The next lecture in our ongoing Civil War Sesquicentennial lecture series sponsored by the Archives and Records Civil War 150 Committee will be held on August 8th in the second floor conference room (formerly our computer lab) at 10:30 AM. The lecture will be given by Ashley Yandle (that’s me) and the subject will be “An Introduction to Online Civil War Resources at the Archives.” The talk is scheduled to last about an hour and during that time I hope to give a brief overview of the Civil War resources in our online catalog (MARS), our finding aids and website, our Civil War blog, and the Civil War materials available through the North Carolina Digital Collections. I’m not going to be touching on any one subject in great depth, that’s just not possible given the time we’ll have on Monday. I hope the talk will serve as a good starting point for people who are interested in the Civil War but don’t know what we have or where to begin looking.
The room we’re holding this talk in is not as large as the auditorium, so if you are planning to attend on August 8th would you please call (919)807-7310 and let us know? Currently I think we have somewhere between 20-25 people who have told us that they’re coming and we just want to make sure that we have enough room to accommodate everyone.
A copy of the flyer for the August 8th talk is now available online; also on that flyer is the announcement of the November 14, 2011 lecture by Debbi Blake on “Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy,” so please put that on your calendars as well.
Another thing to keep in mind for those of you have haven’t visited the Archives and Library building recently: there is an ongoing construction project on the building’s portico, the primary entrance to the State Archives and Library building. While the front of the building is open to foot traffic, it is not accessible for wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers. There is ramp at the back or north end of the building, accessible either from the loading zone on Blount Street or the gravel parking lot behind the building. You must call the Security Desk at (919) 807-7383 for entrance into the building as it is normally kept locked for security purposes. If there is no answer, please call (919) 807-7476 or (919) 807-7475 for assistance.
For those of you unable to attend on the 8th, I’ll post a copy the handout for the lecture on this blog on Monday after the talk is over.