Archives Week Exhibits at Z. Smith Reynolds Library

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

Archives Week Exhibits

Where: Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Archives are a vital and active part of the Wake Forest community. This October, exhibits include a small Archives Week display in the entryway of the library highlighting our Civil War collections. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Wilson Wing addition with another exhibit featuring various materials from the University Archive. On the 6th floor, in the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room, an exhibit of historic bibles showcases our extensive rare books collection to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Visitors are welcome to come to the ZSR Library to enjoy the many treasures we have in our collection!

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Dedication of the Guilford Woods Historical Marker

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

Dedication of the Guilford Woods Historical Marker

Where: Bennington Drive, Greensboro, N.C.

When: Wednesday Oct. 26 from 2-3 PM

A marker noting the historical significance of the Guilford Woods will be placed on Bennington Drive, between Jefferson Road and Waterford Lane, near where the woods border Price Park in Greensboro, N.C. A dedication ceremony will be held at the site Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., with an optional Historical Walking Tour following at 2:30.

The 240-acre woods are a haven of biodiversity with a rich history stretching back to their initial settlement by Saura and Keyawee peoples. European American Friends began arriving in the area in the 18th century. The woods were the site of encampments during the Revolutionary War and a refuge for enslaved people seeking freedom via the Underground Railroad and for Quaker men escaping the Confederate draft during the Civil War. More recently, the woods were the site of the first College farm. Contact the Friends Historical Collection at archives@guilford.edu or 316-2264 for additional information.

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Film Fest at the Archives

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

Film Fest at the North Carolina State Archives

Where: Room 208, 2nd floor, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C.

When: 10 AM – at least 2 PM, Oct. 26

The public is invited to a festival of films from the Non-Textual Materials Collection of the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The films document the life and times of ordinary North Carolinians from the 1930s-1970s. The first film will be shown at 10 AM and the films will continue until at least 2 PM, depending on the lengths of the films being show.

A more definitive schedule will be forthcoming, but a tentative schedule includes:

10: 00 AM – H. Lee Waters films of Durham, North Carolina, ca. 1937-1942
Silent films created by H. Lee Waters. Waters ran a Lexington, N.C. photography studio and began filming various communities during the Great Depression in order to supplement his studio income. After filming and editing, Waters would return to the communities to show his films at the local theater. There’s a short H. Lee Waters video on YouTube if you would like more information on the man and his films.

11: 15 AM  – Mr. William Wakes Up, ca. 1944-1947

The role and functions of local and state health agencies are described through the use of an imaginary character named Mr. Williams. Written by George Stoney and shot in Wayne and Duplin Counties and Raleigh, NC.  Introduction contains good aerial views and street scenes of downtown Raleigh and an unidentified smaller town.  The show includes some great footage of interiors of 1940’s restaurants, a food processing plant, inner-city areas, school children, teachers, nurses, at least two schools, farm scenes, a class of African American midwives, a North Carolina tuberculosis sanatorium, and a variety of public health personnel and facilities.  Topics addressed include early childhood preventative health care such as inoculations; public health concerns in agriculture, in industrial settings, in water purifications, and in public facilities such as schools; and prevention of epidemics and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and venereal diseases.

Time to be determined – Jockey’s Ridge for All the People, 1975-1976

The motion picture film documentary Jockey’s Ridge for All the People was made by Ronald Hagell in 1975-76 as a final production for a graduate (MA-Mass Communication) film making class at UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Radio, Television and Film. It was paid for by Save our Sand-dunes (SOS), an organization set-up by Carolista Fletcher Baum and the people of Nags Head, NC, to save Jockey’s Ridge and all its associated dunes from destruction by coastal developers.

Other films may be shown given time – see the North Carolina State Archives blog for more information.

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Civil War Living History Days

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

Civil War Living History Days

Where: Chowan County Courthouse, Historic Edenton

When: October 10, 17, 24, 31, 2011

Civil War Living History Days, a program designed for the 4th grade student and held on the green of the Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, will be held every Monday in October. Learn about Harriet Jacobs and discover hands on activities to improve student’s knowledge of life in Northeastern North Carolina during the Civil War and the life of a civil war soldier. For more information, call 252-482-2637 or email carolyn.owens@ncdcr.gov for more information.

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Uncovering Local History Through Family Letters

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

The Civil War at Home: Uncovering Local History Through Family Letters

Where: Historic Bath State Historic Site, 207 Carteret St., Bath, NC

Historic Bath will display the exhibit “The Civil War at Home: Uncovering Local History Through Family Letters” daily throughout the end of 2011. The exhibit will focus on the information available from personal letters exchanged during this pivotal time in American history. The display includes canteens, binoculars, spectacles and belt buckles from the Civil War period. For more information call the state historic site at 252-923-3971 or e-mail bath@ncdcr.gov.

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Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture

Where: Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham, NC

When: Sunday, October 16, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver this year’s Earlie E. Thorpe Memorial Lecture at Historic Stagville. Dr. Lowery recently published Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (University of North Carolina Press). This annual lecture at Historic Stagville is given in honor of Dr. Thorpe, an important scholar of the history of African Americans, who taught at North Carolina Central University from 1962 to 1989. Dr. Lowery’s lecture will focus on the history of the Lumbees in North Carolina, including a discussion of Henry Berry Lowry, who led a multiracial band of outlaws during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The program is free and open to the public. In addition to the lecture the jazz band Quintessence, led by Quinton Parker, will perform. Refreshments will be served.

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North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking Storm, 1861-1862

A new event has been added to the Archives Week calendar:

North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking Storm, 1861-1862

Where: N.C. Museum of History – 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh

When: May 20 – October 29, 2012

The small exhibit North Carolina and the Civil War: The Breaking Storm 1861-1862 highlights the events leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War and the early battles. The exhibit features artifacts related to the state’s role in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the nation’s western expansion, and the Civil War. The museum also offers the online exhibit North Carolina and the Civil War. For museum hours and other information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org.

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