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Tar River Center's lectures to focus on region's agriculture

The Tar River Center for History and Culture (TRCHC) at Louisburg College has announced its 2015-2016 lecture series, "Agricultural Improvement in North Carolina and the Tar River Valley."

"The people who attend our lectures come from all over the Upper Tar River region, a very rural area," said Maury York, director of the TRCHC. "This year's presentations, which will be given by top-notch scholars, should be of great interest to them."

The series includes talks that will illustrate how agricultural practices improved over a period of a century, both in this region and throughout the state:

"Higher Ed for N.C. Farmers: The 19th Century Agricultural Fair" will be discussed by Dr. Melton McLaurin, professor emeritus, Department of History, UNC-Wilmington, on Monday, Sept. 28.

"Leaves of Gold: North Carolina Tobacco Culture will be the topic of W.W. Yeargin, Jr., lecturer, North Carolina Humanities Council, on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The annual Joseph E. Elmore Lecture will focus on Anne Pauline Smith: Franklin County Home Demonstration agent and daughter of the New South. That lecture will be presented by Dr. Lu Ann Jones, historian, National Park Service, on Thursday, March 3.

The First Environmental Governor: Kerr Scott and His Agricultural Policies, 1936-1958 will be the topic of Dr. Julian Pleasants, professor emeritus, Department of History, University of Florida, on Thursday, April 28.

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Chapel on the campus of Louisburg College. Parking is available in front of the chapel and adjacent to the Jones Performing Arts Center. Both parking areas are accessible from College Street.

For more information, contact Maury York, TRCHC director, at (919) 497-3252 or at myork@louisburg.edu.


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