Monday, October 20, 2014

2014-2015 Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection Special Grants Winners

The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection is pleased to announce the following winners of our 2014-2015 Mini-Grants Competition:

Tanner Capps, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC)
“Faith and Social Action: Developing the Religious Studies Senior Seminar at St. Andrews University”

Duke Research Group in American Religious History, Duke University (Durham, NC)
  Jamie L. Brummitt, “Christianity and Evangelicalism During the Civil War”
Andrew Coates, “Dispensationalism in North Carolina”
Aaron Griffith, “Authorities Could Shut Up His Body in Prison, But They Could Not Imprison
            His Spirit’: North Carolina Methodist Prison Ministry and Metaphor
         Matthew Scott Hoehn, “Protestant or Baptist/Methodist/ Presbyterian? The Tension Between
             Pan-Protestantism and Denominational Distinctives Felt by North Carolina Religious
             Groups between 1861 and 1910”
Sonia Hazard, “Democratization's Burden: Class, Colportage, and the Materiality of Print”
Jacquelynn Price-Linnartz, “Seeing is Believing: The Religious Imagination of Historical
             North Carolina"
Amy Whisenand, “Songs of Peace and War in the Midst of War”

Susan A. Joyce, Antioch Baptist Church (Enfield, NC)
“The History of Antioch Baptist Church”

Judy Jones, Exago Institute (Charlotte, NC)
“The Evolution of Arts and Culture in Religious Institutions of NC”

Eric Meckley, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
“Our ‘Special Work’ – Education, Uplift, and African American Cultural Memory at the End of the 19th Century”

Daniel Woods, International Pentecostal Holiness Church (Falcon, NC)
“Spiritual Railroading’: Trains as Metaphor and Reality in the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements, c. 1880 to c. 1920”

We are also delighted to award the following Project Collaboration Grants for the coming year:

Jill Crainshaw, Wake Forest University Divinity School (Winston-Salem, NC)
“From Living Water to Running Water: A History of Baptistery Art and Craft in North Carolina”

Chaitra M. Powell, Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
“Following the Documentary Trail: Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the African American Experience in North Carolina”

Congratulations to all of our grant winners, who will spend the coming year engaging in research that uses resources contained in the Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection.  More information about the collection is available a  This project is made possible through funding from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of NC, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Community Education 

Friday, August 29, 2014

No time to waste!

Just over two weeks left to submit an application for a $500-$1000 Religion in NC Mini-Grant!

Read more about the competition and download and application at

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014–2015 Mini-Grants Competition: Applications Available Now!

Mini-Grants for Research Using "Religion in NC"

The Duke Divinity School Library is pleased to announce a special funding opportunity for researchers. A limited number of mini-grants ($500–$1000) will be awarded on a competitive basis to support original projects utilizing The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection (

Applicants are invited to propose creative uses for the collection. Possibilities for successful applications include academic essays, school lesson plans, institutional histories, cultural documentaries, multimedia teaching resources, or courses for community education. Researchers of all levels are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: September 15, 2014

For more information and to download an application, visit

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Julibee: Temple Emanuel's Fiftieth Anniversary- 1932-1982

This book highlights the commemoration of Temple Emanuel's Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration (1932-1982) and Confirmation Service which took place on Friday, May 28th, 1982 in Winston-Salem, NC. It gives us a view into some of the important celebrations and religious practices within Jewish life. This text makes a note that the Torah designates every fiftieth year as the year of Jubilee. The celebration was not only given to showcase the efforts and contributions of the Temple and it's staff to the community, but to remind us of the joy we can find in remembering the Sabbath Holy day. Whether you celebrate this day on Saturday, as is Jewish custom, or another day, it's a good reminder to stop and take time in our lives to rest, reflect, and be present with God and one another. The Sabbath as highlighted by Temple Emanuel in this celebration is a reminder that "God is with us." It is an ever-present reminder of the things that can bring us wholeness and joy in an overproduced and hyper-mobilized world. The Temple's celebration gives us a glimpse into what sustains the human spirit and the things that are important in life. Their anniversary was a reflection on the past fifty years of dedication, hard-work, and service to God, to oneself, and to their community.

Furthermore, this text reflects on the relevance of Temple life within the Jewish Faith and Reformed Judaism as a connection point for the people within their community. This is where the life and work of faith, service, education, and spiritual growth is developed and sustained. The history of Jewish presence in Winston-Salem is recorded and its beginning story, which dates back to the early 1880's. It lists the names of all the prior Temple Emanuel President's as well as members of their Sisterhood Charter in 1949. The women of Temple Emanuel and their hard work are uplifted as a central component to the congregation's growth and success. These women have contributed to teaching in Sunday School, preparing Shabbat dinners, participating in services and many other tasks. Letters from local/national government officials and community members have been included to show their appreciation and congratulations to the Temple. Photo's of Temple life and members are also included. 

