Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Web Sites Part of N.C. ECHO, State's New History Portal
Raleigh, N.C. - July 6, 2001 -From possum to papyrus, it's on the Internet and North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online) makes finding it just a bit easier. North Carolina ECHO is a new web site that puts information about the state's historical and cultural treasures a mouse click away - whether that treasure is Duke University's collection of Egyptian papyri or the Belhaven Museum's depression-era canning exhibit, prominently featuring a jar of possum.
A visit to www.ncecho.org will put over 600 of the state's museums, libraries, historical societies and archives at your fingertips. As these cultural institutions create web sites for their holdings, ECHO collects and organizes links to the information. Click on the subject "slavery" and find nearly 1,000 slave narratives that have been digitized by UNC-Chapel Hill's "Document the American South" web site. Choose the subject term "poetry" and discover 250 Confederate poetry broadsides owned by Wake Forest University.
North Carolina ECHO includes a link to the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County's Robinson Spangler Carolina Room, one of the region's most important repositories of historical and genealogical information. Special collections in the Carolina Room include sound recordings related to the North and South Carolina Piedmont Region, photographs of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, archives and manuscripts, surname and biography files, local and state government documents, and area maps.
One of the biggest resources the Carolina Room offers is The Charlotte Mecklenburg Story, the library's local history Web site. CMStory includes a list of area Gold Star veterans of World War II, An African American Album Volumes 1 & 2, short biographies of prominent Charlotteans and much more information about the region's history.
North Carolina ECHO is supported with federal Library Services and Technology Act funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
For more information, please contact:
State Library of North Carolina
Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library