RALEIGH, NC July 22, 2013 – An arsonist ignited a devastating fire at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville in July 1998. Steps prior to the fire at the state historic site helped prevent irreversible damage. In the webinar, “The Thomas Wolfe Memorial 15 Years Later,” Martha Jackson, chief curator with the N.C. Division of State Historic Sites, will discuss lessons learned from that organization’s disaster recovery on Thursday, July 25, at 2 p.m.
The Wolfe Memorial experience is a fantastic case study in restoration that brought the 1914 vintage house closer to the house Wolfe would have known. The national Heritage Preservation program are hosting the webinar, and North Carolina’s Connecting to Collections program and Western Regional Office of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources is hosting a screening. Citizens may participate at the Western Regional Office or online.
You do not need to be an online community member to participate in this webinar. Information on participating in the live online event is at http://www.connectingtocollections.org/thomaswolfefire/. Simply click on the green “Access Meeting Room” button on the right side of the home page, then enter your name and click on “enter.” You will be redirected to the webinar. If you have difficulty, take a look at the technical check page.
Since 2010, Cultural Resources has led the C2C project to guide North Carolina archives, museums, libraries, and historic sites with disaster preparedness, preservation of collections, and disaster recovery. A federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the Connecting to Collections Initiative makes this forum possible. The N.C. Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, also supports Connecting to Collections programs.
For information call (919) 807-7289.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov