I found this image on Flickr (link at end of post). There were also images of other theaters in NC from the 60’s-80’s. I definitely spent a lot of time at the Charlotte theaters displayed on the page.
I stumbled upon this picture of Drake Theater in Wilson from the 1960’s while researching an earlier blog post. It was one of the few grindhouse theaters in NC (I read that there was another one in Kinston called the Paramount). What was a grindhouse theater? It was a theater that mostly played B movies. Think exploitation films (sex, violence and romance).
According to historian David Church, this theater type was named after the “grind policy,” a film-programming strategy dating back to the early 1920s, which offered continuous showings of films at cut-rate ticket prices that typically rose over the course of each day. This exhibition practice was markedly different from the era’s more common exhibition practice of fewer shows per day and graduated pricing for different seating sections of large urban theaters. (David Church, “From Exhibition to Genre: The Case of Grind-House Films,” Cinema Journal, vol. 50, no. 4 (2011): https://www.academia.edu/6632128/From_Exhibition_to_Genre_The_Case_of_Grind-House_Films. Also see David Church, Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video, and Exploitation Film Fandom (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
The Drake was originally the Carolina Theater which opened in 1930 but became that Drake Theater in ca. 1943. The Drake came to an end in the mid 1970’s after becoming more of a XXX theater.
Here is a link to an article on the theater and a link to the Flickr page that I found the image.
Class at Noble’s. The boy to the back right of the boy with the black suit is James Willard Williams
This photo was taken in the 1920’s. The church was near Sims and I believe that Noble’s Baptist Church is now at the site.
A patron came by yesterday with a photograph of a group of students at Noble’s Chapel. Her great grandfather, named James Willard Williams, is in the picture. She told me that he was born in 1909 which led to the 1918 date of the image. The patron didn’t have much information on the Chapel, but I found an image in our collection of the outside of the building, which is now, supposedly, no longer standing.
My favorite tools are the draw knife and the antique bee smoker.
Created a display of historic farming tools in the first floor display cabinet. Lewis Neal, Wilson County local history collector extraordinaire, was kind enough to let me borrow several tools from his collection. The farming tools are from different eras of Wilson’s past (those eras being cotton and tobacco) with some other odds and ends thrown in.
My flier is included in the chapter on Virtual Solutions.
Hot off the American Library Association Editions press is the newest in the ALA Guides for the Busy Librarian series titled, Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries by Kathy Marquis and Leslie Waggener. Not only is it a great resource for a local history reference librarian, it also features the Wilson County Local History and Genealogy Room! Thanks to this blog the authors from Wyoming were able to see a flyer that I made for the WCLH&G Room and wanted it in their book because they thought it was a “… great example for our chapter on “virtual solutions” for outreach and access, particularly your clever re-use of Office of War Information propaganda posters.” I am very happy that they chose my flier to be in their great resource.
The Connor family. Kate Connor, at the very top with her husband, Judge Henry Connor, was the first president of the Wilson Library Association. Elizabeth Connor is married to Kate’s son, one of her 12 children, and was the the president of the Wilson Woman’s Club when the library was first opened in 1921. The library would be run by the Wilson Woman’s Club until 1939.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of giving a talk titled, “The Relationship between the Wilson Woman’s Club and the Wilson County Public Library.” it was in celebration of the Wilson Woman’s Club’s 100th anniversary. There was a nice crowd of 35-40 people, mostly from the Woman’s Club and the Friends of the Library and here are some of the highlights.
Beginnings of the Wilson Woman’s Club
Assistant Mattie Moss, Librarian Nancy Gray and a student manning the front desk not long after the library had opened in December, 1939.
The stacks in 1945.