Hayes-Taylor YMCA Achievers Banquet

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Stephen Catlett and David Gwynn from the digital projects unit had the honor of attending the annual Achievers Program banquet held by the Hayes-Taylor YMCA at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering of in Greensboro on Saturday 16 May. We had the privilege of introducing Jamon Oxendine-Blackmon, a student at the Triad Math and Science Academy, who has been participating in the DGH Explorers (Digitizing Greensboro History) digitization project as part of the Achievers Program.

This is an outstanding group of young people who are doing quite amazing things, and it has been a pleasure working with them--as well as with the staff and volunteers at Hayes-Taylor--over the past few months. The project will continue into the summer for our DGH group.

The program also featured an inspirational keynote address by Dr. Drewry Vincent of Greensboro. The mentors and volunteers for the Achievers Program were recognized, as was Mr. Felton Foushee, the program director.

The following video documents some of the program's activities over the past year:

Explorers digitizing Greensboro history

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By Stephen Catlett


The UNCG-Hayes-Taylor IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant has gotten off to a great start since we officially launched to the public on February 21. Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson generously agreed to help kick off our project that day, and within a week we had a select group of seven students from the Y's Achievers program. 

These DGH Explorers (Digitizing Greensboro History) have already participated in a lively history conversation with Community Historian Linda Evans of the Greensboro Historical Museum on March 7. And since then have received training on the use of digital cameras and scanners. We started with the actual capturing of some of the Y's own history, digitizing photographs and newspaper clippings on April 4.



Our first "In The Field" session took place last night (April 16) at the law office of local lawyer Richard Gabriel, of Gabriel Berry Weston and Wells. Mr. Gabriel's father, George, operated two small grocery stores on East Market and East Washington Streets after 1940. Richard worked closely with his father and mother and has wonderful stories and information about East Greensboro, especially the vibrant business community as it existed before Urban Renewal destroyed it in the 1960s and 1970s. His father was well respected in the community, especially with the Bennett College students. They autographed Mr. Gabriel's personal copies of the Bennett yearbook, thanking him for his generosity, especially in providing store credit. As one student wrote: "Without your store I would have gone hungry plenty of nights."

We plan to capture more history in the next two months, but it has been especially gratifying working with these young students, who are very inspiring.

Community collections (SNCA presentation)

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Recent presentation to the Society of North Carolina Archivists on community collaboration and outreach through our collections:

Vintage Viands results

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Join us in congratulating the winners of the best and worst recipes for Vintage Viands! The best recipe goes to Bailey Crumpton for Gingersnap Balls which can be found here: http://bit.ly/17b9DU8 on page 11. The worst recipes goes to Paul Hessling (pictured) for his Turkey (Chicken) Aspic (also pictured) which can be found here: http://bit.ly/10yf6Rn on page 4. Thank you all for your participation and we hope to see everyone next year!

Also, if you want to see some pictures of the event (thank you, Cheryl), they are on our Facebook page and Flickr.

Vintage Viands!

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This Friday in Jackson Library, the digital projects team will be hosting Vintage Viands, a taste-testing exhibit featuring recipes from the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) Home Economics Pamphlets Collection. In addition to the food,  SCUA will be displaying some of the actual pamphlets and there will also be laptops available so guests can view the digital collection.

Come early before the food is gone!