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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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Newspapers, Posters, and More Now Available from Davidson County Public Library System

Thanks to our partner, Davidson County Public Library System, three batches of various materials are now available on our website. The first batch features eleven issues of the Erlanger Community paper from 1919 to 1922; a Robbins Elementary School 1931-1932 report card; Bylaws of Hopewell Council No. 1758 Royal Arcanum; and four new brightly colored Lexington Barbeque Festival posters. Batch two includes six new issues of the South Davidson High School yearbook covering from 1948 to 1952. The final batch contains 73 issues of the Thomasville Times, as well as student newspapers from Reeds High School, Denton High School, and Lexington High School.

The Lexhipep. Published by the students of Lexington High School.

36th Annual Lexington Barbeque Festival poster. The poster features three pigs on handcar.

36th Annual Lexington Barbeque Festival Poster

35th Annual Lexington Barbeque Festival poster. The poster features two pigs dressed up as a waiter and waitress dancing. The text on the image reads: Lexington Barbeque Festival 35th Anniversary. October 27, 2018.

35th Annual Lexington Barbeque Festival Poster

The Phoenix 1953. Published by the senior class of Denton High School in Denton, NC. Included on the page is a torch and an open book with blank pages.

To learn more about the Davidson County Public Library System, please visit their website.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.

To view more newspapers on DigitalNC, visit our North Carolina Newspapers collection. 


Montgomery Community College 50 Years of Success and Catalogs Now Available

Thanks to our new partner, Montgomery Community College, nine catalogs covering years from 1969 to 1992 and a publication that details the college’s 50 year history (1967-2017) are now available on our website.

Montgomery Community College: 50 years of Success cover. There is an image of the older campus in black and white with the newer building pictured on the bottom.

Montgomery Community College (originally the Montgomery Technical Institute) was established on September 7, 1967 in Troy, North Carolina. Due to the Montgomery County’s status of one of the most rural, least populated, and isolated counties in North Carolina the college faced tremendous challenges to get started and chartered. According to Montgomery Community College: 50 Years of Success there was a delay of several years to have the college established due to state leaders thinking it would not succeed. The citizens of Montgomery County proved them wrong. The campus currently includes facilities of approximately 134,400 square feet on 153 acres of land and over 400 enrolled students. 

Pictures of the early machine shop class with instructor Frank Lemonds and early industrial sewing class in the annex building.

To learn more about Montgomery Community College, please visit their website.


1971 Pisgahteer and 1971 Tuscola Mountaineer Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Haywood County Public Library, the 1971 issues of the Pisgah High School and Tuscola High School yearbooks are now available on our website.

Pisgah High School officially opened on August 29, 1966 with an enrollment of 974 students and 49 teachers. The creation of the high school was in response to a desire to consolidate schools within Haywood County to two, replacing four other high schools in the area including Canton, Reynolds, Bethel, and Clyde High School. Pisgah High School today continues to educate the children of Canton, North Carolina.

1971 Senior Superlatives for: most athletic, most talented, wittiest, best all round, most likely to succeed, friendliest, most dependable, best looking, prettiest, most courteous, most intelligent, and most popular. Included are three pictures of students in areas around the school including the gym and music room.

1971 Senior Superlatives

Like Pisgah, Tuscola High School was created in response to Haywood County’s desire in 1963 to consolidate schools in the area. Originally, the school only taught sophomores, juniors, and seniors but in 1993 added freshman to the student body. The school today has over 900 students with approximately 90 teachers. 

A page titled "America?" Two images which show a factory and a field. Under the picture of the factory the caption says, "Oh, beautiful for spacious skies." Under the the field photo the caption reads "For amber waves of grain."Two pictures on top of each other. The first one's caption is "For purple mountains majesty." The image itself is of a small pond with pollution. The bottom picture is of a lot with several rows of broken cars. The caption for the second photo is "Above the fruited plains."

To learn more about the Haywood County Public Library, please visit their website

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


Livingstone College and Boyden High School Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Rowan Public Library, Boyden High School and Livingstone College yearbooks are now available on our website. This batch includes yearbooks from 1941 for Boyden High School and 1930, 1946-1947 for Livingstone College.

Livingstone College is a historically Black college located in Salisbury, North Carolina. In 1879, the college was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church and was just a single building on 40 acres of land. In 1887,  the school was renamed from Zion Wesley College to Livingstone College in honor of David Livingstone—a philanthropist, explorer, and Christian missionary. Today, the college consists of more than 15 buildings on over 300 acres of land with over a thousand enrolled students. 

Pictures of students and the Livingstone College campus.Several pictures featuring various groupings of Livingstone College students.

In 1904, Salisbury High School was founded in to educate children of the area. Twenty-two years after its founding, in 1926, the school’s name changed to Boyden High School after a new school building was built. The school remained Boyden for almost 50 years until the name was reverted back to Salisbury High School in 1971. 
Page in the 1941 Salisbury High School yearbook detailing the various statistics of the class of 1941 including average height, eye color, etc.

To learn more about Rowan Public Library, please visit their website.

To view our North Carolina African American high school yearbooks, visit our African American high schools collection.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


1830s School Workbook, 1940 Medical Diary, and Other Person County Materials Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Person County Public Library, two batches containing 1963 and 1964 Bethel Hill High School yearbooks, a 1940 medical diary, a Person County Public Library ledger, and a handmade school workbook from the 1830s is now available on our website.Pictures of two school groups (bus drivers and dramatic class). The first picture features people working on fixing a bus. The second has a group of students gathered in a classroom talking to one another.

