Did you know that the person responsible for bringing finger painting to the United States was from Duplin County, North Carolina? She is also responsible for devising a paint specifically to be used for finger painting. Her name was Ruth Faison Shaw.
Read more about Ruth Faison Shaw in the NCpedia.org article reprinted from the University of North Carolina Press’s Dictionary of North Carolina Biography at http://www.ncpedia.org/biography/shaw-ruth-faison.
Her book, Finger Painting, a perfect medium for self expression, is available for checkout at the Government & Heritage Library: http://catalog.ncdcr.gov/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=22556. If you are not a state employee, you may see if your local public library owns a copy, or request it from us through your public library through interlibrary loan.
Looking for more information? Her papers may be found at the UNC Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library.
Image credit: Gilson, Aaron. 2011. “Finger Painting.” Online at Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aarongilson/5419296359.
Join us for free quarterly genealogy programs presented by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina.
July 27, 2013, 10-11a.m.: What Happens to Your Stuff When You Die? Researching Probate Records
Learn how to research probate records for North Carolina as well as other states including Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
Program will be held in the auditorium of the Department of Cultural Resources Building, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.
To register or for more information please call (919)807-7450
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*Please dress in layers as sometimes the temperature in the building is very cold!
New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 21: Art & Architecture, Judith Bonner, Estill Pennington, and Charles Wilson ( Ed.s).
From the colonial era to the 21st century, this comprehensive volume examines the development of Southern art and its contribution to America’s cultural heritage, offering a full review of both historic and current trends in the visual arts and architecture that are unique to the region.
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 22: Science & Medicine, James Thomas & Charles Wilson (Ed.s).
With 38 essays, a comprehensive overview, and 44 topical entries, this book describes the critical impact of science and medicine on southern history and culture. Essays explore the South’s natural history, medicine in the Civil War, slave health, public health, eugenics, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, and the rise of research institutions and hospitals.
Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.
Having relatives, and even distant relatives, who have done extensive research on your family is definitely wonderful to have. Many families often have 1 person or a group of people that have written about the family at some point in the past and that information may have passed down through the generations and landed in your lap. I’ve had distant relatives on both sides of the families that have written up family histories. It’s a great find. But at the same time it should not signify an end of the road in researching that family and there are a few reasons for that.
In 1 branch of my family, a distant relative hired a professional researcher way before I was even born. The hired researcher found a lot of great information, especially considering the internet did not exist at the time (1950′s). When I finally connected with my distant relatives here in NC, I was so excited to receive a copy of the manuscript written around 50 years ago. I used that information as a guide to gather all the documents I needed when I hit a brick wall. Turns out, there is a good possibility that my earliest American ancestor from the line may not have married the person that everyone said he married. Now, it is so ingrained with this branch of the family that they were married because no one had researched it for themselves. Today – they all take what was written as fact. It is important to keep in mind that written family histories, whether published or not, are not primary records.
Perhaps the most important reason to research for yourself is just the thrill of it. If you’ve been bitten by the genealogy bug, there is a great satisfaction of finding records for yourself. Even if your relatives have cited down to the archival call number, there is a feeling of joy and excitement at seeing documents written during your ancestors lives, maybe even seeing their signatures.
All of that said, the Government & Heritage Library has many family history books in our genealogy collection. Come take a look at what we have!