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Moving Midway, Thurs, July 7 at 6:30 pm

The Southern Culture Movie Series, sponsored by the UNC Writing Center, continues on July 7th with a screening of the 2008 documentary Moving Midway.

Moving MidwayHere’s how the film’s website describes it:

“When New York film critic Godfrey Cheshire returns home to North Carolina in early 2004 and hears that his cousin Charlie Silver plans to uproot and move the buildings of Midway Plantation, their family’s ancestral home, an extraordinary, emotional journey begins…. Cheshire and Dr. Hinton examine how the Southern plantation, a crucial economic institution in early America, generated a powerful, bitterly contested mythology that was at the center of a string of American cultural milestones, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Gone with the Wind and Roots. After the old manor house and outbuildings reach their new foundations, Cheshire makes contact with the some of the African American cousins whose existence he had never suspected. Their interest in the past they share with Cheshire’s relatives means that, by the time of its reopening, Midway’s ‘family’ has been forever redefined, its past illumined in ways that cast a new light on the South’s (and America’s) status as a mixed-race society.”

This film, which will be screened in 116 Murphey Hall, is free and open to the public.

In Memoriam: Marguerite P. Hutchins (1920-2016)


Friends and family of Marguerite Pegram Hutchins gathered in Chapel Hill on June 1, 2016 to mourn her passing and to remember a life lived to the fullest. Together with her late husband James, Marguerite traveled (for business or pleasure) to every country in the world. An archive of previous James and Marguerite Hutchins Lectures (with downloadable videos) is available here, and our 2016-17 lecture series will be posted in the fall.

In a 2015 interview for the Southern Oral History Program, Mrs. Hutchins recalled that as a child in Winston-Salem, “You were taught to be honest, and work hard, and appreciate others, and help the community.” Her life put those principles to work, and she still managed to have fun almost everywhere she went. Comments from Marguerite’s 95th birthday party are available here, and a full obituary is available here.

Explore an Archaeological Dig this June!

UNC Anthropology graduate student Geoffrey Hughes invites friends of the Center to come explore an active archaeological dig at Old Salem during the month of June.


The Old Salem Department of Archaeology, under the direction of Dr. Michael O. Hartley, conducts an active program of research and exploration into the material and cultural evidence of the Moravian experience in North Carolina. The Moravians, a Protestant religious group, have been present in North Carolina since 1753 on land purchased from Carolina Proprietor Lord Granville, a tract totaling nearly 100,000 acres. They called their land “Wachau,” after the Danube River valley region of that name, and it soon became known as “Wachovia.”

This June, come observe the excavation of the Rudolf Christ pottery kiln on Lot 38 in Old Salem, for which Geoffrey will serve as project director, located at 433 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC. The site will be open for public viewing from June 6 through July 1, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. On Fridays, the department will host “public archaeology days” with display tables and staff on hand to answer your questions. Come learn about this exciting summer research supported by CSAS!

Music on the Porch: Best of Spring 2016

We hope you were able to join us for some of this spring’s outstanding MOTP lineup. In case you missed it, or if you’d like to listen again, here are a few of our favorite things.

Music on the Porch returns on Thursday, August 25 with UNC’s amazing a capella group Harmonyx. We’ll see you then!

Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners, Thurs, May 26 at 6:30 pm

The Southern Culture Movie Series, sponsored by the UNC Writing Center, continues on May 26th with a screening of the 2010 documentary Miss Nancy Minds Their Manners.

Miss Nancy

Here’s how the film’s website describes it: “[This] earnest and heartfelt documentary film… follows 79-year-old “Miss Nancy” Rascoe through the engaging task of teaching manners to children in her 200-year-old home in rural Hertford, NC. It’s a five-day and four-night summer etiquette camp like no other and the mix of activities are all rich with Miss Nancy’s true Southern gentility and grace from an era gone by.” 

Disclaimer: No etiquette tests will be given during or after this film screening. This event, which will be held in 116 Murphey Hall, is free and open to the public.