This week was similar to my last week of work. I continued to work on the itineraries for visitors to Hillsborough. I also began compiling the list of elementary school teachers and their emails. This list will be an outreach resource that can be used to contact the teachers about the potential of bringing their students to Historic Hillsborough for a tour and to learn more about its rich history. My next step in that process will be to begin drafting the letter that will make its way to those teachers, which will explain the possibilities available to them through the Alliance.
On Thursday of this week I attended a research workshop at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The workshop was organized by the Chapel Hill Preservation Society and was offered to the HHA’s interns as well. At first I was skeptical as to what we could learn from UNC, but I soon found that they have historical information on all of North Carolina.
I, along with my fellow HHA intern and two CHPS interns, learned all that Wilson Library on UNC’s campus has to offer in the way of historical information and how to access it. Sanborn maps, personal correspondence, and newspaper microfilm are all available to us either online, or in person at the library. The Sanborn maps are especially intriguing as they offer the opportunity to look back at the physical plot of the town of Hillsborough dating back to the 1800’s. I can certainly use this information as I continue through my work in this internship.
Here is the link to the website for Historic Hillsborough. It is one of the projects they are currently trying to work on, but it does offer a good overview. The Itineraries that I am writing will be posted to the website once they have been reviewed and approved. http://www.visithillsboroughnc.com/