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"Hometown Teams" to Tour State in 2015: Cultural Institutions Invited to Apply to Host Museum on Main Street Exhibition

The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service announce Hometown Teams– an exciting Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition to tour North Carolina beginning February 2015. Rural NC museums, libraries, historic sites, and historical societies are invited to apply as host sites by July 10, 2013. Sites will be determined by the end of September 2013.

“Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports,” says Bob Santelli, curator of Hometown Teams.

Western Carolina University Professor, Students Receive NCMC Award for "Journey Stories"

Congratulations to Dr. Jessie Swigger of Western Carolina University (WCU)! She and her public history graduate students were given the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) Award of Special Recognition for their work in support of the Journey Stories museum exhibition at the Mountain Heritage Center in Cullowhee. Journey Stories is a Museum on Main Street exhibition, a partnership between the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution.

2013 Literature and Medicine Series Begins in Wilmington, Asheboro, Asheville

Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care has begun at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Randolph Hospital in Asheboro, and Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. The participants began meeting in January and will continue through June. At these monthly sessions, healthcare professionals, from chaplains to physicians, share a meal and discuss literature that relates to the experiences of healthcare.

Past the Pipes Receives National Council on Public History’s Graduate Student Project Award

Eight second-year students in UNCG’s masters program in history and museum studies, received the National Council on Public History’s 2013 Graduate Student Project Award for their work on Past the Pipes: Stories of the Terra Cotta Community, an exhibition that opened in December at the Terra Cotta Museum in Greensboro. This exhibition received a large grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council in June of 2012. One such award is given annually.

Journey Stories Opens in Lumberton

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, pulled into its last stop on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Robeson County History Museum. Prior to the Sunday afternoon public opening, Lumberton dignitaries filed into the museum on Saturday evening for a special VIP reception. Many returned with friends for the official public opening on Sunday afternoon.

Lynn Wright-Kernodle Honored with Endowed Scholarship

The North Carolina Humanities Council has established an endowed scholarship for North Carolina public school educators to participate in the Teachers Institute professional development seminars. Named for the director of this program, the Lynn Wright-Kernodle Teachers Institute Endowed Scholarship honors Wright-Kernodle for her work with teachers. The scholarship insures support in perpetuity for a public educator  to attend the annual week-long Teachers Institute summer seminar as well one weekend seminar during the academic year.

Muslim Journeys: Islam and Its Many Roads — Teachers Institute Summer Seminar 2013

Islam, as religion and culture, is expressed in a great range of ways – from long-bearded men and veiled women to cell-phone carrying hip-hop artists, software executives, and Miss America.

Journey Stories Opens in Spencer

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, opened in Spencer at the North Carolina Transportation Museum on Saturday, January 5, 2013, for a six-week run.

Real and Unscripted: Humanities Council Brings "The Monti" to Greensboro

"When people relate to a story it can transform them," says Jeff Polish, executive director of The Monti, a non-profit organization that invites people from the community to tell personal stories without the use of notes. "It’s about the community telling stories to the community." Polish has been selling out venues in the Triangle since 2008 with the help of local citizens and celebrities, including humanities powerhouses Jill McCorkle, Randell Kenan, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace.

Journey Stories Opens in Wilson

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, continued its 2012-2013 tour throughout North Carolina on Saturday November 17, 2012, at the North Carolina Museum of the Coastal Plain in Wilson, North Carolina. The 2012 Caldwell Laureate Betty Ray McCain gave remarks and refreshments were served.