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Report of Vice-Consul R. E. Heide on the Resources, Trade and Commerce of North Carolina (1875)
An 1875 report on the population, geography, industry, and natural resources of North Carolina, with particular attention to shipping, navigation, and the production of naval stores.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Naval stores
In Teaching about North Carolina American Indians, page 2.5
Introduction From early Colonial times until the Civil War, the naval industry was important to North Carolina. The term naval stores describes all products of the gum of the pine tree. The name itself explains its use in the shipbuilding industry....
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Social Studies)
By Gazelia Carter.
Turpentine, pitch, rosin, and tar — OR — Can you buy a navy in a naval store?
In this lesson plan, students examine three primary sources related to naval stores and participate in a discussion designed to help them understand the significance of naval stores in colonial North Carolina.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Longleaf pine savanna
In Wetlands of the coastal plains, page 3
We begin with the longleaf pine savanna. We start with this habitat not only because longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) is the official state tree, but also because these habitats are simply beautiful to behold. These communities evolved...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Long Leaf Pine
Long Leaf Pine
The longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) is native to the southeastern United States. Longleaf pines once covered 30 to 60 million acres of land on the southeastern coastal plains, but their numbers have been drastically reduced due to logging....
Format: image/photograph
Old Quarter Hanoi commercial street with pedestrian and motorcycle traffic
Old Quarter Hanoi commercial street with pedestrian and motorcycle traffic
Pedestrian and motorcycle traffic moves through a busy commercial street in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Stores advertise their wares on large signs mounted over the doors. Apartments, some with balconies, are built on the second floors. Often shopowners' families...
Format: image/photograph
Three men sitting at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam
Three men sitting at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam
Three young men in long pants and T-shirts sit on red plastic stools at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. A woman wearing a headscarf stands nearby beside a rack of items for sale. She carries a plastic bag of goods and is either another...
Format: image/photograph
A café
In Contemporary life in Vietnam, page 7
Three young men in long pants and T-shirts sit on red plastic stools at a streetside cafe in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. A woman wearing a headscarf stands nearby beside a rack of items for sale. She carries a plastic bag of goods and is either another...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Oxcart pulling naval stores
Oxcart pulling naval stores
An engraving from Frederick Law Olmsted's 1856 book A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States. A slave leads a team of oxen pulling a cart loaded with barrels of turpentine along a dirt road through the woods. To the side, another slave is chopping...
Format: image/illustration
Naval stores and the longleaf pine
In Colonial North Carolina, page 6.4
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 2.4
North Carolina's extensive longleaf pine forests provided the natural resources needed to produce materials needed to build and maintain ships -- not only timber but tar, pitch, and rosin. These "naval stores" became North Carolina's most important industry in the eighteenth century, but today, the longleaf pine forests are nearly gone.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Percent of change: What's the deal?
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 2.5
In this lesson, students calculate percent of change and discuss how percent of change is used in retail careers.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Mathematics)
By Debbie Brooks, Peggy Dickey, and Jan Sullivan.
Week 2: Creating a letter of request
In Invention convention, page 5
In this Invention Convention lesson, students will write a letter of request seeking a donation to be used for Invention Convention.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts)
By Briana Corke Pelton.
Krispy Kreme
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.11
On July 13, 1937, the first Krispy Kreme store opened for business in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The company's success and quick rise to popularity were due both to the personal history of Vernon Rudolph, its owner, and the larger cultural history of doughnuts in America (and more specifically, the American South).
Format: article
Adaptation to frequent fires
In Wetlands of the coastal plains, page 4
In addition to fire-resistant bark, longleaf pines have a number of other adaptations to their frequent-fire habitat other than their fire resistant bark. For example, their seedlings have a growth cycle that helps them escape fires. After seeds are shed from...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Shopping spree
Students will practice counting money up to five dollars using grocery ads from local stores.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Mathematics)
By Lauren Gary.
J. T. Williams
J. T. Williams
J. T. Williams (1859 - 1928) was a teacher, a physician and a diplomat as well as a highly respected businessman. He was president of the Queen City Drug Store Company, one of the first black owned and operated drug stores in North Carolina. In 1898, he was...
Format: image/photograph
Train track in Henderson, NC
Train track in Henderson, NC
A train track runs beside a main street in downtown Henderson, North Carolina. Henderson is the seat of Vance County. It used to be the home of many small businesses, but urban decay and chain stores have taken their toll on the area and its economy.
Format: image/photograph
Hanoi woman laughing with toothpick in her mouth
Hanoi woman laughing with toothpick in her mouth
A middle-aged Hanoi woman, standing in a storefront, is laughing with a toothpick in her mouth. Her hair is parted in the middle and tied back. She is wearing a dark, long-sleeved blouse with covered front buttons. The woman photographed is most likely a shopkeeper...
Format: image/photograph
Why we eat what we eat
Have you ever thought about the foods that our ancestors ate? You might be surprised to learn that the bounty of foods that we have in grocery stores today only have come about because of new technologies. This article, by David Heber, MD,PhD, explains the...
Format: document/article
North Carolina Museum of Forestry
There is a rich history of forestry in North Carolina. Visit the NC Museum of Forestry and connect with our forest natural history and its cultural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity