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This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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New Scrapbooks Featuring Local Baseball Player Bobby Wilson

The Wayne County Public Library has provided three more scrapbooks for digitization. These scrapbooks feature local baseball player Bobby Wilson throughout his time playing for the Baltimore Orioles (1948), Toronto Maple Leafs (1953-1954), and Indianapolis Indians (1952). Mr. Wilson was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, but he played baseball all over the country during his career.

Baseball player jumping and catching a ball between his legs

“Bobbing Bobby” Wilson

Baserunner sliding into home plate while the umpire looks on

A hit by Bobby Wilson drives a run in

Wayne County Public Library has provided a number of scrapbooks about Bobby Wilson in the past, as well as other baseball players and teams. For more information about Mr. Wilson and his career, see these previous blog posts, and for more information and to view the other materials from Wayne County Public Library, visit their contributor page.


More Photos From the Benson Museum of Local History!

The Benson Museum of Local History has once again provided us with a new batch of unique and entertaining photographs from their collection! For those familiar with this collection, some old family names (Barefoot, Creech, Godwin, Medlin and more) are back, as well as some new looks into the lives of the residents of the town of Benson. In particular, this batch of photos contains a number of images related to the Benson Kiwanis Club.

Boy holding frog

Kenneth Harold Medlin, Kiwanis Frog Jumping Contest Winner

Man holding syrup bottle

G.D. Knox at Kiwanis Pancake Supper

 

 

 

Other photographs show the town’s citizens from the early 1900s up to the 1970s. Many are simple portraits or group photographs, but every once in a while a mischievous face or school-boy prank catches the eye.

Victorian family of two adults and eight children

Jimmy Creech Family

A group of boys watches as two boys lift a third into the air over their heads

Benson school students

To see what else the Benson Museum of Local History has offered for digitization, see their contributor page on DigitalNC and these previous blog posts.


New Materials from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, Including Book of Marks of Prominent Carolinians

The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina have provided additional materials for publication on DigitalNC’s website. Included in this batch is a number of minute books, photographs, various petitions from early lodges in North Carolina, and the first three issues of the Trestleboard, which was a newsletter that circulated among the members of three lodges in North Carolina (Hiram Lodge No. 40, William G. Hill Lodge No. 218, and Raleigh Lodge No. 500). Also in this batch are two scrapbooks from past grand masters of the Grand Lodge, Charles A. Harris and Ava Clarence Honeycutt.

Groundbreaking ceremony in Oxford

Grand Master Harris at a groundbreaking ceremony in Oxford

Then and Now: Grainger and Honeycutt

Newspaper clipping feature past grand masters Henry Grainger and Jack Honeycutt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another fascinating piece of Freemason history that was digitized in this batch is the Book of Marks from Raleigh Chapter No. 10 of Royal Arch Masons. This book catalogs the marks that each Royal Arch Mason chose to represent himself. Entries are listed between the years 1863 and 1914. This tradition of choosing a personalized mark comes from the practice of medieval freemasons, who would inscribe a mark on a stone in their building sites as a way to claim their work. A number of prominent citizens of North Carolina are found in this book, including Alexander Boyd Andrews Jr., a prominent lawyer and UNC alumnus, amateur historian, and active member of the Masons who went on to become Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina; John Nichols, a Raleigh printer and abolitionist who went on to become a member of the United States Congress and active member of the Knights of Labor; and Marshall de Lancey Haywood,  who served as the librarian for the North Carolina Supreme Court and the historian for the Grand Lodge.

Mark of John Nichols

Mark of John Nichols

Mark of John Whitelaw

Mark of John Whitelaw

Mark of J.H. Mullins

Mark of J.H. Mullins

Mark of A. Rosengarten

Mark of A. Rosengarten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To browse the full collection of materials from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, visit their contributor page, and for more information on some of these materials, see these previous blog posts.


