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Discover Your Family’s Past at the Cultural Resources Family History Fair Oct. 25

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

Photograph of Will Tarkington and Mamie Lougee. Call number: PhC_160_4_24

Photograph of Will Tarkington and Mamie Lougee. Call number: PhC_160_4_24

Join us for the 3rd annual Family History Fair! This free event will include speakers presenting on various genealogy topics and exhibitor tables in the lobby of the building. This event is sponsored by the Government and Heritage Library of the State Library of North Carolina, State Archives of North Carolina and the Friends of the Archives.

Admission to the fair is FREE. Programming will be offered on Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Archives & History/State Library Building in downtown Raleigh.

Click here for information on parking and here for directions.

Check back in late August for more details on our 2014 program.

 

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 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. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  Learn more at www.ncdcr.gov.

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How The State Got Its Shape

If you missed the June 23 Friends of the Archives talk “How did NC Get Its Shape: A History of the Boundaries Surveyed” by Gary Thompson, chief of the North Carolina Geodetic Survey, it is now available on the Department of Cultural Resources’ YouTube channel.

If you want to learn more about the Friends of the Archives, including how to become a member, please visit their new web pages.

 

On June 23, the State Archives Examines How North Carolina Got Its Shape

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

Map graphic for FOA talk “History and Reestablishment  of the NC-SC Boundary”  by Presented By Gary W. Thompson

“History and Reestablishment of the NC-SC Boundary” by Gary W. Thompson, North Carolina Geodetic Survey, will take place Monday, June 23, 2014, 1:30 p.m. in the Archives & History/State Library Bldg Auditorium.

RALEIGH, N.C. — From present day Manteo to Monterrey, Calif. at one time was all Carolina. King Charles II had awarded land grants in 1663 and 1665 to eight Lords Proprietors, his allies. This established Carolina south into Florida and north to the present North Carolina and Virginia border.

A lot has changed since then, but fixing the border between the two Carolinas has been an ongoing process that will be examined during a State Archives of North Carolina hosted program “A History of the Boundaries Surveyed” June 23 at 1:30 p.m., in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Building on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. Beyond academic discussions, the boundary results affect gas and cigarette taxes, property values and more subjects then you may imagine.

The State Archives holds and will display several maps that illustrate the shifting boundaries of these states. By the late 1600s, North and South Carolina were recognized as separate entities and initial shape was given for the two states, but the exact boundary location was disputed for nearly 200 years. The two states in 1994 began a joint effort to re-establish the boundary. This effort took almost 20 years. The program will examine how this was achieved in the 21st century.

Gary Thompson, chief of the North Carolina Geodetic Survey, will provide an overview of the history of the North Carolina-South Carolina boundary in his presentation “History and Re-establishment of the North Carolina-South Carolina Boundary.” The free, public lecture will take place in the auditorium and maps from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina will be on display in the State Archives Search Room.  Both events are sponsored by the Friends of the Archives.

For additional information, please call (919) 807-7326. The State Archives of North Carolina is within the Office of Archives and History in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the State Archives of North Carolina

The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. The Friends of the Archives, Inc. was formed in 1977 to provide private support for the State Archives of North Carolina. For more information about the State Archives, visit http://www.archives.ncdcr.gov.

About the N.C. 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 people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

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.

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.

A Historical Primer on the North Carolina Constitution

The State Archives and the State Library Presents

A Historical Primer on the North Carolina Constitution
Presented by Justice Paul Newby & Professor John Orth

When: October 21, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

Where: N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh

Justice Paul M. Newby of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and Professor John V. Orth, Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, co-authors of the authoritative text on the state constitution, The North Carolina Constitution with History and Commentary (2d ed. 2013), will present an evening program, “A Historical Primer on the North Carolina Constitution,” for the general public.

Join us and learn more about our state’s constitution. Reception immediately following in the State Library’s Government & Heritage Library. Reception sponsored by the Friends of the Archives.

To register for the event, visit: http://www.ncdcr.gov/NewbyLecture.

For more information, see this event flyer.

Upcoming Event: African American Memory of the Civil War in Hertford, NC

[This announcement comes from Andrea Gabriel, Director of Outreach and Development for the State Archives of North Carolina]

Friends of the Archives to Host

”Lest We Forget: African American Memory of the Civil War in Hertford, NC”

June 24, 1:00

 

The Friends of the Archives will present its annual program Monday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium of State Archives and Library building at 109 E. Jones Street in Raleigh. Following the election of new officers, Dr. Hilary Green, from Elizabeth City State University will present, “Lest We Forget: African American Memory of the Civil War in Hertford, NC.” The nation is well into the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, making Dr. Green’s talk quite timely.

Image of memorial for African American troops who fought in the American Civil WarDr. Green is assistant professor of history and political science at Elizabeth City State University. Her work centers on race and gender issues in southern and U.S. history. Green earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.A. at Tufts University.

Following Dr. Green’s talk, documents will be on display in the Search Room and we will offer tours of the State Archives’ stacks and vaults. Don’t miss this opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at our operations.

The Friends of the Archives, Inc. was formed in 1977 to provide private support for the State Archives of North Carolina.  Through generous donations, the Friends have purchased valuable collections for the Archives, helped to conserve documents and maps and have purchased chairs for the Archives’ Search Room. The Friends also sponsors workshops and activities, and helps to coordinate a volunteer and intern program for the State Archives.

Friends of the Archives sponsors workshop on digital preservation

For those of you not familiar with the Friends of the Archives, this non-profit group does a lot to support the programming and operations of the State Archives of North Carolina.  Over the years the Friends, or FOA as they are often referred to, has funded conservation work on the treasures of the Archives, purchased private collections for the Archives, and provided valuable programming support to the Archives.  The FOA also holds periodic workshops on topics such as beginning genealogy.  If you aren’t already a member of the Friends of the Archives, I encourage you to join. Your $30 membership is tax-deductible.  Membership brochures are available in the Search Room and upon request.

During Archives Week in North Carolina the Friends of the Archives is sponsoring a workshop on the preservation of digital family papers.  If you have questions about how to manage your digital pictures or family papers, this is the place to start.   Preservation of digital photographs and best practices for managing and preserving files will be discussed. The workshop will also cover ways to share your digital family history.  The workshop will be held On October 25 from 9 a.m.-noon in the auditorium of the State Archives’ building at 109 East Jones Street.  Cost is $10, but FOA members get in free.  To register, simply call 919-807-7310 and reserve your space.