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Quilting in the Old North State: A New North Carolina History in NCpedia

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Quilting in the Old North State: A New North Carolina History in NCpedia

By Kelly Agan, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

This week, as we near the end of Women’s History Month and National Quilt Month, NCpedia published a seven-part history of quilting in North Carolina, with many, many thanks to Diana Bell-Kite, a curator at the North Carolina Museum of History, who took time to research, write, and share this history with us.  This contribution filled an important space in NCpedia’s coverage of the state’s history and it coincided, serendipitously, with the tapestry theme of Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. Whether you’re interested in quilting or you want to learn more about material culture and social history from the 18th to the 21st century, please visit this content.  And we’ve added numerous images of quilts from the Museum’s collections.

Funeral Ribbon Quilt, Lee Co., NC, 1958

Funeral Ribbon Quilt, Lee Co., NC, 1958, from the NC Museum of History

First a little about National Quilt Day and Month. National Quilt Day appears to have grown out of an event called “Quilters’ Day Out”, originated by the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society and celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of March in 1989.  The National Quilting Association held its annual quilt show and conference in Lincoln, Nebraska a few years later in 1991 and decided to build on the enthusiasm and interest created by the Kentucky event, establishing National Quilt Day that year.  Somewhere along the line, National Quilt Month formed as a month-long celebration.  (If you know more about the origin of these events, please let us know!) (more…)

FAQ: What County are the records filed in?

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It can be difficult to understand where records are filed, but sometimes we are looking in the wrong county and trying to determine the correct county can take some research. Below is a an example of questions that Government and Heritage Library sometimes receives. This type of question illustrates people searching in the wrong county due to a lack of understanding about how counties are formed.

“My great great grandfather, John Doe, was born in Avery County in 1852 and lived there his entire life until he died in 1915. Why can’t I find any records for him other than his will?”

Why can’t they find records? Simply put, Avery County did not exist until 1911, only 4 years before John Doe died. The records before 1911 would actually be located in the county where the event(s) occurred. In order to determine which county the records would be filed in, it is necessary to understand how the county is formed: 1. what counties created Avery County? 2. What years were those counties formed?


County of the Week March 22 – 28: Nash County!

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The NC County of the Week for March 22-28, 2015 is Nash County!

Join us this week to explore all things Nash County: history, people, culture, geography, genealogy, and natural heritage!

For more information on this central NC county, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board for Nash County where we’ll showcase a range of historic images and documents available online!


State Doc Pick of the Week : North Carolina Veterans Annual Report

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Ever wondered what North Carolina does for its Veterans?

The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs puts out an annual report publication that highlights what North Carolina has done for its vets that year.

Some of the highlights of these reports include productivity gain, growth in service locations, and payment increases to NC veterans. It is a great publication to learn more about what North Carolina does for its veterans and provides a way for the public to get an idea about what is going on. There are many, many different types of statistical tables and info-graphs that really paint a clear picture of what North Carolina is doing in the area of Veterans Affairs and most people could find it very informative.

You can view, download, print, and save this document and future annual reports here.

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