Additional Photographs from the M.S. Brown Collection Added to DigitalNC

DigitalNC has added more photographs to the M.S. Brown Collection, provided  by the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. Milton Steele Brown, perhaps best known for opening a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tarboro, was also an amateur photographer. This latest batch of photographs is the last of the collection that is housed by the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. Mr. Brown photographed a large variety of events and subjects, providing a glimpse into the lives of Tarboro and Edgecombe County citizens.

High School Dance

High School Dance

Tarboro High School Majorettes

Tarboro High School Majorettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Daughters of the Confederacy Arch at Old Town Cemetery

United Daughters of the Confederacy Arch at Old Town Cemetery

Tarboro Open Air Market

Tarboro Open Air Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More photographs of some of Mr. Brown’s more common subjects are included in this batch, including the Tarboro High School Band and Majorettes, many events where Coca-Cola was served or promoted, homes and businesses around the county, and much more.

Man standing by an iced cart of Coca-Cola

Man standing by an iced cart of Coca-Cola

Girls at pool sitting on the Coca-Cola truck

Girls at pool sitting on the Coca-Cola truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about what is included in the M.S. Brown Collection, visit the exhibit page or see these previous blog posts.


More Photographs of Local Citizens from the Benson Museum of Local History

A number of new photographs from the Benson Museum of Local History have been uploaded to DigitalNC. These photos feature some of the prominent citizens of Benson, North Carolina, as well as everyday activities and life. Viewers who have been keeping up with the photographs provided by the Benson Museum of Local History will find some familiar surnames, such as McLamb, Parrish, Woodall, and Whittington, as well as some new faces.

Sutton and Phoebe Lee Holmes

Sutton and Phoebe Lee Holmes

This batch of photos also contains a few individuals who might be called local heroes. One man, Stephen O’Neal, was a wealthy businessman and donated land for Benson’s First Baptist Church. Another is an obituary for Bruce McLamb, who died in action in France during World War II.

Stephen O'Neal

Stephen O’Neal

Bruce McLamb, Killed in France

Bruce McLamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also included in this batch is a number of drawings from a book published by the Eastern Carolina Chamber of Commerce. These drawings feature Benson men who were members of the Chamber and prominent in the financial and political life of town. In addition to the drawings of the men themselves, there are cartoons depicting some of their activities and business ventures as well as a short biography.

Preston Woodall

Preston Woodall

John W. Parrish

John W. Parrish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos provided by the Benson Museum of Local History can be viewed here. For more information about older batches, see our previous blog posts from June and September, and for more information about the museum itself and their collections, visit their contributor page or their website.


Mill Newspapers and Additional Woman’s Club Scrapbooks from High Point Now Online

A new batch of scrapbooks from the Woman’s Club of High Point and newspapers from local companies have been uploaded to DigitalNC. The scrapbooks came to us from the High Point Museum, and they show the various activities and community services that the women in the club undertook. This batch includes scrapbooks from 1971 through 1993.

High Point Woman's Club Fundraiser

High Point Woman’s Club Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the scrapbooks in this batch feature the Club’s fundraiser in partnership with the Southern Furniture Market Center. This fundraiser allowed the club’s members to hold many of their other activities and events throughout the year. Much of what the women did was for charity or volunteer work, but occasionally they would require administrative funds for the club. For example, in 1984, the clubhouse underwent renovations which were well-documented in that year’s scrapbook.

Renovation of the High Point Woman's Clubhouse

Renovation of the High Point Woman’s Clubhouse

Over the course of the years that these scrapbooks cover, the Woman’s Club of High Point had some events and charities in which they participated fairly regularly. One such event was the Arts Festival and Sewing Contest. This is just one example of the Club’s dedication to education and helping youth. Other charities that the Woman’s club supported include the Kidney Foundation, Mobile Meals, the High Point Women’s Shelter, and the Girls’ Haven of North Carolina.

For more information about the High Point Woman’s Club and their scrapbooks, see this previous blog post. To learn about women’s clubs and how they are still functioning today, visit the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs website.

