Busy Weekend for Special Collections & Archives!

This past weekend, Special Collections & Archives participated in two different outreach events around the Triad. We started the weekend on Saturday in Greensboro at the Greensboro History Center, and finished up on Sunday in Winston at Bailey Park. For those who didn’t make it out to the festivities, here’s a recap of both events!

Triad History Day (Greensboro History Center)

The First Triad History was held this past Saturday at the Greensboro History Center. Special Collections & Archives participated by having a pop-up exhibit featuring Dr. Maya Angelou on the second floor of the center. This event was organized by faculty and staff at UNC Greensboro. Tanya and Rebecca were there for the day to talk about Special Collections & Archives, and also attend and moderate presentations on Triad History. Other exhibitors included Winston-Salem State University, Forsyth County Public Library, the Moravian Archives, Elon University, UNCG, Bennett College, NC A&T, Guilford College, and more. Visitors were encouraged to talk to the exhibitors, listen in on the presentations, and also had the opportunity to scan their photos or participate in oral histories.

ZSR Special Collections at the Triad History Center
Triad History Day exhibit featuring Dr. Maya Angelou

This was a very successful first Triad History Day and I’m sure the planning for a second one is already in the works. It was a great day interacting with the public as well as learning what other local institutions are up to. We were definitely inspired to think of ways to collaborate with other Triad history keepers on outreach and public programming in the future.

Garden Party (Bailey Park, Wake Downtown) for Dr. Maya Angelou’s Birthday

The Second Annual Garden Party to honor Dr. Maya Angelou took place this past Sunday, April 7, in honor of the 91st birthday of Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest for more than 30 years.  There was live music, poetry readings, lawn games, and Special Collections & Archives was there with a pop up exhibit featuring manuscript and photograph reproductions from Dr. Angelou’s papers. Tanya also participated in the poetry reading and shared a revised stage version of Dr. Angelou’s Still I Rise.

Maya Angelou Garden Party 2019
Tanya and Hu hold up the exhibit for Dr. Maya Angelou at the Garden Party

Special thanks to Hu Womack (ZSR Outreach Librarian), Clay Hamilton (Presidential Fellow, Wake Downtown), Alana James (Associate Director-Community Engagement, Wake Downtown), and the ZSR Ambassadors for organizing everything and helping us with this event. Nearly 200 people were there, and we are already looking forward to next year!