Past Times

Past Times

NC hotel served as German internment camp during WWI

When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, a number of German civilians found themselves in “enemy territory” and were detained at the internment camp set up at the Mountain Park Hotel in Hot Springs. A special report in The News & Observer took a look at conditions of the camp.

Past Times

St. Agnes Hospital fought to serve

The historic St. Agnes Hospital will be the subject of a program called “Envision Saint Agnes,” hosted by St. Augustine’s University and the City of Raleigh’s Office of Raleigh Arts on April 8. In 1953, writer Margaret Haywood took a look at the history of the then-57-year-old institution.

Past Times

Symphony conductor was a man of many talents

A historical marker on Person Street near the Governor’s Mansion honors Raleigh native Lamar Stringfield. A Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Stringfield helped organize the North Carolina Symphony and served as its first conductor. He also composed the music for Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony.” In 1949, writer Mae Finch visited Stringfield in his Charlotte home/workshop and found quite an interesting character.

Past Times

Sir Walter Cabinet has its own traditions

For more than a hundred years, the opening of each legislative session has coincided with the reconvening of the Sir Walter Cabinet, comprised of spouses of elected state officials. In 1965, writer Meredith Council took a look at the origins of the organization.

Videos

Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest

Watch a 2009 video from VisitNC showing scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's Corner, NC.
Photo from the News & Observer, Video from VisitNC
Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest 2:30

Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest

FDR dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park 0:42

FDR dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Managing waste and odors from hog farm lagoons 1:37

Managing waste and odors from hog farm lagoons

Duplin County hog farmer works to balance production and environmental regulations 1:43

Duplin County hog farmer works to balance production and environmental regulations