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Welcome to North Carolina Humanities Council's E-Newsletter

Greetings and welcome to the first edition of the Council's twice monthly published E-Newsletter! We are excited to have a new avenue to share our upcoming events and Council updates with our readers.  If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like to see in upcoming newsletters, please email We hope you enjoy!

Linda Flowers Literary Award Submissions

The Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is July 15, 2014. The Council will award the author of the winning entry a cash prize of $500 & support towards a weeklong writer's residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines. There is no entry fee. Read more

Spotlight on New Road Scholars

 Dr. Melinda Ratchford

Melinda Ratchford, Ed.D.

Dr. Ratchford is an associate professor at Belmont Abbey College and is new to the Road Scholars circuit with programs featuring Titanic: Ship of Dreams and Camelot: The Myth and Mystique of the Kennedys. Read more about Dr. Rachtford and her programs on the Council's website.

 Dr. Robert Miller

 Dr. Miller, Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is an expert on Urban Forestry and will be speaking on the topics: For a Simple Glass of Water, The Science of Climate Change, and Where Have All the Longleaf Gone? Read more

Humanities Council Announces Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America Statewide Exhibition

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, begins a year-long tour throughout North Carolina in February 2015.

The six Hometown Teams host sites include:

  1. Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, Mount  Airy (Feb 28 - Apr 11, 2015)

  2. Wake Forest Historical Museum, Wake Forest (Apr 16 – May 31)

  3. Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury (Jun 4 – July 19)

  4. Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, Harkers Island (Jul 25 – Sept 6)

  5. Transylvania County Library, Brevard (Sept 10 – Oct 24)

  6. Iredell County Public Library, Statesville (Oct 29 – Dec 12)

June 10, 2014  

In This Issue:


  • Amanda Biddix, from Harris Middle School in Mitchell County, won 1st place with her documentary, Sam Ervin, Defender of the Constitution. She will attend “Breakfast on the Hill,” a ceremony in Washington, DC sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on June 18th.
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