Local History of Mooresville NC

The Local History & Archives was started in 2005 with the expansion of the Mooresville Public Library. The LHA was the result of the need to have a central repository for the local history and genealogy of Mooresville and Southern Iredell County.

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11/03/2021

Just in time for #VeteransDay, join SLNC Government & Heritage Library staff for a virtual presentation on Fold3. Date/Time: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:00am.
Fold3 is an online historical collection and searchable database that focuses on military records from the colonial era through recent conflict periods. This vast collection of records, from the U.S. National Archives and other international contributors, includes service records, photographs, personal documents, and stories of the people who have served.
During this live educational session, we will focus on Fold3’s key collections and share strategies for searching and finding records that can help with your North Carolina research. We'll take a virtual field trip to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the USS Arizona Memorial, and we’ll wrap up by showing you how to commemorate a veteran on the U.S. Honor Wall. #genealogy
To register: https://statelibrary-ncdcr.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdeqsqjMiHBbUJL9_E2dvBOzC5LWRQIQ
This program will be recorded and will be available to view after the event is complete on the State Library's YouTube channel, youtube.com/statelibrarync.

Just in time for #VeteransDay, join SLNC Government & Heritage Library staff for a virtual presentation on Fold3. Date/Time: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:00am.
Fold3 is an online historical collection and searchable database that focuses on military records from the colonial era through recent conflict periods. This vast collection of records, from the U.S. National Archives and other international contributors, includes service records, photographs, personal documents, and stories of the people who have served.
During this live educational session, we will focus on Fold3’s key collections and share strategies for searching and finding records that can help with your North Carolina research. We'll take a virtual field trip to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and the USS Arizona Memorial, and we’ll wrap up by showing you how to commemorate a veteran on the U.S. Honor Wall. #genealogy
To register: https://statelibrary-ncdcr.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsdeqsqjMiHBbUJL9_E2dvBOzC5LWRQIQ
This program will be recorded and will be available to view after the event is complete on the State Library's YouTube channel, youtube.com/statelibrarync.

10/27/2021

In celebration of #ArchivesMonth today's Image comes to us from Patricia T. Byers. Taken in 1930 this image shows grades 3, 4, and 5 at Oak Ridge School in Mooresville. While the names of most of the students are not known at this time we do know the name of the student on the second row, second in from the left -- Martin Luther Nantz, Jr. We are searching for names of the others in the photograph as well as more information on the school. Give us a shout if you can help us out! #localhistory

In celebration of #ArchivesMonth today's Image comes to us from Patricia T. Byers. Taken in 1930 this image shows grades 3, 4, and 5 at Oak Ridge School in Mooresville. While the names of most of the students are not known at this time we do know the name of the student on the second row, second in from the left -- Martin Luther Nantz, Jr. We are searching for names of the others in the photograph as well as more information on the school. Give us a shout if you can help us out! #localhistory

Photos from Local History of Mooresville NC's post 10/20/2021

An exhibit showcasing some of the newest creations from Mooresville's #Miniatures Club is now on display in the Williams Wing. Come by and check it out -- all ages are welcome! And let's see who's paying attention: What movie are they watching in the outdoor living scene? #localhistory

10/13/2021

Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! Our archivists are waiting for YOUR questions. Comment below, message us or email us! We also have a handy little form for these kinds of questions, if you are so inclined: https://mooresvillenc.gov/FormCenter/Library-3/Ask-An-Archivist-96 #ArchivesMonth

Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! Our archivists are waiting for YOUR questions. Comment below, message us or email us! We also have a handy little form for these kinds of questions, if you are so inclined: https://mooresvillenc.gov/FormCenter/Library-3/Ask-An-Archivist-96 #ArchivesMonth

Photos from Local History of Mooresville NC's post 10/06/2021

October is American Archives Month! Photographs are a rich source of information about our individual heritage and collective history. Here are some tips from the Society of American Archivists on how to preserve your family photos! #ArchivesMonth #genealogy

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Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Curious about what was happening in Mooresville 20 years ago on 9/11? Check out the Mooresville Tribune from September 2001, which can be found in our online gallery: https://cdm16711.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16711coll7/id/42314/rec/1 #archives #localhistory

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9/11 Interactive Timelines 09/22/2021

9/11 Interactive Timelines

9/11 Interactive Timelines September 11 Attack Timeline. On September 11, 2001, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center and a third plane into the Pentagon. After learning of the other attacks, passe...

