Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies

Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies promotes the local history work of member organizations across the state. Since 1976, the organization has been a partnership between the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and members.

The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies is a statewide coalition of societies, associations, and commissions that are dedicated to preserving and promoting history. An advisory board made up of members oversees the work of the Federation. Membership dues are only $25 per year per organization. The Federation encourages any group in North Carolina concerned with history, whether on a local, regional, or state level, to join. Organizations are billed in January but can join at any time. The Federation co-sponsors National History Day in North Carolina with the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources and the North Caroliniana Society.

planting time for a special sweet potato variety!
06/11/2020
The Hayman Sweet Potato | Outer Banks Conservationists

planting time for a special sweet potato variety!

From One Island to the Next: The Hayman Sweet Potato’s First Stop on the Outer Banks By Ladd Bayliss You may have never heard of the Hayman sweet potato. But once you taste one, you’ll remember it always. This certain white fleshed tuber holds great significance on the Outer Banks: it’s the fi...

06/05/2020
Southport-NC Historical Society

Great member program for celebrating the suffrage centennial! #SheChangedtheWorld #NCHerstory

Note: We respond to every photo we get - so if you didn't get a response please contact us - you photo might not have come through!!!!!

Show your support for 100 Years of Women's Right to vote! Send us a picture of yourself dressed as a suffragist! Send a picture of the first women in your family who were able to vote! Men can participate too - a yellow flower in your lapel means you support women voting!! send pics to [email protected] by 6/20/2020!!

Scary news for one of our members! We have 2 days to contact High Point city council members to urge reconsideration!
06/02/2020

Scary news for one of our members! We have 2 days to contact High Point city council members to urge reconsideration!

Another intriguing artifact from one of our members!
05/21/2020

Another intriguing artifact from one of our members!

Dorothea Dix was a Civil War nurse and worked to help improve conditions for people suffering from mental health conditions across America. This eye-catching nursing school ring is from the class of 1942 at the Dorothea Dix School of Nursing, Raleigh, NC. Opened in 1902, this nursing school continued until 1949 when it closed due to a decrease of nursing students after WWII. Coursework in psychiatric nursing continued until 1951 for advance nursing students. The Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh operated as a psychiatric facility until the early 2000s and the Dix campus is now a beautiful park, complementing the center’s original healing mission.

Let's help a member win a branding package!
05/20/2020

Let's help a member win a branding package!

Daily reminder to take 15 seconds (or less!) to help us win a rebranding package worth 10K by clicking the link below. Share this post and vote daily through May 29th!

http://www.kudzubrands.com/brand-new-start-giveaway-voting/

#getoutthevote #rebranding #giveaway #wnchistory #exploreasheville

Nice exhibit-on-a-budget technique from one of our members!
05/19/2020

Nice exhibit-on-a-budget technique from one of our members!

At the museum we have been doing some exhibit prep work for when things "open up" again. This is an enlarged print (courtesy of Staples) of a John Elder painting showing the first European exploration of the North Carolina Coastline in 1583-4. Local Michael Cross suggests that this is along the East/West shoreline as the vessels appear to be in calm water - which would not exist in the North/South gulf stream. The 1960s vintage baroque styled frame was given to the historical society by The Hem of His Garment in Swansboro....our thanks for all who made this happen.

Lots of impressive projects this year!
05/08/2020

Lots of impressive projects this year!

One perk of having a virtual contest is that you can check out the amazing work of our participants from the comfort of your couch! We are proud to present the 2020 Virtual Showcase for N.C. History Day State Contest: https://sites.google.com/view/nchistoryday-virtual-showcase!

Happy Earth Day! Hope you can all get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and the layers of history and nature in our state.
04/22/2020
Rich in the Rare

Happy Earth Day! Hope you can all get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and the layers of history and nature in our state.

Walkertown Gothic!
04/16/2020

Walkertown Gothic!

While a Chicago museum may boast of its famous painting, American Gothic, Walkertown has it’s own American Gothic in this photo of Emmanuel Linville and his wife posing in their yard for a photographer to immortalize their image in this picture donated by Jerry Tailor to the archives of the Walkertown Area Historical Society.

This is a really useful resource for cultural institutions with lots of information related to COVID-19, including fundr...
04/07/2020
COVID-19 Resources for Cultural Institutions | Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

This is a really useful resource for cultural institutions with lots of information related to COVID-19, including fundraising, advocacy, collections care, etc. Be aware that there is much conflicting information from various sources about how long the virus remains viable on surfaces and whether there is a need for extra precautionary steps with collections. https://ccaha.org/covid-19-resources-cultural-institutions

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, a growing number of organizations in the fields served by CCAHA have begun developing new programs and sharing resources to help their constituents. CCAHA and our partners at DHPSNY have worked together to compile these COVID-19 resources in a single...

03/24/2020
Western Regional Archives

Great local (and virus) history from the Western Regional Archives!

A little history of our historic location- and something to think about during this health crisis... Thanks to Rod Doty and the Asheville VA Medical Center for helping us put this together!

