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Gov. McCrory and Sec. Kluttz with Buncombe County Commissioners David King and Joe Belcher and state Rep. Michele Presnell

Against the backdrop of breathtaking mountain views, Sec. Susan Kluttz celebrated the hard work of local elected officials, Cultural Resources staff members and other supporters at a reception at the Governor’s Western Residence last week. While the Secretary met with and thanked the supporters of Cultural Resources’ historic sites and museums in the mountains, Gov. Pat McCrory dropped in for a moment to share his appreciation for history with the crowd. In his brief remarks, he emphasized the importance of cultural institutions to our state and the region, and the need to find creative solutions to fund those institutions in the future.

Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Historical Commission Chair Millie Barbee and long-time DCR supporter Martha Fullington

Ramona Bartos, Cultural Resources’ Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, even got a few moments to tell the governor some of the history behind the beautiful midcentury modern residence that the crowd was enjoying. The house was built in 1939 by Tom Briner, owner of Good Humor Ice Cream, who loved to spend time in western North Carolina with his wife. The property was donated to the state in 1964. You can read more about the history of the home in this great feature done by Our State magazine.

The large crowd gathered showed the wide support that DCR venues have in the west. Among those in attendance were state Rep. Michele Presnell, who represents Haywood, Madison and Yancey Counties; Buncombe County commissioners Joe Belcher and David King; and Christian Edwards, Jeff Futch, Terrell Finley and Chris Morton, all Cultural Resources site managers at western venues.

Sec. Kluttz, Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry and N.C. Historical Commission member Dr. Valerie Johnson at the Historical Commission meeting

The Secretary also had the chance to chat with Millie Barbee, the newly-appointed chair of the N.C. Historical Commission. Barbee, who currently lives in Blowing Rock, previously served as the Commission’s vice chair, and had a long-career as a public history professional in Beaufort and Morganton. The food and drinks for the reception were donated by long-time supporter former state historic preservation specialist Martha Fullington and a number of local businesses.

The reception followed a meeting of N.C. Historical Commission, which Sec. Kluttz attended. The commission is the chief policy making body over the Office of Archives and History, which comprises all of Cultural Resources’ history-related agencies.

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Gov. McCrory and Sec. Kluttz with Keith Nixon, chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners; Bob Quinn, Edenton town councilman and chairman of the town's 300th Anniversary Committee; Bill Green portraying Governor Charles Eden; and Roland Vaughan, mayor of Edenton.

Gov. McCrory and Sec. Kluttz with Keith Nixon, chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners; Bob Quinn, Edenton town councilman and chairman of the town’s 300th Anniversary Committee; Bill Green portraying Governor Charles Eden; and Roland Vaughan, mayor of Edenton.

Native American and colonial re-enactors greeted Sec. Susan Kluttz as she joined Gov. Pat McCrory, members of his cabinet and several other state and local officials in celebrating the 300th anniversary of Edenton.

The day kicked off with a morning celebration of music and food vendors on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse green. While waiting for the official ceremony to begin, Gov. McCrory greeted a re-enactor portraying one of his colonial forbearers – Gov. Charles Eden – as his ship landed at the dock  The colonial governor joined Governor McCrory in a parade through town.

Re-enactors aboard Roanoke Island Festival Park’s boat Silver Chalice dock at Edenton as part of the festivities

As the official ceremony began, Cultural Resources Secretary Kluttz joined others in remarks and introduced the Governor to the crowd. Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry read a proclamation honoring the anniversary and State Archivist and Keeper of the State Seal Sarah Koonts presented the proclamation to Gov. McCrory for his official seal. This was the first public seal ceremony of this administration! Though the seal generally remains in the governor’s office at the State Capitol, the State Archives—a division of Cultural Resources—is its official repository.

A reception in the courthouse followed, as did opportunities for members of the public to play colonial games and participate in colonial craft activities on the Iredell House lawn. Governor McCrory and Secretary Kluttz greeted many in the crowd. Despite a few showers, fun was had by all.

A crowd of spectators and re-enactors
celebrate Edenton’s anniversary

While in Edenton, the Secretary also took a tour of North Carolina’s oldest house—recently dated by the department’s Historic Preservation Office staff—and the Roanoke River Lighthouse—which the department moved in cooperation with local partners last year.

The courthouse and several other historic structures in Edenton are part of Historic Edenton State Historic Site.

We can’t wait to celebrate Edenton’s 301st! Check out more images of event here.

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2013 Inaugural Parade - Cultural Resources 21

Nearly 120 employees and volunteers from across the state represented Cultural Resources at the governor’s inaugural parade Saturday. The group reflected some of the wonderful informational and educational opportunities from the department to offer great family fun:

  • Costumed interpreters reflecting the styles worn by North Carolinians from the colonial period through the early 20th century and representing the work of all Cultural Resources museums and historic sites to share the sights and sounds of our state’s history with visitors
  • An interpreter representing Harriet Jacobs, a slave who hid her grandmother’s attic in what is today Historic Edenton for seven years before escaping to freedom
  • Interpreters portraying pirates who represent the Office of State Archaeology’s research on the Queen Anne’s Revenge and the artifacts on display at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort
  • Volunteers from the Old Hickory Division of World War I, as portrayed by interpreters, representing the department’s upcoming centennial observance of “the war to end all wars”
  • A 1929 Fire Truck and 1936 Highway Patrol from the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer

A colonial era fife and drum corps representing Tryon Palace in New Bern, along with ante bellum era Jonnkonu performers capturing a Christmas time performance tradition of the enslaved

French and Indian War era interpreters representing the frontier outpost of Fort Dobbs in Statesville

Elizabethan interpreters representing Roanoke Island Festival Park and the 1585 settlement of the Lost Colony in Manteo

Pre-colonial era fighters against Colonial Governor Tryon from Alamance Battleground in Burlington

2013 Inaugural Parade - Cultural Resources 20Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives.

The department also champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.

