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November, 2011:

Picture of the Week: Football team, North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton, 1900

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Footbabll Team, North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton, 1900

Football season is in full swing and I thought it would be appropriate that this week’s Picture of the Week should be of the North Carolina School for the Deaf at  Morganton’s football team. The photo was taken of the team in 1900 and appears on page 92 of the history, North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton, 1894-1944: The Education of the Deaf in North Carolina, 1845-1945.  This publication discusses the history of educating the hearing and vision imparied population of North Carolina.

You can find this report of the North Carolina School for the Deaf at Morganton in the North Carolina State Government Publications Collections of the North Carolina Digital Collections ( Did you notice the typo in the caption of the photo? Somebody didn’t proofread before going to print! I wonder what the team’s record was like for the season? They don’t look like the typically bulky football player type.

New Additions: North Carolina Longrifles

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

North Carolina Schools of Longrifles, 1765-1865, by William W. Ivey.  The culmination of 40 years of study, this work surveys the uniquely American North Carolina longrifle, also known as the Kentucky rifle, and identifies 9 different groups with similar decorative features and characteristics. With over 1200 photographs, the North Carolina longrifle as an art form and its historical significance is brought to the fore. The book includes a chapter on Confederate arms and accoutrements.

Thanks to generous donations from North Carolina citizens, library materials are 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.

State Doc Pick of the Week: Indian time

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November is Native American Heritage Month and, therefore, it seems only appropriate to highlight Native Americans in North Carolina. According to the 2011 Census data on North Carolina 1.3% of the state’s population identifies themselves as American Indian or Alaskan Native.

To serve the needs of the North Carolina Native American population, the General Assembly created the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs in 1971.   The commission’s “purposes are to assure the right of Indians to pursue cultural, social and religious traditions and to increase economic and educational opportunities” (Summer 2011, p.2). Twice a year the commission publishes the Indian Time as an account of special programs, commission news, and calender of events.

Issues of Indian Time can be read, downloaded, and/or printed at:

Thanksgiving in North Carolina

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"Thanksgiving Day." NC State Archives. Call no. ConDev2344C.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Government & Heritage Library is closed November 24 – 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we would like to share a couple festive items from the NC Digital Collections that might illustrate how our connection with the holiday has changed over time. Thanksgiving was first celebrated in North Carolina on November 15, 1848.

The first is an image from the NC State Archives’ Non-Textual Materials Collection. The date of the image is unknown but it was originally taken by the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. The photo depicts a boy with an ax by a turkey. The title of the image is “Thanksgiving Day.” We don’t see many images like this one promoting Thanksgiving or our state in 2011!

The other is a look at what a student might have learned about Thanksgiving in school in 1907. The November 1907 North Carolina Journal of Education has lesson plans for incorporating Thanksgiving into a study about nature and the seasons. The article lists 14 scripture verses and has a poetry quote for each of the twelve months. It is very different from the lesson plans you might find on Learn NC today and illustrates how cultural norms have changed over the last hundred years. Not only is there an overt religious theme that we would not see in public schools today, but there is no mention of Pilgrims in the 1907 version. At that time, lessons may have focused on the harvest aspect of the holiday. Today we also connect the holiday with Colonial times, colonists, and American Indians.

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