Nash Central History Class Field Trip

Coach Taylor's American History II Class goes to Raleigh to visit the State Archives, the NC Museum of History and the old State Capitol.

North Carolina State Archives

After conferring with Doug Brown we wanted to come up with an historical event  that our students could relate to.  We picked the burning of the textile mill and bridge in Rocky Mount during the Civil War (1863) as most of the students had at least driven by that area.  Mr. Brown did a fantastic job of collecting primary and secondary sources from that event.  This demonstrated to our students that if they wanted to research a topic, there is a plethora of information that they can use.  Students were actually able to hold the telegram that was sent from the telegraph office in Wilson to Raleigh, letting Governor Zebulon Vance know what had taken place in Rocky Mount.

NC Museum of History & Capital Grounds

Annette Salazar - At the State Archives I learned about the many documents kept there. Documents such as marriage bonds and microfilms of old newspapers from counties all over the state of North Carolina. I also learned that there are many copies of the documents in case something happens to them. Old letters and books are also kept there from various counties, documenting past events.

Hannah Denton- You can trace back your ancestors by looking at the marriage bonds. You can also look at old newspaper to find out things about your ancestors.

Skylar Devers - At the State Archives I learned about the many different documents that they keep there. They have documentation of marriage bonds, which they keep safe in a special air conditioned room. All of their original copies are still stored on microfilm. You can print old newspapers or any kind of document off of the microfilms. Letters from governors are also kept their.

Angel Rios - I learned about all the tragedies that happened during slavery and what people during that time thought about it and what they were doing at that time.

Greg Thacker- At the State Archives i learned about the Marriage Bonds, the maps of old Nash County and other Counties.We also were able to look at microfilms of old newspaper articles.

This is a picture of presidential artifacts during their campaign time

Brandon Williams - What I learned at the State Archives was that they kept many documents on marriage bonds, they had many documents from past governors, and you could go back in a room and find out your family's court cases and criminal history.

Harley Winders  - What I learned while at the State Archives was that over the years they keep up with all of the important documents. These documents consist of  marriage bonds, newspapers, governors papers, county census, and maps of the counties. Also, I learned that they are able to use micro-film in order to keep much older information for example a newspaper printed in the 1900's. A micro-film consists of many smaller documents placed onto a roll of film, which can be placed into a micro-film reader in order for researchers to read them in this era. They also make multiple copies of all of these documents in case of a fire or any kind of disaster that could occur to destroy the documents. These copies are spread over various places. The most important official documents were held in the basement of the State Archives.

Jacob Rowland - What I learned at the State Archives was that they can keep documents fresh even if they were from a long time ago. They keep documents like marriage bonds, maps, and even letters from soldiers in the war, that were from North Carolina. They also have a place where they have microfilm and they can save the documents on that so instead of having a big paper to look at they can look at it electronically. They also have a room where you can look up your family history, and that is what most people go to the Archives to do.

That's a Wrap

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