We hope you enjoy this piece of history and continue to utilize our Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection for more interesting finds, documents on Jewish life and other important artifacts.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Month(s) in Review: Focus on Outreach

It's time (past due) for a update on recent happenings at Religion in NC.  Our focus in this post is on outreach for the project.

Welcome, Monique!

Religion in NC is pleased to welcome Monique Swaby as a graduate assistant working with research and outreach at Wake Forest this summer.  Monique is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Vermont, and is working on her Master of Divinity at the Wake Forest School of Divinity.  Her work will include producing materials to highlight items in the collection, as well as offering presentations on Religion in NC and its uses to groups at WFU and its neighboring community. Welcome, Monique!

Pentecostal Holiness Resources

On May 10, Project Coordinator Elizabeth DeBold attended the Archives Training Day sponsored by the NC Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Falcon, NC.  Visiting different groups across the state allows project staff to examine new and interesting materials for possible inclusion in the collection.  This is important for increasing the diversity of our resources and foster a wides appeal to a broad range of researchers. Stay tuned for updates featuring some of the individual sources being added to the collection daily.

Conferences and Presentations

In April, Doctoral Fellow Ken Woo presented on Religion in NC at the annual conference of the Society of North Carolina Archivists in Raleigh.  Among the questions from the audience were several concerning our plans to maximize social media for promoting the collection.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter (@ReligionNC), where we will provide regular updates on the project and features on the collection's holdings.

Better yet, connect with us in person! Here is a selective list of upcoming presentations by project staff:

June 18-21, 2014  American Theological Libraries Association Annual Conference (New Orleans, LA)
June 26, 2014  Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries Annual Preconference (Las Vegas, NV)
October 22, 2014 Chatham Community Library (Pittsboro, NC)
December 11, 2014 Durham County Library - Main Library (Durham, NC)
November 22-25, 2014 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA)
March 15, 2015 World Methodist Museum (Lake Junaluska, NC)

There are several presentations in the planning stages at any given time, so this list is constantly changing.  Look for updates on programming here, as well as project staff reports "from the field."  If you have questions about specific presentations or would like to schedule one for your group, please contact Ken.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Le Flambeau

One of the pleasures of evaluating items for scanning is the opportunity to examine some truly fascinating items. Le Flambeau is particularly memorable, not just because of the unexpected burlap cover, but due to the contents themselves.

UNC only possesses the 1917 edition of Le Flambeau, the yearbook of St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines in Asheville, NC. Founded by nuns of the Religious of Christian Education in 1908, St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines would continue until 1971, and its lineage is preserved by the Carolina Day School. Among its alumnae is the author Gail Godwin.

According to the forward, the 1917 edition of Le Flambeau was the school's first yearbook, and was thus somewhat experimental in nature. This volume contains a variety of photographs and illustrations, as well as compositions in both English and French. These items provide a wealth of information about both the students and their daily lives.

The list of superlatives (called "statistics") provide interesting examples of which traits the students considered noteworthy: not only were there separate categories for "The Prettiest Blonde" and "The Prettiest Brunette", but there were also categories for "The Best Athlete" and "The Frenchiest." The student compositions include short stories, poems, histories of the school as a whole and of the 1917 school year, as well as a parody of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

But perhaps the most important aspect of Le Flambeau for this blog post is its reminder that these objects are not just representations of history, but physical objects with histories of their own. In order to defray costs, Le Flambeau included paid advertising. Apparently this advertising was successful in at least one case, because UNC's copy of the 1917 edition of Le Flambeau has had numerous advertisements cut out by an unknown person. See the image below as one example:

Le Flambeau is hardly the only case where an item that we intended to scan for the project is missing material. Materials in our libraries' collections come in a wide variety of conditions. In addition to pictures, articles, or even entire pages being cut out, more mundane problems, such as holes, water, or other damage, can destroy text or otherwise render it illegible.  In those cases, we have several options. If we have access to additional copies of an item, we can attempt to find a more complete version to scan. In at least one case, we found two copies, each missing different pages, and used sections from both so that one could supplement the other to make a complete copy. But sometimes, as with the 1917 edition of Le Flambeau, we have no choice but to digitize what we have. Items such as these are too interesting and useful to ignore just because of a few imperfections. To browse other items we have digitized, visit the Religion in North Carolina project at the Internet archives.

Neufeld, R. (2008, September 23). St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines' centennial stirs up school spirit.  Asheville Citizen-Times