9/11 Interactive Timelines 09/22/2021

9/11 Interactive Timelines

Three interactive timelines from the 9/11 Memorial website feature objects, images, video, and first-hand accounts from people who witnessed the events unfold. September 11 Attack Timeline, Recovery at Ground Zero Timeline, and 1993 WTC Bombing Timeline can all be found at:
https://timeline.911memorial.org/#FrontPage
#911Memorial #911Museum

9/11 Interactive Timelines September 11 Attack Timeline. On September 11, 2001, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center and a third plane into the Pentagon. After learning of the other attacks, passe...

Catawba 100 Promo 30 v2 09/16/2021

Catawba 100 Promo 30 v2

PBS Charlotte will be presenting their newest Living History documentary, Catawba 100: Our Century on the River, Saturday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m., which includes a cameo appearance by our very own Andy Poore! Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuJFlzuUxSY

Catawba 100 Promo 30 v2 The newest Living History documentary from @WTVIPBSCLT, Catawba 100, Our Century on the River, airs September 18 at 7 PM!

09/15/2021

9/11 Primer | National September 11 Memorial & Museum

An excellent resource for all ages, the 9/11 Primer provides educators and online learners with foundational information about the World Trade Center and the Twin Towers, the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath, and the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.
The 9/11 Primer is divided into six thematic modules, each with a range of educational resources that help learners understand the events of 9/11, the antecedents of the attacks, and the ongoing repercussions of that day. The types of resources presented include primary sources, first-person video stories, public program video recordings, lesson plans, interactive timelines, and object highlights. Recommended grade levels for each resource are provided.
https://www.911memorial.org/learn/resources/911-primer
#911Memorial #911Museum

9/11 Primer | National September 11 Memorial & Museum In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, the Museum requires all visitors age 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to enter. Masks are required in the Museum for all visitors over the age of two. Masks are not required outdoors on the Memorial plaza for those who are fully vacci...

09/08/2021

Anniversary in the Schools Webinar | National September 11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial Museum will host their annual Anniversary in the Schools webinar in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 beginning Friday, September 10, 2021.
The program features a series of first-person stories from first responders, family members, and survivors, providing audiences around the world a meaningful way to learn about 9/11 and appreciate the importance of commemoration. The program is available on-demand and is supplemented by a live chat with the Museum’s Education staff, who are available to answer questions in real-time on September 10 & 11, 2021. #911Memorial #911Museum
To learn more, please visit https://www.911memorial.org/learn/students-and-teachers/anniversary-schools-webinar
To register for the webinar go to:
https://911memorialmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/m1qwhfwj1ccj1bu/

Anniversary in the Schools Webinar | National September 11 Memorial & Museum Note for screen reader users: once expanded, the first four items of the navigation menu have some associated content which may provide additional information of interest. These sections can be located by jumping to the level 3 heading which follows each sub-menu.

09/01/2021

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mooresville Public Library is hosting a poster exhibit entitled "September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World," on display now in the main hall. The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. This educational exhibition presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. National September 11 Memorial & Museum
To learn more visit the 9/11 Memorial website: https://www.911memorial.org/learn/resources/digital-exhibitions/september-11-
2001-day-changed-world
#911Memorial #911Museum

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mooresville Public Library is hosting a poster exhibit entitled "September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World," on display now in the main hall. The poster exhibition was developed by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom. This educational exhibition presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. National September 11 Memorial & Museum
To learn more visit the 9/11 Memorial website: https://www.911memorial.org/learn/resources/digital-exhibitions/september-11-
2001-day-changed-world
#911Memorial #911Museum

Records Relating to Amelia Earhart 08/25/2021

Records Relating to Amelia Earhart

On this date 89 years ago, Amelia Earhart set the women's record for the fastest non-stop transcontinental flight (Los Angeles, California to Newark, New Jersey) in 19 hours and 5 minutes (August 24-25, 1932). A few years later, Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared during their attempt at a round-the-world flight in July 1937. The National Archives contains records relating to the proposed flight and the search for their airplane. Check it out here: https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/earhart
#archives #history

Records Relating to Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappeared during their attempt at a round-the-world flight in July 1937. The National Archives contains records relating to the proposed flight and the search for their airplane. Enlarge "Amelia Earhart prior to last takeoff." Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, RG 26,....