03/18/2020
blog.joangarry.com

This guide has good points to consider when planning virtual meetings.https://blog.joangarry.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/JG_Blog_Virtual.pdf

More materials up on DigitalNC from one of our members, Greensboro History Museum! https://www.digitalnc.org/blog/more-i...
03/17/2020
More additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection Now Online at DigitalNC

More materials up on DigitalNC from one of our members, Greensboro History Museum! https://www.digitalnc.org/blog/more-issues-of-the-greensboro-student-newspaper-added-to-digitalnc/

More additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection, provided by our partner, the Durham County Library, are now online at DigitalNC. This collection of funeral programs and obituaries of African American residents of Durham …

03/16/2020
A History of Wendell

Great way to package local history for audiences far, wide, and stuck at home nearby!

A picture history of Wendell

Gathering for a workshop at the Johnston County Heritage Center.
02/20/2020

Gathering for a workshop at the Johnston County Heritage Center.

Glad one of our members is teaching others these important restoration skills!
02/20/2020

Glad one of our members is teaching others these important restoration skills!

Have you ever noticed that many of the doors at the Capitol have a special decorative finish? The graining effect is painted on, rather than being the natural quality of the wood. Time and use cause chipping to the finish, which ruins the illusion. Luckily, skilled artisans from @JohnCanningCo are here to fix them and bring the doors back to their 1840 appearance as part of our restoration project. Swipe to see our progress!

#historicpreservation #statecapitol #thisplacematters #1840

Grassroots effort to preserve the Sedgefield Showgrounds near Greensboro. Rezoning is threatening this near-century-old ...
02/18/2020
Please Save and Preserve the Sedgefield Showgrounds

Grassroots effort to preserve the Sedgefield Showgrounds near Greensboro. Rezoning is threatening this near-century-old equestrian venue. The showgrounds will hold its 85th annual horse show this year.

http://bit.ly/ShowgroundsPetition

As members of the Equestrian Community that Sedgefield Showgrounds has served for many generations, we are STRONGLY OPPOSED to any rezoning that would result in the loss of use of this community facility located at 3701 Groometown Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407; Case# Z-20-02-005.

Valentine's greetings from one of our members.
02/14/2020

Valentine's greetings from one of our members.

Happy Valentine's Day! These vintage cards are just a few of the many treasures you might find at the Sampson County History Museum

02/13/2020
Erwin Historical Society

Consider supporting this N.C. history initiative in the State Senate.

A special message from the Erwin Historical Society’s President, LTC (Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT FOR A STATEWIDE, STATE-FUNDED NAVAL STORES EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

North Carolina Senator Jim Burgin is sponsoring an initiative to secure State funding for a special educational program. He plans to seek State funding to make it possible for the people of North Carolina, especially our school children, to learn about the naval stores industry and its vital role in our State’s economy from the very early 1700s until the early 1920s. It was a major agricultural industry that provided jobs for African Americans, Native Americans, and Whites who worked the long leaf pines for the sap necessary to produce tar, pitch, turpentine, and rosin for export. The industry supported other endeavors such as barrel making, ship building, and the shipping industry and gave rise to our proud nickname, “Tar Heels.” Naval stores were essential to the operation of ships throughout the age of sail until steel replaced wood as the primary construction material. The British Empire depended on our naval stores, and it is not an exaggeration to say “Britannia Rules the Waves” would not have been possible without the tar and pitch produced in North Carolina.
If you agree the story of this fascinating and important industry should be shared with the descendants of the hard-working people of all races who made North Carolina the leading naval stores producing area in the nation for two hundred years, please consider drafting a short letter or even a simple two or three sentence statement of support for the use of tax dollars to fund this unique educational experience. This industry and the legacy of our hard-working ancestors who produced the naval stores are too valuable to be consigned to the dusty recesses of history.
Please send your letters and messages of support for State funding of this unique educational experience addressed to “To Whom It May Concern” to Mr. Bryan Avery at 3191 Harnett Central Road, Angier, NC 27501. Mr. Avery will hand-deliver them to Senator Bergin for presentation to the North Carolina General Assembly.
Time is critical, so we must act fast. The letters need to be in Senator Bergin's hands no later than the middle of March. Will you help?
Thanking you in advance for your support, I am,
Sincerely,

LTC (Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III
President
Erwin Historical Society, Inc.

Great collaboration between two member orgs for Black History Month program!
02/13/2020

Great collaboration between two member orgs for Black History Month program!

We spent a wonderful afternoon with the New Bern Historical Society sharing some history about the underground railroad in Washington's sister city New Bern. The Neuse River in New Bern was designated as an National Park Service-Underground Railroad-Network To Freedom site in 2008. We had so many great stories to share. One of my favorite stories I did not get to share was about an enslaved woman living on a plantation in Bath name Fan who was owned by Alderson Ellison and ran away while very pregnant. She gave birth while on the underground railroad to New Bern. Legend has it she named the child 'Gaol' which is the old British term for jail. Gaol is Latin for cage and from we derive the word jail. She supposedly named the child Gaol because the said the child's name would be the closest it ever got to (jail) because she determined her child would be free. Freedom seekers were often kept in jail until their owners could come get them. We have no records that Fan was ever caught.