In addition to the scrapbooks, the High Point Museum has shared company newspapers from several local businesses on DigitalNC. As with many other company newsletters and newspapers, these contain a mix of company events and milestones as well as employee personal news and accomplishments.

  • 8 Additional issues of Sew It Seams [1948-1963], published by the High Point Overall Company, part of the Anvil Corporation.
  • W. & J. Rives, Inc. Employee Newsletter [1979-1990]

You can view all of the materials contributed by the High Point Museum on DigitalNC.


Now Online: New Yearbooks and Directories from the Stanly County Museum!

The Stanly County Museum has provided a number of additional high school yearbooks and directories for the city of Albemarle to be added to DigitalNC. The yearbooks come from Albemarle High School, Norwood High School (now South Stanly High), New London High School (now North Stanly High), Endy High School, West Stanly High School, and Stanfield High School.

Sports page from the 1960 Cross Roads yearbook, "Then and Now"

Sports page from the 1960 Cross Roads yearbook, “Then and Now”

Future Homemakers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

Future Homemakers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future Farmers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

Future Farmers of America, West Stanly High School 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These yearbooks provide an intriguing look into the lives of students. They showcase the fashions, clubs and activities of North Carolina students, some that will be familiar to students today and some that have been abandoned over time (Did you class have child mascots? How about a superlative for Best Looking?).

For more information about the Stanly County  Museum and their materials, visit their contributor page on DigitalNC or their home website.


New Materials from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina

A new batch of materials has been uploaded to DigitalNC from The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina. These new materials are all proceedings from the meetings of various groups associated with the Freemasons. Most of the proceedings from this batch are from the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M., but there are also documents from the Convention of Royal Arch Masons, the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of North Carolina, the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of North Carolina, and the M.E. Grand Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina.

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina [1891]

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina [1891]

Secrets of Leaksville Lodge #136

Secrets of Leaksville Lodge #136

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These proceedings are just a few of the many items that the Grand Lodge of North Carolina has provided for digitization. For more information about their other materials on DigitalNC, visit their contributor page or see these previous blog posts. For more information about the Grand Lodge of North Carolina itself and their activities, see their website.


New Photos from the Benson Museum of Local History

A new batch of photographs from the Benson Museum of Local History has been uploaded to DigitalNC. Many of these enlarged photographs feature prominent members of the Benson community throughout the years. Whether formal or informal, these portraits let viewers see the faces of the individuals who played important roles in the town, and some show quite a bit of their personalities as well!

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Woodall

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Woodall

Reverend and Mrs. Noah McLamb

Reverend and Mrs. Noah McLamb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another theme in this batch of photos is the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad that ran through Benson, and was later known as the Seaboard Coast Line. The photographs range in time from the early days of the railroad in the early 1900s up through more modern times with portraits of workers.

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Water Tank

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Water Tank

Telegram Operator, W. Ralph Barbour Jr.

Telegram Operator, W. Ralph Barbour Jr.

Smith, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Worker

Smith, Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Worker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see other photographs the Benson Local History Museum has shared on DigitalNC, check out their contributor page on our website, or this previous blog post. For more information about the Benson Local History Museum and their collection, visit their website.


New Materials in the Chatham County Funeral Programs Exhibit

A large number of funeral programs from the Chatham County Historical Association have been added to the Chatham County Funeral Programs digital exhibit. The programs are primarily from African American families who lived in or had strong ties to Chatham County.

Memorial Services for James Odell Alston

Memorial Services for James Odell Alston

The Homegoing Celebration in Loving Memory of Mother Ollie C. Burnette

The Homegoing Celebration in Loving Memory of Mother Ollie C. Burnette

In Memorium Larry Edward Scurlock

In Memorium Larry Edward Scurlock

 

The programs added recently include several from the Alston, Burnette, Scurlock, and Baldwin families.