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Season 2 of Collecting Carolina
Broadcast Date: 9/24/15
High Point Museum: with Edith Brady, Museum Director and Marian Inabinett, Curator of Collections
Did you know that by the 1950s, 60% of American-made furniture came from within a 150-mile radius of High Point? The success came largely because of the railway line built in 1859, which was the highest point on the North Carolina Railroad that stretched from Goldsboro to Charlotte. Other causes included an abundance of natural wood product and entrepreneurial local businessmen, who created factories all over the Piedmont in communities such as Lexington, Thomasville, Drexel, and Hickory. The High Point Museum explains the evolution of the industry through collections of early 20th Century manufactured furniture, and the revolutionary equipment that made the industry thrive. Today, the High Point Furniture Market, which began in 1909, houses the largest furniture trade show in the world.
Broadcast Date: 7/16/15
North Carolina State Archives: with Sarah E. Koonts, State Archivist
One of most important state resources for collectors and researchers is our State Archives of North Carolina. Here, they collect and preserve government records and private archival materials in perpetuity. Through an online catalog, you can research older land grants, wills, and county records dating back to Colonial times. Through the North Carolina Digital Collections, a joint project between the State Archives and State Library, you can search military pensions from as early as the Civil War era, review past Governor’s records, and browse thousands of digital records on dozens of topics, from family Bible records to African American education, to World War I and II posters and maps. Producer Julia Carpenter and "Collecting Carolina" show you fascinating discoveries in our State Archives collections, as your genealogy search starts right at your own home computer. Join us as we visit with Sarah Koonts, State Archivist, to learn about the resources available and enter into the State Archives' vault to see some of our greatest treasures.
Broadcast Date: 6/25/15
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame with Ken Howard, Director, Division of State History Museums; Don Fish, Executive Director, NC Sports Hall of Fame; and Jonny Cannon, Owner, CARDIACS Sports & Memorabilia
Just about everybody in North Carolina loves sports and follows a sports team or two. Collecting sports memorabilia is a perfect hobby, as there’s something collectable at every price point for every fan at every age. Some people collect by sport type, team or specific athlete, and there’s no better place to learn about North Carolina athletes than at the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, in the North Carolina Museum of History. Athletes, sports administrators, and media personalities are carefully selected each year for induction into the museum, and here you can see many exhibits featuring a wide variety of sports. For those more serious collectors of sports memorabilia, we also look at how to make sure you are investing in a genuine article.
Throughout this past year, "Collecting Carolina" has partnered with the North Carolina Museum of History. In this segment, Director Ken Howard highlights the visitor experience to the Raleigh museum, as well as noting the other museums throughout the state. The museum is known for its North Carolina special exhibits, educational outreach, conservation, and public engagement for young and old. Producer Julia Carpenter works closely with Decorative Arts Curator Michael Ausbon, who has joined us both behind and in front of the camera, connecting us with artists around the state and ensuring the content is accurate. We hope you enjoy our other partnership segments in Series 2 of "Collecting Carolina."
Broadcast Date: 5/21/15
Built in 1917 by tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds and his visionary wife, Katharine, Reynolda served as a home for multiple generations. This house holds the memories and treasures of those who lived there, along with one of the nation's finest collections of American art, started by R.J. and Katharine's granddaughter Barbara Babcock Millhouse. A visit to the house reveals a lifestyle once lived by this remarkable family, whose influence on our state and the South is reflected in their entrepreneurial endeavors and philanthropic spirit. A tour of the grounds with its foot paths, manicured lawns, fountains, and flower beds is enjoyed by thousands each year. A visit to the basement with its swimming pool, Art Deco bar, bowling alley, and shooting gallery recalls times of parties and play for both young and old. And the Village, now full of shops and restaurants that complete your visit, was once home to a self-sustaining farming community. Take the family for a tour and enjoy the splendor and riches this house museum has to offer, just outside downtown Winston-Salem.
Women’s Jewelry from the Civil War with Tryon Palace Assistant Director LeRae Umfleet and NC Museum of History Textile Conservator Paige Meyers
After the devastation of the Civil War, and the suffering of the women left to guard the home front, so little is left of women’s clothing and accessories. Much was worn to shreds, much was thrown away and discarded, but for those who treasure the past, few items spark the collector’s interest as much as "mourning jewelry." Made fashionable by Queen Victoria after her beloved husband Albert’s death in 1861, these items, such as those made from jet, deceased loved one’s hair, and from Gutta-percha sap, all are highly collectable for enthusiasts and reenactors alike. Assistant Director LeRae Umfleet from Tryon Palace shows us the correct women’s mourning and day attire, accessories of the time, and what to look for in authentic Civil War jewelry.
North Carolina Native American Indian Arts with NC Museum of History Decorative Arts Associate Curator Michael Ausbon and Gregory Richardson, Executive Director of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs
The richness in Native American art has developed over many thousands of years. Today, the eight tribes in North Carolina continue to produce highly collectable works, which include traditional themes blended with new personal experiences. Whether self-taught or handed down from tribal elders, the artists' crafts pay homage to the spiritualism and honor within each community. Starting in April, there are Pow Wows every couple of weeks throughout our state, where you can learn about and collect from the artists themselves.
People who love to collect antiques, art, and crafts often enjoy learning more about the processes of creating objects. Since its inception in 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School has provided adult instructional classes. There are no credits or grades, and the atmosphere is one of living and learning together in a nurturing environment. With over 60 courses to choose from in a wholesome and natural environment, students enjoy a day, weekend or week of personal enrichment. This is a perfect getaway experience for those who want to try something they know or something new, such as art, metalwork, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography or writing--there’s something for anyone’s interest. Crafters beware; you will fall in love with this place and the people you will encounter.
"Collecting Carolina" is off to Seagrove in Randolph County, the epicenter of North Carolina’s eastern pottery community. With over 100 potter’s studios to explore, Producer Julia Carpenter and Curator Michael Ausbon from the North Carolina Museum of History show us how to plan our visits and give us a sampling of what is available to see and shop for. This community is steeped in a rich craft history, full of diversity and creativity, and encompasses everything from the traditional styles and museum reproductions to large works of modern art. Join them as they go into kilns old and new, and studios that produce some of the finest hand-crafted work. And put on your walking shoes, because the paths to the potters can be as varied as the pots you will discover.
The Executive Mansion is home to the Governor, and it is the 'people's house.' It was completed in 1891 as a political, social, and cultural center of the state, and is one of the few executive mansions in the nation built specifically for that purpose. A unique example of Queen Anne-style architecture, the house was made using inmate labor, with building materials acquired from within the state. Built as a home with meeting and event space, it is also a unique historic site full of North Carolina treasures. NC Museum of History Curator Michael Ausbon takes on a tour to highlight the special North Carolina items and artists whose work is prominently displayed. The Executive Mansion is open for public tours throughout the year.
The Village of Yesteryear was established over 60 years ago to help educate fairgoers on the traditional handicrafts of North Carolina and the important roles these crafts played in our family histories. From baskets to quilts, wood turning and pottery, metal work and fine art, the annual ten-day event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and not only helps the craftsmen make a living, but features highly collectable items. Join us as we meet several of the artists who come year after year and share the love of their crafts with all who stop by and visit.
Collecting Carolina visits the beautiful gallery, pottery and glass blowing studios of Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor. Here we see glass being blown and molded, and pottery shaped and carved. We discover the joy of watching artists at work and how our understanding of the process increases our appreciation for the work, while Michael zeros in on items made by North Carolinians using North Carolina materials. Join us in the discovery.