Most interesting in this batch is the handmade school workbook from the 1830s. The workbook belonged to Thomas H. Briggs (born December 24, 1814). It contains sections on various math skills including compound multiplication, compound division, the single rule of three, inverse proportions, geometry (see how neat the geometry shapes are below!) and more. In addition to instructing the student on how to do complete problems, each section includes several problem examples.

A page dedicated to geometry problems.

Geometrical Problems

To learn more about Person County Public Library, please visit their website.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


Cullowhee High School Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Western Carolina University, fourteen issues of Cullowhee High School’s yearbooks are now available on our website. This batch covers the years 1955-1957, 1960-1967, and 1969-1971. 

The front cover image of the book shows the various images for the twelve Western zodiacs (e.g. for Aquarius there is a man pouting water out of a container; Gemini has two twins sitting back to back).The front cover image of the book shows the various images for the twelve Western zodiacs (e.g. for Scorpio there is a scorpion).

The 1970 Cullowhee High School yearbook from this batch is particularly interesting. The theme for the yearbook was astrology. In the first pages of the book there are two circles. The first informs the reader which of the zodiac they belong to. The second circle serves as a table of contents where each section of the book is represented by a different zodiac. For each zodiac, the contents of the section are laid out for the reader to easily navigate the yearbook. For example, in the “Virgo” section you will find the most school spirited, student council, and elementary school (seen in the picture below).  After each zodiac section is introduced there is a page which contains pictures of students along with quotes that describe that zodiac’s traits. The yearbook also features front and back inside covers with a beautiful colored illustration of the various Western zodiacs which can be seen in the pictures above.

A circle split into twelve sections. Each section represents one of the twelve Western zodiacs and the month they represent.The yearbook's table of contents. A circle split into twelve sections for the Western zodiacs. Each section of the zodiac tells you where you can find certain content in the book.

To learn more about Western Carolina University, please visit their website.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


South Piedmont and Anson Community College Catalogs Now Available

Thanks to our partner, South Piedmont Community College, a batch containing catalogs from South Piedmont Community College and Anson Community College covering the years from 1991 to 2000 and 2018 to 2021 are now available on our website. The catalogs include information on academic policies, student support services, student life, community organizations, administrators, faculty, various programs of study, and course descriptions.

South Piedmont Community College Catalog 2020-2021 cover.

Anson Community College began as the Ansonville Industrial Education Center in 1962. After the appointment of a Board of Trustees by the Board of Education and Anson County Commissioners in 1967, the Center became the Anson Technical Institute. Twelve years later in 1979, the name was again changed to Anson Technical College in order to better reflect the offerings of the school. The name of the college was changed for the last time to Anson Community College in 1987 before consolidating with the Union Technical Education Center. 

On August 3, 1999 the South Piedmont Community College was created from the consolidation of Anson Community College and Union Technical Education Center to better serve Anson as well as Union County residents. The college today continues to grow and expand its operations, but still strives to maintain providing hands-on experience as well as one-on-one instruction to its students.

To learn more about South Piedmont Community College, please visit their website.

To view more South Piedmont and Anson Community College catalogs on our website, click here.


New Tyrrell and Columbia High School Materials Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Tyrrell County Public Library, two batches of materials from Tyrrell and Columbia High School are now available on our website. The first batch features Tyrrell High School’s 1961 yearbook as well as the 1977 edition of Columbia High School’s Swamproots. Filling in gaps from our website, five new Columbia High School yearbooks from the years 1959, 1960, 1965, 1968, and 1972 are included in the second batch.

Photographs of Tyrrell High School's music groups, the Melowtones and Elowettes. Included with the photos are the names of the group members.

The Melowtones and Elowettes

The athletics pages featuring two children playing football.

Homecoming queens Vicki Jones and Janet Walker standing next to each other with flowers in their arms.

Homecoming Queens Vicki Jones and Janet Walker

For more information about the Tyrrell County Pubic Library, please visit their website.

To view our North Carolina African American high school yearbooks, visit our African American high schools collection.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


More Issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News Now Available

Title heading for the Roanoke Beacon January 3, 1930 issue.

The Roanoke Beacon, January 3, 1930.

Thanks to our partners, Washington County Library and Pettigrew Regional Library, 760 issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News are now available on our website. This batch covers from January 3, 1930 to December 28, 1944. These issues highlight local and national news stories such as the United States entrance into World World II, a list of residents stationed in Hawaii during the Attack on Pearl Harbor, and birthday party celebrations in the community.

Excerpt from the December 11, 1941 issue of the paper discussing America's entrance into World War II.

The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News, December 11, 1941.

Excerpt from the paper's December 11, 1941 issue discussing the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News, December 11, 1941.

The newspaper was first published in 1889 under the title The Roanoke Beacon. In 1929, the paper consolidated with The Washington County News and the name was changed to The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News. Thirty years later in 1959, the paper reverted back to its original title, The Roanoke Beacon. The paper continues to publish under this name today. 

Excerpt from the June 17, 1932 issue of the newspaper detailing the 80th birthday of a town resident.

The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County Newspaper, June 17, 1932.

To view more issues of The Roanoke Beacon and Washington County News, please visit here.
To learn more about the Washington County Library, please visit their website.
To learn more about the Pettigrew Regional Library, please visit their website.


New Hanover County Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Cape Fear Museum, a batch containing new issues of yearbooks from James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Cape Fear Academy, Williston Senior High School, Wilmington High School, and New Hanover High School are now available on our website

Letter "M" created out of flowersHand-drawn looking face of a woman in 1940s hair and makeup. Text "Amazed Girl" below the face to the right.Letter "H" created out of flowers and cines.

 

Various images of students hanging out around campus.

To learn more about the Cape Fear Museum, please visit their website.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.