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2013 Swearing InSaturday morning, the Curtis Bible was used to swear in Governor Pat McCrory’s eight new cabinet secretaries. The Bible, which is in the permanent collection of the State Archives, has quite an interesting story behind it. In fact, it is believed to have saved its namesake’s life.

A native of Caldwell County, Burton McKinley Curtis enlisted in the Army shortly after the U.S. entry into World War I. Assigned as a cook with 113th Field Artillery Regiment, Curtis was sent to Europe less than a month after his enlistment. Curtis’s unit took heavy fire during an assault on German forces as part of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel near Verdun, France, and the Bible reportedly saved Curtis’s life by absorbing the impact of a bullet or shrapnel. The damage to the Bible that resulted from the hit is still evident today.

Curtis BibleAfter receiving an honorable discharge in 1919, Curtis returned to North Carolina and worked as a bailer at a cotton mill. He donated the pocket-sized, war-worn New Testament to the Hall of History (now the N.C. Museum of History) on November 16, 1920. The Bible was eventually transferred to the Archives because it is a document. This piece of North Carolina history was selected for the ceremony by Governor McCrory’s inaugural committee.

The governor provided a commemorative bible to each of his new cabinet secretaries. Some also chose to bring a family bible. The Curtis Bible resided on the the rostrum in front of Justice Paul Newby, who administered the oath.

You can see a list of North Carolina here.

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The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has been particularly busy these last few weeks helping with the transition from one gubernatorial administration to the next.

Staff at the State Capitol Historic Site are helping elected officials and advisors move out of their stately home and new leaders move in. They’re also helping plan the ceremonies surrounding the swearing in of the governor’s cabinet, the Council of State and the governor.

Tryon Palace staff will host Governor Pat McCrory’s eastern regional visit to take place January 8, and a number of historical interpreters associated with the Cultural Resources—from Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum and Jonkonnu groups to Fort Dobbs’s militia to Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Silver Chalice Boat and crew and beyond—will also take part in the inaugural parade on January 12.

The State Archives are making sure that records of departing officials are being appropriately transferred and providing reference and research services to various planning committees—including coming in during the holidays to provide copies of films from previous inaugurations.

Archives staff have also helped select the historic Bibles that will be used in the oath taking, and, as caretaker of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina, State Archivist Sarah Koonts will take part in the private, “Transfer of the Seal Ceremony,” which is held just before the governor takes the Oath of Office.  Archives photographers will also be on hand to document these and other transition activities.

Our Historical Resources Division is providing research reports on previous inaugurations and the state seal to the inaugural committee, while the N.C. Museum of History has mounted its always popular Governor’s Exhibit, which is updated and re-opened every four years to coincide with gubernatorial inaugurations. This year’s exhibit Leading the State: North Carolina’s Governors will run through April 28, 2013.

Filled with artifacts that include personal items, clothing and portraits, Leading the State highlights the changes in the office of governor and the role of first spouses. The exhibit also focuses on how governors have campaigned and been elected. In addition to this exhibit, the Museum of History also accessioned a number of gifts from Governor Beverly Perdue to help document her time in office and is currently working with Gov. McCrory’s staff to decorate and equip the Executive Mansion living quarters and office in the State Capitol.

These activities are just a few of the ways, we, as the state agency charged with preserving the state’s memory, are helping support that crucial mechanism of democracy and the all-too-rare occurrence in the history of humankind: the peaceful transfer of power.

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The State Seal in the governor's office

The State Seal in the governor’s office

Minutes before Pat McCrory is publicly sworn in as governor in the Old Senate Chamber on Saturday, a lesser-known transfer-of-power ceremony will take place. The ceremony centers around the Great Seal of the State, which symbolizes the change in authority from one governor to the next. The seal is kept by State Archives but generally remains in the governor’s office at the State Capitol.

The ceremony is actually quite simple. Outgoing Governor Beverly Perdue will read an oath to Governor-Elect McCrory, which he will then repeat. McCrory will then make an impression of the seal on a piece of paper and deposit it into his official papers, which are also maintained by the State Archives. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Chief Justice Sarah Parker will stand by as witnesses as will any others McCrory chooses to invite.

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina has its origins in the colonial era and officially became the responsibility of the governor under the state constitution of 1776. Since that time, its design underwent major changes in 1974, 1835, 1893 and 1971. A minor change—commemorating the date of the Halifax Resolves—was also made in 1983. You can check out the evolution of the seal’s design from 1665 to present in the diagram above from the N.C. Museum of History.

Changes to the State Seal. Click for the full size.

Changes to the State Seal. Click on the image to see it in its the full size.

Cultural Resources has some other great resources related to the seal and gubernatorial inaugurations, including:

For more on this year’s inauguration, check out the official 2013 Inauguration website.

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