Gathering with Other Community-minded Projects at the 2018 NCPC Conference

The 2018 North Carolina Preservation Consortium conference focused on preserving community heritage. At the November 16, 2018 conference held at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State's campus, representatives from UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, A/V Geeks, Catawba County Library, and the State Archives of North Carolina described their community-engaged projects and their methods for building and fostering public interest and involvement. CHW Director Bobby Allen introduced the organizational mission and discussed how CHW came to be. Nicole Coscolluela then followed by detailing the Rocky Mount Mills initiative and how it focuses on K-12 learning and producing genealogical resources useful to descendants of Battle Family slaves. Sarah Almond then closed the presentation by briefly discussing the Dorothea Dix project and the remarkable nature of its admissions ledgers and case studies. The conference room was packed with over 90 registrants, above double the typical NCPC conference attendance. This presence makes evident the many dynamic community projects all around the state with staff...
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Presenting at the National Humanities Conference 2018

CHW - represented by Elijah Gaddis, Nicole Coscolluela, Lucas Kelley, and Morgan Vickers - traveled to New Orleans to present at the 2018 National Humanities Conference, which was organized by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The conference took place November 8-11, 2018 at the New Orleans Marriott hotel. There was representation from all over the United States and sessions were on such topics as immigrant engagement, pedagogy, development/advocacy, prison initiatives, and rural outreach. It was clear that there is varied, innovative, and passionate humanities work being done across the country. Moreover, the National Endowment of the Humanities was present in order to promote the "Humanities for All" initiative and the Academy of Arts & Sciences also had a booth to present "Humanities Indicators," their project that studies areas in work and life that humanities studies contributes to. The CHW panel was on the first day of the conference, Thursday, November 8. The session titled "Historians and Developers, Pitfalls and Potential" welcomed approximately...
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CHW Attends the Black Communities Conference

The historic Carolina Theatre in Durham hosted the Black Communities Conference for three days from April 23-25. It was a multi-disciplinary conference hosted by The Institute for African American Research and NCGrowth, which brought together participants from various fields to discuss issues pertaining to African American history, culture, business, art, identity, etc. There were many lectures, workshops, and working groups that allowed for collaborative thinking on how to address the challenges black communities face. One amazing pop-up was the VR experience "I Am A Man," developed by Dr. Derek Ham from North Carolina State's College of Design. Using an Oculus Rift headset, users can place themselves within the 1968 Sanitation Worker's Strike, complete with lifting up and holding signs, photos, and documents in a virtual environment. "I Am A Man" will be at the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee and will eventually travel to more places. ...
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