History http://wunc.org en The Document That Ended American Slavery Hits The Road http://wunc.org/post/document-ended-american-slavery-hits-road <p></p><p>North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment is now on tour.&nbsp; The document that marked the formal end of slavery in the US will be on display at the courthouse in Historic Edenton.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Officials say the series of stops at historic sites across the state is part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.&nbsp; The timing is also linked to Juneteenth. African Americans observe June 19th as when the last of the enslaved learned they were free in the summer of 1865.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:48:03 +0000 Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 36743 at http://wunc.org The Document That Ended American Slavery Hits The Road Poems Of Teachers And Tigers http://wunc.org/post/poems-teachers-and-tigers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px;">Inspiration for poetry can strike anywhere, even at the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. A visit there sparked one of the poems in "<a href="http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Alloy/Larry-Johnson/book_9781625490735.htm">Alloy</a>" (2014, WordTech Communications), the latest book from Larry Johnson.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:11:34 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 34705 at http://wunc.org Poems Of Teachers And Tigers Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories http://wunc.org/post/holocaust-survivors-tell-their-stories <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">With each passing year, we lose more survivors of World War II. And not just the soldiers who fought, but the targeted civilians who survived the Holocaust. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, we share a few of their stories.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">We begin by talking with speakers from the <a href="http://www.holocaustspeakersbureau.org/">Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau</a>. It works to preserve the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">Host Frank </span>Stasio<span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;"> talks with three people from the Bureau: Sharon </span>Halperin<span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors; Peter Stein, a survivor from Czechoslovakia; and Renee Fink, a survivor from Holland. </span></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:35:46 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 34579 at http://wunc.org Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories Plaque Honors Historic Significance of High Point Market http://wunc.org/post/plaque-honors-historic-significance-high-point-market <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The state Department of Cultural Resources has installed a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker at High Point Market.</p><p></p><p>Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend the unveiling ceremony there today.</p><p></p><p>The original market building was constructed in 1921 with 249,000 square feet of show space. Now the market offers 11.5 million square feet, and contributes more than $5 billion dollars to the state economy every year.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:53:21 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 34568 at http://wunc.org Plaque Honors Historic Significance of High Point Market The Secret World of Dr. Seuss http://wunc.org/post/secret-world-dr-seuss <p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font></p><p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">For many,&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Dr. Seuss is an icon of clever rhymes and fantastical children's book characters. But few people know he also created elaborate paintings and sculptures. Or that he had a room filled from floor to ceiling with hats. Curator Bill Dreyer describes one use Seuss had for the hats:</span></font></p><blockquote><p>If a party was lagging a little bit, he would go into the hat closet, bring out hats, put them on people's heads and ask them to spend the rest of the evening in the persona they might expect the person wearing that hat would have.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The touring "</span><a href="http://www.drseussart.com/hatsoff/" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Hats Off to Dr. Seuss</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at </span><a href="http://www.artshopnc.com/component/content/article/37-fp-rokstories/468-dr-seuss-exhibition.html" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The Art Shop</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> in Greensboro through April </span>19th<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">. Dreyer&nbsp;believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:</span></p><blockquote><p>Here we are, 23 years after Ted Geisel passed away and he's now really being considered a significant 20th century American artist because people are viewing his art as separate from... his most important legacy, children's literature.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:46:25 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33960 at http://wunc.org The Secret World of Dr. Seuss Cemetery 'Funerary Art', A Yarn Factory, A Dye House: 8 New NC National Registry Additions http://wunc.org/post/cemetery-funerary-art-yarn-factory-dye-house-8-new-nc-national-registry-additions <p>Late last week it was announced that several NC buildings had been added to the National Register of Historic Places. We've highlighted eight of those buildings here.</p><p>It's no surprise that the&nbsp; gorgeous Flat Top Estate was added to the list. But some of the other additions may surprise you. They give a nod to beach-style architecture, to our textile history, and to integration.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:48:20 +0000 Carol Jackson 32594 at http://wunc.org Cemetery 'Funerary Art', A Yarn Factory, A Dye House: 8 New NC National Registry Additions Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement http://wunc.org/post/jordan-high-grows-during-civil-rights-movement-1 <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (</span>NCCU<span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">/2011), explores the history of the high school.&nbsp;</span></p></div><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:39:19 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 32461 at http://wunc.org Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement How A Confederate Ironclad Warship Landed On The Bottom Of The Neuse River http://wunc.org/post/how-confederate-ironclad-warship-landed-bottom-neuse-river <p></p><p>This week, an archaeological team is expected to set out to see if they can find remains of the CSS Neuse, a battleship that met a watery grave near Kinston, NC, during the Civil War. Now, many of you history buffs might know why parts of an ironclad ship is lying inland, at the bottom of the Neuse River, but we did not. The story is at times dramatic, frustrating and incredibly sad.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:29:28 +0000 Carol Jackson 31801 at http://wunc.org How A Confederate Ironclad Warship Landed On The Bottom Of The Neuse River NC's First Female Judge Had No Legal Training Whatsoever http://wunc.org/post/ncs-first-female-judge-had-no-legal-training-whatsoever <p></p><p>Judge Mamie Dowd Walker was a widow with two children when she was appointed the first female judge in North Carolina in 1934.&nbsp; It was a first for North Carolina not only because Judge Walker was female, but also because she had no legal training.&nbsp; But her grandson Milo Pyne says his grandmother "needed the money."&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:54:03 +0000 Carol Jackson & Phoebe Judge 31800 at http://wunc.org NC's First Female Judge Had No Legal Training Whatsoever NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans http://wunc.org/post/nc-history-exhibit-celebrates-stories-lebanese-americans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Food, music and dancing are just a few of the contributions of Lebanese Americans to North Carolina’s culture.&nbsp;</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">"Cedars in the Pines,” a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, showcases the influence of Lebanese immigrants on the state.</span></font></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:09:22 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31257 at http://wunc.org NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans