History Potluck

What's in your attic? Family histories are community histories.

The MCJC History Potluck Project seeks to digitize family photos, documents, and other materials that have been safe-guarded by local community archivists who have gone to great time and effort to preserve pieces of history. Preservation of these materials physically is vital for their continued presence in our histories, but there is always a fear of deterioration or loss. Historical photos and documents have been lost in fires, floods, accidentally thrown away, or forgotten in an attic of a sold house. The History Potluck's mission is to digitize these documents and return them immediately to their collectors. Some members of our community have been generous enough to share the stories of the materials kept in cases, shoe-boxes, attics, and closets that now make up this exhibit.

Items in the History Potluck Collection

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This interview is centered around Ms. Belinda Caldwell. She begins by describing her family history then goes into detail about her personal history to Northside. She mentions that there is a significant difference between how her kids grew up and…

In this interview, Ms. Carolyn Evans speaks about her close relationships with Ms. Rebecca Clark and Ms. Francis Hargraves. Ms. Evans brought in a series of articles and newspaper clippings that provided more information about the two women she…

This interview was part of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s History Potluck series. Saundra Dockery, is a Northside native and daughter of Katherine Council better known as “Mama Kat”. Ms. Dockery shares photos and documents from her mother’s life…

This interview was a part of the History Potluck held by the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in October 2019. In this interview, Dennis Farrington, a current member of the Northside community reflects on his life. He discusses growing up in Chapel Hill…

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This interview mainly focuses on Wanda Weaver’s mother and father/Kathy Atwater’s aunt and uncle, as well as the past and present dynamics of the Northside community. Ms. Wanda and Ms. Kathy show pictures of their mother and father/aunt and uncle, as…

Ms. Ellen Perry has lived in Carrboro for 40 years. As of a fear years ago, she moved into a house that is now being updated by Medicaid, to suit the accommodations she needs. Ellen has cerebral palsy and is a powerful and passionate advocate for…

This interview is part of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s History Potluck Series. In this interview, Mr. Wijnberg shares photos and documents from his life. He begins by sharing photos taken at the end of World War II while he was still in Europe.…