Photos from Local History of Mooresville NC's post 08/18/2021

100 years ago today... The Mooresville Tribune was known as the Mooresville Enterprise and you could subscribe to it for $1.50 per year.
John T. McNeely's building at the corner of Main and Moore was destroyed by fire, affecting 7 small businesses, including Mr. McNeely's trading stables.
Striking mill workers began returning to work in Concord and Kannapolis.
Marine Sgt. Thomas J. Jones of Scottsville, NC broke the world record for consecutive bulls-eyes with a string of 131.
The "Local Briefs" section was where to find out what your friends and neighbors were up to, for example:
The Turlingtons were visiting relatives in Raleigh and Benson.
A.M. Henderson purchased the controlling interest in the Mooresville Cash Grocery from W.P. Carpenter.
Minnie and Katherine Templeton moved into their new home on Acadamy Street.
#localhistory and #genealogy goldmine!
We're curious... what's your favorite part of these historic newspapers? You can find the full copy of this paper in our online gallery at: https://cdm16711.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16711coll7/id/833/rec/1

Cemetery Research: Planning a Research Visit 08/11/2021

Cemetery Research: Planning a Research Visit

#genealogy tip: If you’re getting ready to visit a cemetery to find a family member’s headstone, then this short video by RootsTech by FamilySearch will help prepare you for your trip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKi3LYZlNY4

Cemetery Research: Planning a Research Visit Cemeteries are an extended resource for the family tree. Learn how to locate and prepare for a trip to the family burial site.Cemetery Research: Cemetery and...

Photos from Local History of Mooresville NC's post 08/04/2021

Today's #archives Question: What is the oldest standing structure in downtown Mooresville?
If you said D.E. Turner's you are in the right century but still not old enough. The Melchor house on the corner of Institute and Main Street. The house, originally built in 1855 and expanded by the family over the next century and a half, is the oldest standing structure in Downtown Mooresville. Starting with the Oaks Roller Mill (now Bay State Flour) in their front yard to running a school in the Central Hotel to operating a boarding house in their home; the Melchor family has been a part of #mooresvillenc history since before the Town was incorporated. Today's images are a few from the family over the years.

Photos from Local History of Mooresville NC's post 07/28/2021

Did you know? July is our birthday month! As we head into our 16th year, we wanted to say thank you to all who have donated to and supported the #archives here at Mooresville Public Library. Your encouragement and enthusiasm for the work we do means the world to us. Your support has enabled us to help so many people discover their family roots, learn about the history of our town, uncover hidden secrets about their homes, and understand why folks here are proud to call #mooresvillenc home. We look forward to another 16 years!

Photos from Local History of Mooresville NC's post 07/21/2021

97 Years ago in February 1924, DeLuxe Ice Cream Company was started and in honor of July 18, National Ice Cream Day, we, #archives, thought it would be nice to share a "bite" of the past from the Town's first ice cream plant. The images are from various events in the plant's history such as the introduction of Texas Pete Pecan Ice Cream and the installation of new machinery. The newspaper clippings can be found at https://cdm16711.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16711coll7. The images are shared by the R.C. Millsaps, Jr. family. #localhistory

07/14/2021

115 years ago on July 16, 1916 the western part of North Carolina experienced a flood which left unprecedented destruction in its wake. Rail lines from Statesville to Asheville were completely disrupted, bridges along the Catawba, Yadkin and French Broad Rivers were ripped away, and agricultural crops were decimated. In "So Great the Devastation" by Jessica Bandel, available to view in our #localhistory and #archives room, you can read about the flood and see images of the damage, but you will also find stories about neighbor helping neighbor, heroic rescues, and efforts to rebuild that demonstrate the resilience of North Carolinians. Want to see more? Check out this story map about the flood of 1916 created by the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS): https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/bcb2e5373c21491c9e68e96a8156d92b

115 years ago on July 16, 1916 the western part of North Carolina experienced a flood which left unprecedented destruction in its wake. Rail lines from Statesville to Asheville were completely disrupted, bridges along the Catawba, Yadkin and French Broad Rivers were ripped away, and agricultural crops were decimated. In "So Great the Devastation" by Jessica Bandel, available to view in our #localhistory and #archives room, you can read about the flood and see images of the damage, but you will also find stories about neighbor helping neighbor, heroic rescues, and efforts to rebuild that demonstrate the resilience of North Carolinians. Want to see more? Check out this story map about the flood of 1916 created by the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS): https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/bcb2e5373c21491c9e68e96a8156d92b

Our Story

The Special Collections started in 2005 with the expansion of the Mooresville Public Library. We were created as a result of the need and desire to have a central repository for the local history and genealogy of Mooresville and the community. We achieve this through collecting, preserving, and promoting the history of Mooresville and the surrounding area. The Special Collections collects and preserves photographs, film, tapes, art work, letters, manuscripts, scrapbooks, books, maps, oral histories, documents, and other like items.

Our vision: Making the Past Present. Our Mission: The Special Collections exists as the main repository of the archives, records and historical documents for the people and communities of Southern Iredell, the Library and the Town of Mooresville as well as the residents and businesses of Mooresville.

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