This past week, SCOSAA visited the North Carolina Collection Gallery at UNC's Wilson Library for a private viewing of the current exhibit, Where is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race, and Rural Life in North Carolina, led by Benjamin Filene, Associate Professor and Director of Public History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Linda Jacobson, Keeper of the North Carolina Collection Gallery.
UNC maintains a wealth of information surrounding Tobe, including a large photography collection. For this exhibit, Dr. Filene wanted to find the people in the story and their descendants, and learn how this book affected them. Further, the exhibit looks at the historical impact this book had on children’s literature. Dr. Filene noted that any good exhibit has the ability to tell the story quickly – in about 35 seconds – but also could pull in the audience with items that have a tension or double meaning to them. It took about five months to choose the pieces for the exhibit and arrange them so that they tell the story effectively.
Where is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race and Rural Life in North Carolina will be on display through March 1, 2015 at the Wilson Library's North Carolina Collection Gallery, and is free to the public.
This post was contributed by Holly Croft, an MSLS student pursuing the concentration in archives and records management and a certificate in nonprofit leadership. She is currently the Digitization Projects Intern at Campbell University, and is a member of SAA's Students and New Archiving Professionals Steering Committee. Find her on Twitter at @HollyCroft.