Since others have already posted about NCLA, I thought I would use my post to talk about an exciting program I attended by Shanta Alvarez and Patrick Rudd from Elon University. This program focused on the use of primary sources in classes, most notably, the Cable School, a restored 1850s schoolhouse that was part of the first public school system in North Carolina, known as the Common Schools.

Courtesy of Elon School of Education: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/education/outreach/default.xhtml

Along with using the Cable School to teach about education, for Elon’s 125th anniversary, students in a first year English class wrote stories about buildings on campus. Additionally, photos of mills and mill villages from the LEARN NC collection were used by students as primary sources in field work in the school system.

As a result of attending this session, I would like to try the research and writing assignment around campus buildings with LIB100 students at WFU as a way of introducing both primary sources and Special Collections to them!