First Wednesdays -Time to Say Adieu

With a tip of hat and a fond adieu, the Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog of the State Archives of North Carolina is finally stacking their literary muskets and folding our flags to close out our blog to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. During the period of 2010-2015, we have posted 249 blog posts, given twenty presentations, and provided logistical support to three Civil War Conferences established by the N. C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ departmental Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. In a manner similar to Civil War regiments, we started out with a robust committee of ten members, which soon through retirements and reassignments, dwindled down to a core group of four members, who continued to faithfully post new blog posts and assist in the giving “Second Mondays” presentations.

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“Petersburg, Va., Row of Stacked Federal Rifles; houses beyond” LC-dig-cwpb-02647; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D. C. 20540

For several of us, the NC Civil War 150 blog was our first venture into creating content for social media. We have had to learn to complete transcriptions and metadata on the fly with the able assistance of our colleagues in our Digital Access Branch. At times, we probably drove them crazy in our push to post content by the “First Wednesday” of every month, but their patience was extremely appreciated by us. Without their able assistance, we would have never been able to complete our work to finish out this commemoration in 2015. In addition, we also want to thank our co-workers who have put up with our ambitious schedule, which sometimes meant other tasks were delayed in favor of research, scanning, document transcriptions, metadata creation, post writing, and all the other tasks needed to maintain this site.

Lastly, we also want to thank you for taking the time to read our blog posts, make comments, and attend our presentations. We appreciate your attention, and thank you for being willing to share the commemoration of this important event in American History.

This blog will remain online, although we plan to close the comments by Feb. 10, 2016. If you have questions about materials mentioned in our posts, please contact us at archives@ncdcr.gov. This blog has also been captured as part of the NC State Government Web Site Archives and Access Program, available at http://webarchives.ncdcr.gov/.

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