and Wells Fargo.

Extra! Extra! The Raleigh Times Paperboys Turn 100! Celebration and Fundraiser Planned!

This Monday, August 31st, 2015, marks the centennial anniversary of The Raleigh Times “Newsboys” photograph held by the State Archives of North Carolina. To commemorate this milestone, the State Archives has planned an exhibit and an afternoon of events hosted by the Raleigh Times Restaurant and Bar, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, August 31st. The facade in the photograph, taken by Albert Barden on August 31st, 1915, may look familiar to those who frequent downtown Raleigh because the one-time newspaper offices located at 14 E. Hargett Street have housed the Raleigh Times Restaurant since 2006.

Schedule of Events:

11 a.m. – The exhibit opens to the public at the Raleigh Times Restaurant and Bar, 14 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. The original 8″ x 10″ glass plate negative of the “Newsboys” photograph will be on display all afternoon.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Have your picture taken outside with a life-sized “paperboys” cutout!

3 p.m. – Children’s story time, The Paperboy, by Dav Pilkey, with a representative from the State Library of North Carolina. Free giveaways of NCpedia stickers and coloring pages, as well as Times Boys bobble head dolls and storybooks.

5 p.m. – “Special” keg tapping and free giveaways of Raleigh Times t-shirts, gift cards, and Times Boys bobble heads.

Throughout the event, Archivists from the State Archives of North Carolina will be available to answer questions about the Archives’ photograph and other collections. Also, representatives from the Friends of the Archives will be on hand to distribute information about the SANC and the upcoming exhibit, The Treasures of Carolina …Stories from the State Archives, at the North Carolina Museum of History. Donations to help fund this historic and exciting exhibit will be gratefully accepted!

For more information on the State Archives of North Carolina or the State Library of North Carolina, please visit our websites!

Join us June 1 for the FOA Meeting and NC Barbecue Lecture

Barbequeing pork over an open pit near Rocky Mount, NC, September 1944. From the Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Photo Files. Call number: ConDev4648.5C. Learn more on Flickr.

Smoking pork over an open pit near Rocky Mount, NC, September 1944. From the Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Photo Files. Call number: ConDev4648.5C. Learn more on Flickr.

The Friends of the Archives (FOA) Annual Corporation Meeting and Program will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Archives/State Library Building Auditorium (109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina).

The speaker will be Dr. John Shelton Reed who will talk about “North Carolina and the Original American Barbecue.” For more information, see the event flyer. The Friends of the Archives is grateful for the support of The Pit restaurant and their donation of barbecue samples after the program.

The Friends of the Archives is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 1977 whose mission is to support, promote, and strengthen the collections, services, and programs of the State Archives of North Carolina.  The mission of the State Archives is to collect, preserve and provide access to North Carolina’s documentary history and culture.