Harry Williamson wearing University of North Carolina track warm-ups. Writing on the back of the photograph indicates it was taken three weeks before the try-outs for the 1936 Olympic games. Harry Williamson competed in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Photo appears in NCpedia courtesy of the High Point Historical Society, High Point, NC. Used by permission.
The spotlight is on the Olympics in Rio this week. And North Carolina has a long history of sending athletes who have ties to the state in one way or another. This year a few dozen athletes with Tar Heel ties are competing. Check out this recent article from WUNC Radio with links to TeamUSA.org and USAgym.org.
A North Carolinian first competed in the modern Olympics in Berlin, Germany in 1936. That year, Harry Williamson, a former UNC-Chapel Hill track and field athlete (1932-1936), qualified for the 800 meter sprint, placing 3rd in the trials. A native of High Point, Williamson won his heat at the Olympics but ended up placing 6th in the Olympic event, although only seconds behind the winner. In 1999, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
And speaking of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame: the SHOF is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of History and operates its own museum on the 3rd floor of the Museum in downtown Raleigh. The space is a trove of North Carolina sports history, trivia, lore and artifacts. There’s enough there to occupy many visits! And you can visit their website to peruse a long list of inductees.
NCpedia’s most recent addition comes to us thanks to folks at the SHOF who have put together a list of 31 Tar Heels who have made it to the Olympics and into the Sports Hall of Fame. This list includes both athletes and coaches, including the first inductee into the newly organized SHOF in 1963 — track and field athlete from 1960 Olympics, Jim Beatty — along with the three famed Yow sisters. So, race on over to NCpedia to learn more!
— Kelly Agan, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and NC Division of Parks and Recreation published a new guide this year highlighting the trails of North Carolina. The guide is titled The Great Trails State: A Guide for Exploring the Trails of North Carolina.
In the guide, they highlight regional and statewide trails, trails in state parks, North Carolina’s longest trails, the benefits of trails, and highlight the trails in the three distinct North Carolina regions: Mountain, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain.
The trails all have a short description as well as some additional information such as the region, length of the trail, surface type of the trail, the location of the trail, and the activities available at the trail (such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, etc.)
You can view, download, print, and save this guide here.
The Traveling Archivist Program is Now Soliciting Applications
APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2016
Does your institution need help with the preservation of and access to your collections?
If so, the State Archives of North Carolina is now soliciting applications for its Traveling Archivist Program (TAP).
TAP provides hands-on preservation assistance to cultural and heritage institutions that house archives, papers, and records at risk of deterioration, neglect, and damage. Institutions chosen to participate in this program will receive an onsite visit, a collections assessment, recommendations for managing and caring for the collections, training and instructions, and other resources including some basic preservation supplies.
The purpose of TAP is to help improve preservation of and access to collections that document the culture and history of our state. (more…)
Newspapers.com has partnered with UNC Libraries to provide a valuable collection of North Carolina newspapers now available for use at the Government and Heritage Library. This is a subscription site, but you can register for free to clip and save an article or make a comment.