ERIC Number: ED223487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Community College Family History Program: The North Carolina Experience. Series 352.
Stirewalt, Maurice R.
A Local History Program (LHP) was implemented at the majority of community colleges in North Carolina to assist lay involvement in research and enhance the preservation, preparation, dissemination, and use of local and family history materials in the state. The four major components of the LHP were the community colleges that volunteered to host the programs, the statewide coordinator, the instructors, and the students. Any adult over 18 could enroll. Course participants ranged from grammar school dropouts to Ph.D's. The majority wanted to learn how to trace their family trees. Each course, which ran from 36 to 40 contact hours, was localized and, therefore, varied in design and conduct. Participants learned about their county and local histories and sources of information and were involved in projects. Teaching techniques included hands-on sessions with artifacts and photographs, visits to newspaper morgues, show and tell sessions, and lectures. After 8 years, the LHP has had many positive results. For example, students have learned how to use primary and secondary source materials and have contributed their research papers to repositories. Books and newspaper articles have been published and slide presentations developed. Historical materials are now available to researchers through a Core Collection Project and a textbook has been published. (RM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Colleges, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Local History, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Genealogical Society of Utah, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT.
Identifiers: Family History; Genealogy
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Records "Preserving Our Heritage" (Salt Lake City, UT, August 12-15, 1980).