Archive for January, 2011

The Department of Cultural Resources is working with interns from N.C. State University, and we wanted them to introduce themselves and talk a little bit about what they will be doing.  You’ll be hearing from each of them over the next few months.  We are tickled to have the help!


Hi! My name is Carrie Chase and I’m a senior at N.C. State. I’m majoring in Communication with a public relations concentration. I am excited to have the opportunity to intern at the Department of Cultural Resources!  I am working on 2nd Saturdays.  As a ‘poor college student,’ I often find myself wondering, “What is something fun I can do this weekend that won’t put a huge dent in my wallet?” 2nd Saturdays in the answer!   This free, state-wide history and culture program truly seems to have something for everyone. The events will take place at all 27 Historic North Carolina Sites and all eight North Carolina Museums.  Mark your calendars for June 11, July 9, and August 13!
Having always been a huge culture fan, this sort of event appealed to me immediately. Who could turn down art, music, food, crafts and history; and all in one place?  And, the longer I live in the wonderful state of North Carolina, the more I appreciate the importance of learning about its history. 2nd Saturdays aims to tell the story of North Carolina in creative and insightful ways. It gives vendors and artists the chance to showcase their creations, and gives the community an exciting opportunity to explore the state.  Stick around… more information to come!

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It is official: working can be fun! My name is Nicole Medlin and I recently started interning for the Department of Cultural Resources. I am a second semester senior at North Carolina State University and will be graduating in May with a BA in Communications, concentrating in public relations, and with a minor in journalism.

While, the idea of graduating in four months is quite intimidating, so far my work with Cultural Resources has been fun and helpful in preparing for what I will be doing in the real world. I have already helped with press releases (that I got to put my name on!). I have also done a lot of reading on the Civil War and the activities that are being planned for the 150th anniversary. I have always been one to claim a dislike toward history, but as I have researched and read a lot of different things, I am finding myself unable to stop reading!

I am really excited to continue working and learning the ropes at the Department of Cultural Resources. It has been great so far and I cannot wait to see what else I will be working on!

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My name is Natalie Griffith and I’m a senior studying public relations at North Carolina State University. I am thrilled to be spending this semester working on the Civil War 150 “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” traveling photo exhibit!

The exhibit will be on view at about 50 libraries around the state, and I will be working to help get the word out.

I’m from Hendersonville, N.C. with a love of the mountains. I’m also passionate about culture and have two minors in Spanish and international studies. Last year, I spent four incredible months studying in Barcelona, Spain. This year, I hope to use my history in North Carolina and experience in international cultures to succeed here at the Department of Cultural Resources.

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From India to Australia, the international press is abuzz with news of the exciting discovery by North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources archaeologists of a sword that could be one of Blackbeard’s.  It was recovered from the wreck of the presumed Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), Blackbeard’s flagship, near Beaufort.  The two-inch wide copper alloy artifact with a decorative scroll work is much fancier than the ordinary pirate would have possessed.  Perhaps it was obtained in some heist on the high seas, or a ransom for some land lubbers life?

It is on exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.  Also at the museum is a reale weight, a small disc used to verify the weight of silver.  At the time of the QAR, which ran aground in 1718, silver coins had smooth, not ridged edges.  Some scalawags were given to filing or chiseling the silver off coins, giving rise to the term “chiseler.”

The more than 300,000 artifacts recovered are dated to the correct time period for the Blackbeard shipwreck.  The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will open a major exhibit of Blackbeard artifacts in June.  It will be the largest exhibit of Blackbeard artifacts since the very popular Knights of the Black Flag exhibit that opened at the Museum of History in 2009.

Magazine and newspaper articles, documentaries and exhibits demonstrate the love of Blackbeard lore and the lessons it offers.  Learn more at www.qaronline.org and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHCSUf1zH0Q.

Also see the latest coverage in National Geographic and in the Daily Mail from Britain.

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Kitchen table used by the "Oval Table Gang" in Raleigh, NCA kitchen table that is part of the N.C. Museum of History’s collection bore witness to plans, hopes, and dreams of the leaders of Raleigh’s black community. Donated to the Museum in October 2004, the table sat for years in the kitchen of the late Ralph Campbell Sr. and his wife, the late June Campbell.

Beginning in the early 1960s, the group, known Ralph Campbell Jr. (center) with museum curators Shirl Spicer and Joe Porteras “Oval Table Gang,” would gather in the Campbell kitchen to plan strategies relating to civil rights, desegregation, and black political involvement.

Following the death of Ralph Campbell Sr. in 1983, the table continued to serve its more utilitarian purpose in Mrs. Campbell’s kitchen until her death in 2003.  The couple’s son, Ralph Campbell, Jr., the first black in North Carolina to be elected to statewide office, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the age of 64.

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