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State Doc Pick of the Week : Living history classroom : an educational service of the Tryon Palace Restoration

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Living History ClassroomLooking for lessons or activities for your students that explore North Carolina history and culture? The Living History Classroom is published twice a year by the Tyron Palace Foundation and is available free of charge to schools and teachers. Issues include articles, short stories, puzzles and activities that utilize observational and critical thinking, research and discussion skills while celebrating the resources of Tryon Palace and its North Carolina History Center as well as New Bern and eastern North Carolina. The spring 2013 issue is all about food- how it’s produced, stored and prepared. It contains articles on learning how food was eaten before forks, spoons and plates; kitchen tools; North Carolina’s early experiences with beekeeping; barbecue facts; and how kitchen recipes evolved through combining America’s native foods with those brought to the states by African slaves and European settlers. Each issue contains a guide to show how each article and activity can align with the current grade-appropriate North Carolina Standard Course of Study. This issue is designed with the 4th-grade classroom in mind.

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State Doc Pick of the Week : North Carolina glass 2012 : in celebration of 50 years of studio glass in America

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In the fall of 1962, Harvey K. Littleton taught the first glassblowing class at the University of Wisconsin, introducing glass into the university system as a medium for contemporary art. Three years later, North Carolina joined the studio glass movement and has been a major player in the development of glass as a creative medium ever since. In the fall of 2012, the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University hosted the exhibit North Carolina Glass 2012 : in celebration of 50 years of studio glass in America, featuring glass sculptures from 23 North Carolina artists. North Carolina Glass 2012 showcased traditional glass blowing as well as experimental forms and techniques created by several generations of North Carolina glass artists. This document presents the different works of art and includes a short segment about each artist.

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State Doc Pick of the Week: Hand crafts in North Carolina

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In today’s world where technology thrives and people are continuously after the new-and-improved, a recent interest has sparked in handmade products and DIY projects thanks to websites such as Etsy and Pinterest. Not only can crafting an item save or make money, but creating something useful and artistic causes a rise in self-esteem. And you don’t have to go to Grandma anymore if you want to learn how to knit your own scarf; you can simply log on to Youtube and find over 55,000 videos on learning how to knit. In a sense, the manmade has given rise to the handmade. This state document, likely from the 1950s, shows the important part handicraft played in the early development of North Carolina and gives thanks to the men and women who kept arts and crafts alive when Grandma was the only source of instruction. It contains photographs of crafters and describes North Carolina hand crafts from the mountain, coastal and Piedmont regions. So, if you’re looking to take up a new hobby this year, create something with your hands and become a part of the rich culture of North Carolina.

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GHL Family History Fair: Vendors in Depth – Family and Local History Organizations and Businesses

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2nd Saturdays! Government and Heritage Library Family History Fair - August 11th!In a series of posts leading up to August 11th our intern, Carla Sarratt will be highlighting the various vendors and activities that will be part of the Government and Heritage Library’s Family History Fair (a 2nd Saturdays program).

A Look at the Family History Fair’s Family and Local History Organizations and Businesses   

Based in Raleigh, Interwoven Heritage Services offers a variety of services trained to meet your family history needs.  From conducting and transcribing oral history interviews to digitizing and preserving photos, Interwoven is there to meet the historical needs of families, businesses, and organizations.

 As of 7/27/12 – The Old North State Detectorists Club is no longer able to make it. 

The Old North State Detectorists Club is a group of ethical metal detecting hobbyists who help you locate lost items or artifacts on your property at no cost.  If you are interested in learning more about metal detecting or joining their club, stop by their exhibit at the fair or watch their YouTube channel for more information.


Have you ever wondered what to do with old family photos besides display them in picture frames throughout your home?  Lisa of Esther’s Place Heritage Gifts has the remedy for you.  She is able to take digital versions of your photos and turn them into jewelry, coasters, and ornaments.



Established to preserve the cultural and architectural history of Jamestown, the Historic Jamestown Society holds membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation.   They also offer tours of the Mendenhall Plantation which includes the main house, school house, medical school, and barn.



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