CHW Staff Opportunity

The CHW is pleased to announce that we will be adding a one-year, full-time staff position to coordinate the next phase of our work in Rocky Mount. The full position description has been posted on the "Careers at Carolina" website: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/124984 Applications and supporting materials are accepted only through this portal. The UNC-Chapel Hill Community Histories Workshop (communityhistories.org ) announces a one-year position in public history and public humanities to lead Rocky Mount Mills: From Adaptive Reuse to Public Engagement, a community history and archiving project funded through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration. Responsibilities of the Social Research Specialist/Project Coordinator include but are not necessarily limited to: *support project Principal Investigator, Professor Robert Allen *serve as project manager and team leader for the project, coordinating effort by all participants and contributing units *coordinate project administration with the staff of the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies *coordinate the work of the project’s graduate fellow *working with...
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New Pinboard Visualization Released

The Community Histories Workshop has recently created a new digital exhibit to explore the history of Rocky Mount Mills. Similar to the Digital Archive, this exhibit uses Prospect, a web-based plugin for WordPress. It is based on Prospect’s Pinboard visualization function and allows the user to explore spatial connections between historical sources relating to Rocky Mount Mills and the geography of the mill and surrounding mill village. We began our construction of the Rocky Mount Mills Pinboard Visualization with an aerial shot of the mill taken by Rocky Mount Evening & Sunday Telegram photographer Charles Killebrew. Based on our research, we believe that the images dates from sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The photograph provides a detailed perspective on the Tar River in the foreground, the mill, and the streets of the mill village, and downtown Rocky Mount is even visible in the background. We chose this specific image because it displays important culture structures that were town...
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Lynching in the American South Workshop

On June 12 and 13, the Community Histories Workshop will host "Lynching in the American South: A Workshop."  Led by Seth Kotch and Elijah Gaddis, the workshop will bring participants into the work of the CHW and especially our project The Red Record.  Participants will learn about lynching in North Carolina and around the South, be introduced to and practice some new digital tools, and help us expand the project to other states around the South.  You can learn more and register for the workshop here: http://lynching.web.unc.edu/2017-workshop/ .   ...
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Building the Digital Archive

We started the Rocky Mount Mills Digital Archive as a way to gather together some of the thousands of archived items from the mill's two hundred year history. We started with digitized items from three main repositories: the Rocky Mount Mills Photo Archive and the Rocky Mount Mills Awards, 1970s-1990s, both hosted by the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Charles S. Killebrew Photographic Collection, 1948-2001, hosted by the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since these first items went up, we've continued to add more items to our online collections. There are photographs, newspaper articles, letters, posters, and other items housed in collections throughout North Carolina. Some are in formal archives–like the Rocky Mount Mills Records and the Charles Killebrew Photographic Collection at UNC, or the many collections at Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount. Other collections are in family homes and attics and...
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Harvesting History in Rocky Mount

Harvesting History in Rocky Mount -- An Experiment in Crowdsourcing Documents On February 25, 2017, twenty students from Professor Robert Allen's AMST 275H ("Documenting Communities") and AMST 840 ("Digital Humanities/Digital American Studies") courses conducted a history harvest in the Warner Room of the Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Led by Melissa Dollman and Elijah Gaddis, and sponsored by the Community Histories Workshop, the event was designed to encourage people to share their memories, stories, photographs, and other items to help us tell a well-rounded history of Rocky Mount Mills. [What is a History Harvest?] (Photos from the day, and a selection we digitized.) Following a tour of the Rocky Mount Mills site led by Capitol Broadcasting’s Scott Roberts and Julie Baggett, the students spent the afternoon welcoming the collective wisdom of more than thirty Rocky Mount residents in our efforts to identify people, places, and events in digitized and printed historic photographs and films--in a way that only locals can do. We also...
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Community Histories Workshop Featured in Rocky Mount Telegram

On December 2, 2016, Community Histories Workshop team members escorted a group of UNC faculty, library directors, and students to Rocky Mount Mills where Capitol Broadcasting Co. treated us to a tour. What a unique opportunity to take in a "before" view of the mill buildings in their current states, as well as two homes in the surrounding village---one recently renovated and one awaiting its facelift. We also had the great pleasure of meeting with folks from Braswell Memorial Library, Harrison and Harrison, D.J. Rose and Son, JOIN Development, SpringboardNC, Rocky Mount's own Jean Kitchin ('70) and other interested parties to exchange ideas about how to engage with and best serve the community. It was an eventful day! To read more about the visit and our collaborative project, see the full Rocky Mount Telegram article from December 3rd here.                       ...
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