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Treasures of Carolina on TV and in Print

Last Saturday the exhibit “Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives” opened at the North Carolina Museum of History. What’s being said about the exhibit?

The State Archives of North Carolina will also be among the institutions featured on “Collecting Carolina” on Friday, October 30, 9PM on UNC-TV EX. To see a list and summary of the “Collecting Carolina” episodes, or to view previous episodes, visit http://www.unctv.org/content/ncweekend/collecting/show.

Staff from the North Carolina Museum of History moving in items for the "Treasures of Carolina" exhibit, October 2015

Staff from the North Carolina Museum of History moving in items for the “Treasures of Carolina” exhibit, October 2015.

Are you interested in seeing how a museum exhibit is put in place? Behind-the-scenes photos of “Treasures of Carolina” being moved into the History Museum in early October are available on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Staff from the State Archives of North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of History moving in items for the "Treasures of Carolina" exhibit

Staff from the State Archives of North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of History moving in items for the “Treasures of Carolina” exhibit.


State Archives on C-SPAN and Tips for Your Summer Visit

Raleigh will be the focus of C-SPAN programming tomorrow afternoon, including segments on the State Capitol and State Archives. For more information, see their daily schedule at http://www.c-span.org/history/

Also, if you’re planning a research trip to any archives this summer, the American Historical Association has some tips on making the most of your visit.

“Mysteries of the Museum” Comes to the State Archives

Just as the old saying goes, “everyone loves a good mystery.”  Combine a mystery with a little history and you have the stuff of fun television.  The Travel Channel program “Mysteries of the Museum” bills itself as a program that looks into the mysteries and stories behind the historical treasures in American institutions.  “Behind each artifact is yet another story to be told and secrets to be revealed — tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue.”  http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/mysteries-at-the-museum/articles/mysteries-at-the-museum   Earlier this year the staff at the State Archives had the privilege to work with the “Mysteries of the Museum” producers to feature the story behind our most valuable document.  It is a story that spans over 140 years involving a theft, intrigue, and generally more mystery and scandal than normally attached to a document. Even though I have been known on occasion to read the end of the novel first to find out the identity of the villain, I won’t ruin this surprise by revealing the document in question.  On August 14 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) the episode of “Mysteries of the Museum” will contain the story.  Join us and learn more about the mystery behind one of most valuable treasures.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the State Archives recently, consider a trip here to uncover some mysteries of your own.  While most documents don’t have the colorful history outlined in the “Mysteries of the Museum” program, our collections contain all kinds of treasures and great stories.  Genealogy is a popular hobby, one that will hook you quickly.  We have all kinds of public records, private collections, photographs, maps and other materials for you to use in your research.  If you are just getting started or if you have been researching for years, we have knowledgeable staff ready to assist you.  Who knows, maybe you will even solve one of your own family genealogical mysteries at the State Archives of North Carolina!

Sarah Koonts

Director, Division of Archives and Records

The State Archives on TV and Civil War 150 News

I’ve got a couple of updates for you:

If you were watching the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” on Friday night you may have been surprised to see the State Archives of North Carolina on the episode in which Reba McEntire explores her family history. I know our staff members were thrilled to be involved in the taping of this episode. If you missed it, the video for the episode is available on the NBC website until 9/16/2012. The Cultural Resources press release about the film crew’s visit is available, as is a short News and Observer article about the show.

The first part of 2012 is a busy time for North Carolina Civil War 150 news due to the Burnside Expedition’s activities in the eastern part of the state during 1862. As a result, there’s been a flurry of activity on our Civil War blog, including:

And if you’d like to listen to Chris talk about the Burnside Expedition, he was interviewed about it by WOUB, an NPR affiliate in Ohio.