Posts Tagged ‘Our State Magazine’

The snow is falling outside, and on day like this we can’t resist browsing our collections and taking a look at how the people of yesteryear celebrated (or coped with, depending on your viewpoint) winter weather.

Here are six stand out snowy shots from our collections:

1. Two men standing next to a 12-foot snowbank somewhere in western North Carolina, circa 1960. (Image from the N.C. Museum of History).




2. This icy cover from a February 1951 issue of Our State Magazine. (Image from the State Library).




3. Celebrating the 1940 Easter snowfall in downtown Cary. (Image from the State Archives).



4. An aerial view of downtown Raleigh covered in snow, circa 1960. (Image from the State Archives).



5. Plowing U.S. 301 near Wilson, sometime in the 1920s or 30s. (Image from the N.C. Museum of History).




6. Gov. Luther Hodges and others talking in front a Fort Bragg based-airplane with snow-capped mountains in the background.




Looking to browse our collections yourself? Check out this list of 5 digital resources we offer for suggestions on where to start.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see more awesome photos like these year-round!

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The temperatures and dropping outside and before you know it cabin fever will begin to set in. Fight off the boredom of being stuck inside with these five great digital resources we have to offer:
1. The Our State Magazine Digital Collection, where you can explore issues of one of North Carolina’s premiere publications dating back to 1933 any time for free.
Our State Digital Collection
2. Our This Day in North Carolina History Project, which tells some of most interesting (and bizarre) tales from our state’s past, including the story of North Carolina’s “Year Without a Summer” in 1816.
This Day in N.C. History
3. The State Archives Flickr site, where you can find nearly 7,000 images of everything from Civil War battles to snake handlers in Durham and beyond, including some great historical shots of snow.
State Archives Flickr
4. NCpedia, an online encyclopedia about all things North Carolina.
5. The State Library’s ExploreNC topic guides, which provide a centralized list of resources on a number of different topics including weather.
Enjoy the weather, and stay warm!

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Sec. Kluttz with fellow barbecue and pie contest judges Debbi Matthews, Elizabeth Hudson, Dale Coats and David Cash

Judging a barbecue contest, visiting with junior interpreters and hearing about the experiences of North Carolinians during the Battle of Gettysburg were just a few of the highlights of Sec. Susan Kluttz’s visits to Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham over the weekend for 2nd Saturdays programs.

At Duke Homestead the theme was good old-fashioned North Carolina food and music. The program, called “Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: The Tastes of North Carolina,” focused on everything that makes our state taste great. While visiting the site, Sec. Kluttz saw demonstrations of traditional pickling methods, participated in a peanut boil and listed to a concert by the Malpass Brothers.

Sec. Kluttz with Bennett Place site manager John Guss and Bennett Place historic interpreter Dianne Smith

The secretary also got to serve as judge in the barbecue and pie contests alongside Our State Magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Hutson, Durham Herald-Sun food editor Debbie Matthews, N.C. Historic Sites deputy director Dale Coats and Durham Rescue Mission Volunteer & Donor Relations Coordinator David Cash.

She wrapped up her visit at Duke Homestead by talking to participants in the site’s junior interpreter program, who were demonstrating 19th-century games and toys. The program allows kids to experience history hands-on by living it.

In the afternoon, Sec. Kluttz headed across town to Bennett Place. There she met two interpreters—one who represented a North Carolina solider at the Battle of Gettysburg, and another, site manager John Guss, who represented a Michigan soldier at the same battle. The secretary listed to the two talk about their differing experiences there.

While at Bennett Place, Sec. Kluttz also took a tour of the site’s grounds and talked with volunteers who are working to raise funds to revamp the exhibits in the site’s visitor center. Click here to see more photos of her visits.

Sec. Kluttz with the Malpass Brothers

Don’t forget that we still have one more round of 2nd Saturdays programs on August 10. Visit 2ndSaturdaysNC.com to see the full rundown of programs. Don’t miss the fun!

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