Tar River Center for History and Culture Lecture Series Opens September 25

LOUISBURG, N.C. -- The Tar River Center for History and Culture is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Lecture Series, focusing on “The Early Development of the Tar River Valley of North Carolina.” Lectures are held Thursday evenings, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Chapel of Louisburg College. All are free and open to the public. Parking is available in front of the chapel and adjacent to the Jones Performing Arts Center (both parking areas are accessible from College Street, Louisburg). For more information, please contact Maurice York at myork@louisburg.edu or (919) 497-3252 or visit www.louisburg.edu/tarrivercenter.


Geology of the Upper Tar River Basin:  How Has It Influenced Human Activity? | September 25

Featuring Dr. E. Skip Stoddard: Retiring after 30 years of teaching and research as a faculty member at North Carolina State University, Stoddard has concentrated his focus on mineralogy, petrology, and the tectonic evolution of the eastern Piedmont.  In addition to North Carolina, he has done field research in southeastern California and northern New York.  Since retirement, Stoddard has worked part-time as a field geologist with the North Carolina Geological Survey, making geological maps of areas in the eastern Piedmont region.  He has also taught at Guilford College and at Wake Tech.  He has used some of his spare time preparing geological guides for hiking trails and greenways in the Triangle area, taught short courses for NCSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and worked as a consultant.  He has degrees from Amherst College (AB) and UCLA (PhD).

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The Earliest North Carolinians: Native American Occupations along the Tar River Valley

November 6, Featuring  Dr. I. Randolph Daniel, Jr.: Currently serving as Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University, Daniel received his PhD in anthropology in 1994 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His research interests include the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in the Southeastern United States, particularly hunter-gatherer adaptations at the end of the last Ice Age. Publications related to that research have appeared in two books, several book chapters, and in such journals as American Antiquity, Current Research in the Pleistocene, North Carolina Archaeology, and Southeastern Archaeology.  He is also the recipient of the 1999 C. B. Moore Award for Excellence in Archaeology by a Young Scholar in Southeastern Studies by the Lower Mississippi Survey & Peabody Museum, Harvard.

18th Century Architecture in the Upper Tar River Valley | January 29, 2015

Annual Joseph E. Elmore Lecture Featuring Michael Southern:  Senior Architectural Historian and GIS Coordinator  with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, Michael Southern is a native of Raleigh and a 1973 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the state’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO) as an intern in 1974 and has worked in many capacities over the past four decades, including survey specialist, restoration specialist, Western Office preservation specialist in Asheville, section historian, and supervisor of the Survey and National Register Branch. He is co-author, with colleagues Catherine Bishir and Jennifer Martin, of three field guides to the state’s historic architecture (UNC Press, 1996 and 2003). Michael is currently Senior Architectural Historian and Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator for the HPO.  In 2000 in received the Robert E. Stipe Professional Award from Preservation North Carolina, and he was a 2012 recipient of a Governor’s Award for Excellence for Innovation for his role in developing the HPO’s computer mapping enterprise.

Michael began his career in Franklin County as field assistant to architectural historian Catherine Bishir, in the company of county historian Thilbert H. Pearce. It was a happy time, and Michael is delighted to return “home” for this occasion.

Precursors of the Regulator Movement in Old Granville County:

Reuben Searcy’s Petition (1759) and George Sims’s ‘Nutbush Address’ (1765) | March 26, 2015

Featuring Dr. Carole Watterson Troxler: Earning a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Troxler has spent most of her teaching career at Elon College/Elon University, where she is Professor Emerita of History.  Her research has focused on the American Revolution in the southern backcountry and the migration of loyalists after the war. She is the author of five books, published between 1976 and 2011. She also produced some 20 articles in professional journals, 30-odd entries in history encyclopedias and several multi-media projects. Her most recent book, Farming Dissenters: The Regulator Movement in Piedmont North Carolina,  is about the Regulator Movement in the late Colonial Period. Carole and her husband, Dr. George Troxler, received the 2010 Christopher Crittenden Memorial Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.  Her publications have received awards from the North Carolina Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of North Carolina Historians, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society, and the International Council for Canadian Studies.

About the Tar River Center for History and Culture
The Tar River Center for History and Culture (TRCHC) works with local governments, private organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to develop the region's historical and cultural assets, to foster economic development, and to promote knowledge of the past. Visit http://www.louisburg.edu/tarrivercenter for more information.

About Louisburg College
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College is the oldest two-year residential college in the nation, and the only one in North Carolina. With a student body of 700 students, over 90 percent of Louisburg graduates continue their education at four-year schools. Learn more at www.louisburg.edu.

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