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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 Partner: American Society of Furniture Designers

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O.B. Solie Cartoons, page 9

DigitalNC is happy to welcome our new partner, the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) and the first batch of items from their collection.

ASFD was founded in 1981 as an international, non-profit professional organization. It is dedicated to supporting professional furniture design and and its positive impact on the market. The society took root in High Point, NC, with the first meeting held at the Bienenstock Furniture Library.

One feature, in the scrapbooks and images, is the work of O.B. Solie. Solie was a furniture designer who created unique sketches depicting new concepts for pieces. He intended his designs to inspire the field to be more creative and embrace current events into their everyday work. From wildlife to the space program, Solie incorporated popular news and media concepts into sofas, beds, and even bathtubs. The “Sportsofa,” pictured above, reflects the popularity of Japanese vehicles during the 1980s. You can also see some of the realized versions of these cartoons in the article “Interiors With O.B. Solie.”

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O.B. Solie Cartoons, page 4

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O.B. Solie Cartoons, page 4








In addition, this batch contains a wide variety of unique material including photos, newsletters, conference proceedings, images, press information, and memorabilia. See the links below for a few feature items from these formats:

Scrapbooks containing articles, bulletins, and photographs:

Newsletters (see all newsletters and dates at this link):

Other unique memorabilia:

To learn more about ASFD, please visit the website. To view all of the new items now available on DigitalNC, please visit the contributor page.



More photographs added from Benson Museum of Local History

Easter Egg Hunt circa 1950.

Easter Egg Hunt, circa 1950.

More photographs from the Benson Museum of Local History have been added to DigitalNC. These 168 photographs join 339 previously uploaded images. They depict daily life in Benson, North Carolina, and many of the same families and places from previous uploads appear again. You can see a variety of people and places, including citizens of Benson, local businesses, homes, parades, performing arts, sports, students, churches, and drawings. Most of the photographs are from the twentieth century.

You can see more from the Benson Museum of Local History on their contributor page and learn more about them on their website. You can also view more blog posts about the Benson Museum of Local History.


First Mule Day Parade, circa 1950.

We’re Looking for AV Materials to Digitize

Charlie Barnet and his Gospel Stars, Shared by UNC-Charlotte's Atkins Library.

Charlie Barnet and his Gospel Stars, Shared by UNC-Charlotte’s Atkins Library.

Does your organization have audiovisual materials you’d like to digitize and share online? The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center is looking for nominations of film, video, and audio materials to digitize and add to’s Sights and Sounds collection.

If you’re part of a cultural heritage organization and have audiovisual materials you’d like digitized, let us know. The Center will evaluate all of the nominations (see evaluation criteria below) in an effort to select a variety of content in different formats and which represents the cultural and geographic diversity of North Carolina.

Nominating items is easy! Email us at with a description of the items you have. Please include the following:

  • number of items
  • types of formats represented
  • what the items contain, to the best of your knowledge

Deadline for nominations is April 14, 2016. We’re  happy to answer questions if you’d like more information, by emailing us at the address above or calling (919) 962-4836.

Selection Criteria for Audiovisual Digitization

  • Is the film, video, or tape believed to be unique to your collection, or are there copies at other institutions?
  • Do you have equipment available to play the media you’re nominating?
  • Is the media believed to be at least 40 years old?
  • Are you willing to have the media sent to a vendor to be digitized?
  • Is there a catalog record or anything describing the content of the media?
  • Does the media cover a time period of historical significance?  (For example: Civil War, Great Depression, World War II).
  • Was the media created by, or does it contain significant content by or about one of North Carolina’s historically underrepresented communities?
  • Is the media from a county or region that is already represented on or other digital library projects?
  • Is there a demonstrated demand for online access to the media?  If so, are there examples, such as requests from users or community members?
  • If this media is digitized, is the contributing institution willing to promote the media through press releases and other announcements or programs?

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