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Other (Bits of History)

The Value and Legacy of Oral Histories, a conversation with Rachel Seidman, PhD, Director, Southern Oral History Program

As director of the Southern Oral History Program, Seidman oversees a collection of more than 6,000 interviews (a number that keeps growing) that includes people from all walks of life. She discusses the history and scope of this collection and explains why oral histories provide an important and valuable resource. Approximate run time: 34 minutes.

Anarchy and the Historic House Museum, a conversation with Frank Vagnone, coauthor, Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums

Vagnone talks about his school days as a Tar Heel Junior Historian (a program sponsored by the Museum of History), innovative ways to make historic house museums and cultural properties more relevant to current audiences and communities, and the need for students to become advocates for history and historic preservation. Approximate run time: 34 minutes.

The Banjo: A Cultural History, a Perspectives on History lecture by Laurent Marc Dubois, Duke University

Dubois shares the storied history of the banjo, an instrument whose development was marked by wide cultural encounters from Africa to the Caribbean and North America, contributing to an incredibly rich variety of musical traditions. Approximate run time: 1 hour 6 minutes

Collecting North Carolina: The North Carolina Collection, a discussion with Bob Anthony, Curator, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Since 1844 the University of North Carolina has collected artifacts, papers, books, currency, photographs, and other items that tell the stories of North Carolina’s social and material culture. Approximate run time: 31 minutes.

Conservation and the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, a discussion with Terry Boone, exhibits conservator, National Archives and Records Administration

Boone discusses methods used by curators, conservators, and research scientists to preserve irreplaceable records and artifacts such as the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Approximate run time: 26 minutes.

The History of Banking in North Carolina, an interview with Lissa Broome, author, attorney, and professor of banking and law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lissa Broome talks about the past, present, and future of banking in North Carolina and discusses why banking has remained an important industry both economically and politically. Approximate run time: 23 minutes.

North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times,a conversation with Michele Gillespie, professor of Southern History, at Wake Forest University

Michele Gillespie and her co-editor Sally McMillen of Davidson College have finished the first book in a two-volume set examining important North Carolina women. The books are part of a growing effort to address the scarcity of women in traditional history books and manuscripts. Approximate run time: 30 minutes.

The State Library of North Carolina, an interview with state librarian Cal Shepard

The State Library of North Carolina provides a large variety of vital services to citizens throughout the state. Find out about the State Library’s past, present, and future. Approximate run time: 25 minutes.

Over 200 Years of Family Ballads, an interview with Sheila Kay Adams, balladeer, musician, author, and storyteller

Sheila Kay Adams talks about performing and preserving the songs that have been handed down through her family since the mid-1700s. Approximate run time: 21 minutes.