History for All the People

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1940-1949 — Commission to Department . . .
Herb Paschal - Microfilm
MICROFILM — In 1941, the Historical Commission began filming North Carolina's public records. The agency purchased its own flatbed microfilm camera and darkroom in 1949. Herbert R. Paschal (pictured), later a history professor at East Carolina University, was hired in 1951.
War Trophies - World War II
WAR TROPHIES — A storefront in Kinston houses a display of captured war trophies owned by a local soldier. The photo was sent to the State Archives with a description of each item as part of the Lenoir County World War II collection.
Axis Weapons Display - World War II
AXIS WEAPONS — A collection of captured Nazi and Japanese weapons displayed in the Modern War Room of the Hall of History during World War II.

First and probably most significant of all, we need to preserve the physical remains of our history. An old house, an early water mill, a battlefield, the remains of a fort—such things are real because we can see and touch them, because they are intimately associated with our own lives.
Christopher Crittenden, April 10, 1941

Maude Moore Latham
MAUDE MOORE LATHAM (1871-1951) — Philanthropist and benefactor. Established a trust fund to pay for the restoration of Tryon Palace.
Gertrude Carraway
GERTRUDE CARRAWAY (1896-1993) — Preservationist, historian, and journalist. Served as a member of the North Carolina Historical Commission from 1942 to 1983 and was an honorary member until her death. Instrumental in the restoration of Tryon Palace, serving as secretary of the Tryon Palace Commission from 1945 to 1971.
Tryon Palace
TRYON PALACE — The original plans of Tryon Palace were discovered at the New York Historical Society in the papers of Francis Lister Hawks, the grandson of palace architect John Hawks.

Our histories should be something of broad, general interest—not merely for the professional historians, not merely for the genealogists, not just for any other limited group, but instead for the people at large. There are opportunities in this realm of which we have only begun to take advantage.
Christopher Crittenden, April 10, 1941

Joye Jordan
JOYE JORDAN — Hired in 1945 to head the newly created museum division, with the understanding she would step down when the men returned from World War II. Nevertheless, she retained that position for almost three decades.
Carolina Charter of 1663
CAROLINA CHARTER OF 1663 — The original Charter (North Carolina's birth certificate) was purchased in 1949 from an antiquarian bookseller in England for the sum of $6,000.


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