The Government and Heritage Library has just received a number of wonderful gift books. One is the November 2009 issue of the “Swiss American Historical Society Review.” Dedicated to the Tercentenary of New Bern, North Carolina, the entire issue contains articles about the founding of New Bern, its early history and descendents of early settlers. Lists of the Bernese and Swiss emigrants who came to New Bern in 1710 are included along with the content of letters written by early Swiss settlers.
“When the Parkway Came” by Anne and David Whisnant, contains personal recollections of events and experiences during construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. Photographs in the book come from a variety of sources including the special collections of UNC Asheville and UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the North Carolina State Archives, North Carolina Office of Historic Preservation, Blue Ridge Parkway Archives and the personal collection of the Blue Ridge Parkway photographer.