We’ve just gotten some exciting news! I’m pleased to share that the North Carolina Collection has been awarded a grant by the North Carolina Humanities Council to support a web publishing project entitled Worth 1,000 Words: Essays on the Photographs of Hugh Morton. The grant funds will be used exclusively to hire a group of scholars and writers to produce thirteen essays (1,000-1,500-words long, based on 3-5 images), highlighting some of the predominant themes represented in the Hugh Morton photographic collection. The essays will be published online as part of this very blog, A View to Hugh. The plan is for a new essay to be posted approximately bi-weekly between January and July, 2010.
We think that the essays produced through the Worth 1,000 Words project will greatly enhance the discoverability of the collection, providing historical and cultural context and analysis of Hugh Morton’s fantastic images, while also demonstrating the value of visual resources for research and education. From the very beginning, we envisioned this project as interactive, hoping to take full advantage of the blog format. Our authors will not be writing into a void — you, as readers, will be able to comment, respond, object, ask questions . . . instead of just sitting there as static documents, the essays will provide jumping-off points for conversation, reflection, and exploration of our state’s culture and history.
We are thrilled that the Humanities Council has agreed to support this somewhat non-traditional publishing project, and would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to them!
View a list of essay authors and topics after the jump.
Authors/Essays for Worth 1,000 Words:
1. Richard Starnes (Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at Western Carolina University specializing in southern history and Appalachia, author of Creating the Land of the Sky: Tourism and Society in Western North Carolina) on tourism in western North Carolina
2. Janis Holder (independent writer/researcher, former University Archivist, UNC-Chapel Hill, curator of A Nursery of Patriotism: the University at War, 1861-1945 exhibit) on UNC-Chapel Hill during World War II
3. Rob Christensen on North Carolina political history. Rob has been writing about North Carolina politics as a reporter and a columnist for 36 years for the News and Observer and the Charlotte Observer; his book The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics won the N.C. Literary and Historical Association’s Ragan Old North State Award Cup for the best work of nonfiction in 2008.
6. Anne Mitchell Whisnant (author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History and UNC-Chapel Hill administrator and adjunct faculty member in History, also advising humanities scholar for the NCHC project) on the Blue Ridge Parkway
7. Andrew Denson (Assistant Professor of History at Western Carolina University, specializing in Native American history and the 19th-century U.S.) on Cherokee Indians in NC
8. Drew Swanson (doctoral candidate in history at the University of Georgia, fellow for the Wormsloe Institute of Environmental History; also former employee at Grandfather Mountain) on the environmental and commercial history of Grandfather Mountain
10. Alan Weakley (plant systematist, floristician, and community ecologist specializing in the Southeastern U.S.; Curator and Adjunct Assistant Professor UNC Herbarium, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Department of Biology) on North Carolina native plants and plant conservation
11. Celeste Ray (Professor of Anthropology, University of the South, specializing in ethnic studies of Ireland, Scotland and the American South, ethnoecology and sacred landscapes) on Scottish heritage/identity in the North Carolina mountains
12. Randy Johnson (originator of the trails system at Grandfather Mountain, journalist, author of numerous guidebooks, photojournalist, magazine editor, and trail professional) on Hugh Morton’s later environmental work
13. David Haney and Lisa Baldwin on Appalachian traditional music and musicians. Haney is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of English and Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University, as well as a musician and author on topics of philosophy, literature, and bluegrass music. Lisa NMN Baldwin is a student in the masters program in Appalachian Studies at ASU. She has taught elementary school for 30 years, is the founder of “Learning Through Song,” a music education program, and is a musician and songwriter who performs with Dave Haney and others.