Upcoming member event in the Triangle next month!
01/28/2020

Upcoming member event in the Triangle next month!

PRESERVATION SPEAKER SERIES: "EDUCATING CARY" - HISTORY OF CARY HIGH SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
7:30 PM - ~8:30 PM
Free Admission

Did you know that classes at Cary High School began before the Town of Cary was incorporated on April 3,1871?

Come join us to learn about some of the highlights of Cary High School's 150-year-old history as a private and a public school based on recently digitized documents found in the Cary High School archives. We will share photographs and documents from the collection to celebrate this milestone in Cary's history.

The Preservation Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop, Cary NC 27513
919-460-4963

This member event sounds like a pop-up museum!
01/16/2020

This member event sounds like a pop-up museum!

Pitt County Historical Society
14th Annual Antique Show & Tell

New exhibit in Greenville from member Country Dr. Museum!
01/09/2020

New exhibit in Greenville from member Country Dr. Museum!

"Care and Comfort in The Sick Room": A NEW exhibit in Greenville, NC featuring 9 cases of artifacts from the museum collection, as well as Brenda Rewalt's invalid feeder and baby item collection on loan was installed in December. This unique exhibit details the Victorian time of caring for the sick at home, women's commonly used remedies and everyday items, as well as items for babies and children. The exhibit is located in the hallway between the Vidant Medical Center and Brody School of Medicine and will be in place until the end of 2020.

Congrats to member Chatham County Historical Association for more materials on Digital NC!www.digitalnc.org/blog/new-cha...
01/07/2020
New Chatham County Photographs and the Story of Navigation on the Cape Fear and Deep Rivers

Congrats to member Chatham County Historical Association for more materials on Digital NC!
www.digitalnc.org/blog/new-chatham-county-photographs-and-the-story-of-navigation-on-the-cape-fear-and-deep-rivers/

Thanks to our partners at the Chatham County Historical Association, DigitalNC now hosts nearly 100 new photos of Chatham County, as well as a profile of the Cape Fear and Deep River Slack Water Navigation …

12/19/2019

Happy Holidays 2019 from Federation members statewide!

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109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC
27601

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The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies is a statewide nonprofit coalition of societies, associations, and commissions that are dedicated to preserving and promoting history. An advisory board made up of members oversees the work of the Federation. Our mission is to inspire local history organizations through collaborative learning projects and to promote history education statewide. Membership dues are only $25 per year per organization. The Federation encourages any group in North Carolina concerned with history, whether on a local, regional, or state level, to join. Visit fnchs.org to learn more or to become a member. The Federation co-sponsors National History Day in North Carolina with the NC Dept. of Cultural Resources and the North Caroliniana Society.


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NC museums are asking the public to share photos of their experiences at these sites on twitter, using the #ncmuseumsunlocked hashtag. If you have any photos of visits to Cape Fear Museum, please post them on Monday and tag the museum. Thanks!
Please help us preserve a historical facility that is almost 100 years old and still in use today. They are trying to rezone this area and demolish the stables and showgrounds. The showgrounds will hold their 85th Annual Horse Show this year.
Was driving by the old Lutheran church near one of the county dump facility's just down from SIlver Valley Elementary School on old Hwy. #64, near the red light at 109/old 64 and noticed a for sale sign at the church!!! This really made me sad, is there anything you all can do? Davidson County is the location.
Sherman's March in Anson, Union and Chesterfield Counties, Part 2 is available for purchase at Lacy's Gift Shop, 121 South Greene Street in Wadesboro. Phone # is 704 694 4646. Pick up is $20 each or if mailing then provide a little extra for postage. Not accepting payment by credit card this time. Credit card fees are too costly. Accepting payment by either cash, money order or personal check. Is also available at the Chesterfield County SC Visitors Center in the Old Chesterfield Court House located at 100 Main Street. Phone # is 843 623 9673 – Pick up is $20 each or if mailing then provide a little extra for postage.
The North Carolina Museum's Council is currently accepting awards nominations if you've got a program, exhibit or person you want to recognize.
The Governor of our great State has proposed to move the up front statues at the State Capital Building and have an "on line debate" to avoid the chance of the violence in Charlottesville, Va. What he proposes is to spout another lie that the historical society is in full agreement with his agenda. Hi is, and always has been a liar, especially when he wants to shape public opinion to the Jim Hunt Political Machine's way of seeing things. Racists, college kids from out of state, anti-fa (which stands for anti first amendment, not anti fascist) want the monuments to our forebearers valor taken out of the public eye. What would they replace them? Maybe a statue to Lenin, like Seattle bought in Russia and put in a city park? The time has come to stand up for our states values and tell this mealy mouthed politician to find another soap box? George Dixon [email protected]