History

Arts & Culture
8:48 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Document That Ended American Slavery Hits The Road

North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment will be on display at the courthouse in Historic Edenton for the first stop of its tour.
Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment is now on tour.  The document that marked the formal end of slavery in the US will be on display at the courthouse in Historic Edenton. 

Officials say the series of stops at historic sites across the state is part of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  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. 

Sarah Koontz is a state archivist.  She said the document has to be handled with care.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Poems Of Teachers And Tigers

Alloy book cover
Credit boomerangbooks.com

A conversation with professor and poet Larry Johnson

    

Inspiration for poetry can strike anywhere, even at the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. A visit there sparked one of the poems in "Alloy" (2014, WordTech Communications), the latest book from Larry Johnson. 

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories

Prisoners at Ebensee Concentration Camp in 1945. Many of those who survived camps like these now speak out as a part of Speaker's Bureaus around the country.
Credit Creative Commons

Holocaust Remembrance Day

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.

We begin by talking with speakers from the Chapel Hill-Durham Holocaust Speakers Bureau. It works to preserve the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations. Host Frank Stasio talks with three people from the Bureau: Sharon Halperin, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors; Peter Stein, a survivor from Czechoslovakia; and Renee Fink, a survivor from Holland.

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Arts & Culture
7:53 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Plaque Honors Historic Significance of High Point Market

North Carolina will unveil a historic marker for the original High Point Market building.
Credit High Point Market Authority

The state Department of Cultural Resources has installed a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker at High Point Market.

Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to attend the unveiling ceremony there today.

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.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Secret World of Dr. Seuss

The Hat behind The Cat in the Hat
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Art curator Bill Dreyer talks about the secret world of Dr. Seuss

For many, 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:

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.

 The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at The Art Shop in Greensboro through April 19th. Dreyer believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:

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.

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Environment
4:48 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cemetery 'Funerary Art', A Yarn Factory, A Dye House: 8 New NC National Registry Additions

The Durham Hosiery Mills Dye House. . Built in 1920-1921, the building served as a dyeing facility for mills that were part of the largest cotton hosiery manufacturing company in the United States by the early 1920s.
State of North Carolina

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.

It's no surprise that the  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.

The State of Things
12:39 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

Not The End, But The Beginning Book Cover
Credit NCCU

Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement

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” (NCCU/2011), explores the history of the high school. 

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Military
4:29 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

How A Confederate Ironclad Warship Landed On The Bottom Of The Neuse River

The Neuse is sunk by her own crew - March 1865
Credit Stephen McCall / CSS Neuse State Historic Site

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.

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Law
1:54 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

NC's First Female Judge Had No Legal Training Whatsoever

NC's first female judge, Mamie Dowd Walker
Credit Milo Pyne

Judge Mamie Dowd Walker was a widow with two children when she was appointed the first female judge in North Carolina in 1934.  It was a first for North Carolina not only because Judge Walker was female, but also because she had no legal training.  But her grandson Milo Pyne says his grandmother "needed the money." 

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Thu February 27, 2014

NC History Exhibit Celebrates The Stories Of Lebanese Americans

Cedars in the Pines is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Credit www.ncdcr.gov / North Carolina Museum of History

 

A panel discussion about the influence of Lebanese immigrants on North Carolina

 Food, music and dancing are just a few of the contributions of Lebanese Americans to North Carolina’s culture. "Cedars in the Pines,” a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History, showcases the influence of Lebanese immigrants on the state.

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