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By Admin on Monday, July 28, 2014 1:57 PM

KINSTON -- CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center will present "Civil War Surgery & Medicine" examining medicine and surgery at home and on the battlefield during the Civil War. The origins of modern triage practices can be traced back to the difficult choices made on the battlefield. Gary Riggs will display medicine and surgical equipment used and discuss the types of procedures they were used to perform.

The program commemorates the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the Civil War and will be held Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is also the final offering of the three month long popular program "2nd Saturdays."

The ladies of the Tar Heel Civilians will portray and discuss the role of women in roles such as nurses, rolling bandages and gathering supplies to make and send hospital boxes. In addition to battle wounds, many soldiers died because of infection or illness due to lack of modern medical technology.

By Admin on Monday, July 28, 2014 8:37 AM

RALEIGH -- Few media formats have the power to transport a person to another reality or immerse one in a story as thoroughly as motion picture film. Captured on film, the past comes alive. The State Archives of North Carolina preserves hundreds of motion picture films, many of which document historic events, people and places.

Recently, the State Archives received a grant from The National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve two additional films in its collection, "The North Carolina State Fair" (ca. 1974), a daylong glimpse of the Raleigh-based event, including appearances by Bob Hope; and "Scott for Lieutenant Governor" (circa 1965), and a campaign ad for Robert W. Scott's bid for lieutenant governor.

The films were produced by Raleigh-based Century Film Productions that operated from the 1950s to the 1980s. Owners O.B. (Ollie) and Lynne Garris donated their 175 film collection to the State Archives in 1985. The films document mid-20th century North Carolina politics, social and economic history, and culture.

By Admin on Friday, July 25, 2014 8:22 AM

MIDLAND -- The new short documentary film, Like Rats in a Trap, examines a tragedy that happened at Barringer Mine and will be screened Aug. 9 at Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site. Nearby Barringer Mine, in present-day Stanly County, was the site of a disaster that claimed eight lives in 1904. This is a free 2nd Saturdays program and filmmaker G. S. Koch will attend the screening of the15-minute film short. Several scenes were filmed underground at Reed Gold Mine.

North Carolina's gold rush began with the 1799 discovery of gold on John Reed's farm, marking the start of the state's gold mining industry 50 years before the California rush. While squirrel hunting along a creek in 1825, Matthias Tobias Barringer found gold imbedded in quartz, and eventually started lode or underground mining. This led to underground mining in North Carolina instead of surface mining in creek beds. In its heyday Barringer sold very rich ore, with up to $500 per ton reported.

Barringer sold the mine in 1887, and it was sold again in 1903. The mine's main shaft reached nearly 500 feet, and included several tunnels at different depths. Something caused the water in Long Creek to breach the dam Aug. 11, 1904. The mine's lower sections flooded and eight men were killed. There was a lone survivor. The Barringer Mine closed, never to reopen, and several other mines closed as well. Ironically, the mine that started underground mining in North Carolina also led to its demise. Sporadic attempts later were made, but ultimately the mining industry was gone.

By Admin on Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:39 PM

RALEIGH -- From the massive amphibious attack on Fort Fisher, the largest by American forces until World War II, to the 6,000 acre battlefield at Bentonville to the site of the largest surrender of the Civil War at Bennett Place, participants in an exclusive, behind-the-scenes Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour will learn details about key North Carolina Civil War sites Oct. 24-26. Pre-eminent Civil War historian Mark Bradley will be the on-bus guide. Spaces are expected to go quickly. The reservation deadline is Sept. 29 and can be made at www.ncdcr.gov/CivilWarTour.

The special tour is the ideal precursor to the concluding programs in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War during the grand finale events of North Carolina's 2015 Civil War Sesquicentennial observance. Intimate conversations and information from historians and staff of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' Division of State Historic Sites will offer unique insights into the waning days of the Civil War, and North Carolina's role in it.

Pivotal events in North Carolina hastened the fall of the Confederacy and the end of the war in 1865. The movie Lincoln illustrated the urgent need President Abraham Lincoln felt to capture Fort Fisher and disrupt supply lines to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Fort Fisher fell Jan. 15, 1865.

By Admin on Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:39 PM

RALEIGH -- On July 28, 1914, World War I began with the declaration of war by Austria-Hungary on Serbia, following the murder of the Austrian archduke and his wife. Regional alliances led to a global conflict that provided catalysts that forever changed our world. Ultimately more than 16 million people died, including 833 North Carolinians from battle action and 1,542 from disease.

The United States initially declared itself neutral, but after two and a half years was drawn into the war by German atrocities and its attacks on U.S. vessels. President Woodrow Wilson declared war in April 1917, saying that the U.S must enter, "to make the world safe for democracy."  

Like most Americans, North Carolinians were reluctant to take up the fight, seeing with horror the two and a half million casualties to European armies in 1916 alone. With the declaration of war by President Wilson, however, North Carolinians rallied to the cause. Women joined the American Red Cross, YWCA, and Salvation Army to serve as nurses in military hospitals at home and in France. Farmers grew victory acres and children grew thrift gardens to earn money to buy war bonds. Individuals and industry united to support the war effort.

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