Papers (1961-2007) of the Halifax County Historical Association (N.C.) including correspondence of general nature concerned with group tours, bibliography sketch, financial records, membership rolls, itineraries etc. Various historical documents, photographs, ephemera and clippings relate to the history of Halifax County including Rosenwald schools and Brick School among many other topics (1816-2011). Other items (1972-2011) such as manuscripts, printed materials, computer diskettes, and a DVD concern the work of Maxville Burt Williams, a social studies teacher, principal, author and playwright and his works relating to the history of Halifax County, North Carolina, including First For Freedom a play about the Halifax Resolves of 1776; The Struggle, a play about Halifax County during the American Revolution; and The Schroonchers, a play about Eastern North Carolina in the summer of 1948.
The Halifax County Historical Association was organized during the months of July and August of 1966 in Halifax County, North Carolina, by Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives. This organization was created to kindle a deeper interest in the rich history of Halifax County.
Correspondence in the collection is of general nature and is primarily concerned with the formation of group tours and with the obtaining of guest speakers for the dinner meetings of the Association. However, of interest is a letter (24 April 1967) expressing the desire that the "Grove House," home of the patriot Willie Jones, should be restored. Another letter (5 May 1969) contains information on the Haliwa Indians of Halifax and Warren Counties. Other letters cite the involvement of Halifax County in the Civil War, and the activities of James O'Hara, a Negro congressman from Halifax County during Reconstruction (13 November 1969).
Newspaper clippings contained in this collection are divided into two sections. The first group deals with the activities of the Halifax County Historical Association itself, while the second contains newspaper coverage of the Halifax Day Celebrations from 1967 through 1969. Activities of the Association include bus tours of Halifax County, Raleigh, and Washington, D.C., and dinner speeches by such people as Madame Suzanne Silvercruys, internationally known sculptor from Belgium, and Sir John Wedgwood, an authority on the interior decoration of the eighteenth century. Of interest is a clipping that contains a biographical sketch of Dr. William Wills, who was an eminent Methodist minister of Halifax County after Reconstruction era. Newspaper coverage of the Halifax Day Celebrations include information concerning the Halifax Resolves and biographical sketch of William R. Davie; Hutchins Burton of Halifax County, governor of North Carolina from 1825 to 18827; and Joseph Montford, first Colonial Clerk of Halifax County and the first and only Provincial Grand Master of the Masons for North America.
Miscellaneous material includes minutes, financial records, membership roles, tour itineraries, leaflets of historical sites, and news releases. Other items of interest include a history of the town of Halifax, North Carolina; a history of Halifax County in the 1920s; a history of the Weldon United Methodist Church (1959-1970); a copy of the deed to "The Grove," home of Willie Jones; and four bulletins of the Historical Halifax Restoration Association.
Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives
Gift of Ruth Sykes Bowden
Gift of Maxville Burt Williams
Processed by R. Weaver, January 1971
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