Letter: New office promotes history

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

To the editor:

The Tar River Center for History and Culture is a new office at Louisburg College that seeks to bring people in the Upper Tar River region together around a sense of shared history. To that end, we have begun two initiatives that should be of interest to the readers of The Dispatch.

First, the TRCHC has begun the Upper Tar River Region Calendar of Cultural Events. This online calendar is available on the center’s website at louisburg.edu/tarrivercenter. One can go to the calendar to learn about cultural events in Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Vance and Warren counties. The calendar contains a link that cultural groups can use to submit information about their events. Users may wish to bookmark the calendar in their web browsers and refer to the calendar often, to make sure that they do not miss art exhibits, concerts, lectures and other exciting events.

“The Early Development of the Tar River Valley of North Carolina” is the theme of the annual lecture series sponsored by the TRCHC. Beginning in September and concluding in March 2015, the series will include talks by well-known scholars on the geology of the region and how it has affected human development, native American settlements along the Tar River, the 18th century architecture of the region, and protests by disgruntled settlers in the mid-1700s. All lectures, which will be held in the Benson Chapel of Louisburg College, are free and open to the public. Details are available on the TRCHC website.

Maury York