Two new lesson plans on LEARN NC feature materials digitized and published by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center:
- “Life On a North Carolina Military Base in Wartime,” a lesson plan for Grade 8 English Language Arts and Social Studies students, explores the daily lives of soldiers and civilians at the Basic Training Camp in Greensboro during World War II using the digitized copies of the base newspaper, which are held by the Greensboro Historical Museum.*
- “This Day in Headlines,” also for 8th graders, introduces students to primary source research by looking at the @ncnewspapers Twitter feed, which features a different historic headline from the North Carolina Newspapers collection every day.
LEARN NC, based at the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a terrific resource for K-12 teachers and students, providing a wealth of free, online lesson plans, learning materials, and other resources. Look for more lesson plans (and podcasts!) from LEARN NC featuring NC Digital Heritage Center materials coming this summer and fall.
*[Update, January 2015. This newspaper can be viewed online in the Greensboro Historical Newspapers collection, hosted by UNC-Greensboro.]
We’ve added twenty-one volumes to the collection of students’ examination books from Old Salem Museum & Gardens, bringing the total number to thirty-one. The examination books, which date from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, are full of handwriting samples, drawings, math problems, and compositions, both in English and in German, by Moravian students from Nazareth, Pa.
Fifty-nine yearbooks from Pfeiffer University are now available on DigitalNC. The school, which is located in Misenheimer, N.C., opened a satellite in Charlotte in 1977.
As we chip away at newspaper digitization with the North Carolina Newspapers digital project, we often marvel at the amount of work left to be done. We’ve made great progress so far — digitizing well over 60,000 pages in the past year and a half — but there are many millions more to go. However, we sometimes come across especially rare titles that remind us that we should be grateful for those papers that we do have: there are many historic papers from North Carolina that simply have not survived.
We recently worked on some rare, early papers from Nash County from the collections of the Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.) and the North Carolina Collection
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For each of these titles, the issues available online now represent the only known copies of these papers. This was a period when newspapers came and went with great frequency, but it’s clear that there were definitely more than one or two issues printed for each of these titles. For example, the issue of The Rattler we put online is labeled as Volume 1, Number 40, meaning that at least 39 issues of this important Populist Party paper are either hidden away in private collections or lost to history.
Student yearbooks from Western Piedmont Community College are now available in the North Carolina Yearbooks collection on DigitalNC. There are 16 volumes online, spanning the years 1968 through 1983. The yearbooks were digitized by the Library at WPCC.
With our hot summer weather just around the corner, I hope you’ve planned ahead, as the folks behind this sign suggested:
The photo, depicting a table at an Episcopal Church Bazaar in Rocky Mount in 1950, is from the collection of photographer Albert Rabil, and is held by the Braswell Memorial Library (Rocky Mount, N.C.).