Leo Jenkins and the Art of Giving

Written by Dr. John A. Tucker

J. Y. Joyner Library is hosting an exhibit of select paintings by former East Carolina Chancellor Dr. Leo W. Jenkins through May 31, 2012.

We strive to provide an enriched environment to give patrons an opportunity to experience art, culture, and history. -Larry Boyer

Entitled Dr. Leo Jenkins and the Art of Giving, the exhibit highlights Jenkins’ love of painting, his embrace of eastern North Carolina, and his gracious generosity with his works. Jenkins’ paintings were often given to friends, family, charities, alumni, and major supporters of East Carolina during his years as chancellor.

The exhibit, curated by University Historian, Dr. John A. Tucker, and his graduate assistant, Ms. Kate Schnitzer, brings together Jenkins’ paintings (many of which are on loan) from various corners of the campus.

The paintings may be viewed on the first floor corridor leading to Reference Services.

Joyner Library Acquires A Civil War-era Letter

Taking part in the donation of Annie Bogart’s letter to Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department at East Carolina University on Tuesday are (from left) Eleanor Rollins, assistant director of special collections; Maury York, Penelope Rodman, Melody Hinds Moen and Kathleen Hinds Kennedy. Rodman is the great-niece of Annie Bogart, while Rollins, Moen and Kennedy are Bogart’s great-great-nieces. (WDN Photo/Vail Stewart Rumley)

The letter, written by Annie E. Bogart, went to auction Jan. 31, part of a large, private collection of Civil War memorabilia being auctioned by Cohasco Inc., a dealer in and auctioneer of manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials and collectibles in Yonkers, N.Y.

While Annie Bogart had no direct descendants — she instead helped raise the family of her older brother, Col. David Nevius Bogart — it was her brother’s great-great-grandchildren, two sisters who grew up in Washington and now live in Virginia, who purchased the letter and donated it Tuesday to the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department of East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

Kathleen Hinds Kennedy and Melody Hinds Moen remember stories of “Aunt Annie” from childhood, as told by their grandmother who was the youngest of Col. David Nevius Bogart’s brood.

“We felt compelled to buy the letter,” Moen and Kennedy agreed. “We wish that we could have bought all three.”

Moen and her husband met with Maury York, assistant director of Joyner Library’s special collections, hoping to find a home in eastern North Carolina for the letter.

“We wanted it to stay in North Carolina,” said Moen, of deciding to donate the letter to the library. “They very much wanted the letter. We viewed the facilities, and (York) assured us it would be available to students and international scholars.”

The letter comes at the right time for the special collections department, which is currently featuring a 150th-anniversary Civil War exhibit.

“This letter is an unusually descriptive and important letter that documents the burning of Washington in 1865,” said York.  “Given that we’re in the midst of sesquicentennial, it’s of particular interest right now.”

In the letter, Bogart speaks not only of meeting Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard on a trip to Greensboro, but of the trip by rail to the then-capitol of North Carolina, during which the railway was lined by the dispossessed, those who had lost their homes and livelihoods to war.

Not all was gloom in the Civil War era: Bogart also speaks of a summer trip to Tarboro prior to the burning of Washington, where she and others went riding and sailing on the river every day and enjoyed the company of the “fine young officers.”

“There was a lot of resiliency, along with the suffering,” said Kennedy.

York said the department is deeply grateful for Moen’s and Kennedy’s generosity, saying the library staff would “do all we can to take care of it and make it available for anyone doing research” in related fields.

Annie Bogart’s letter will be encapsulated, meaning each sheet will be pressed between two layers of Mylar, and stored in an acid-free folder and box in climate-controlled, secured stacks. The public does not have access to the secure area — materials are brought out to researchers under close supervision instead.

York made a point of saying that his department is always interested in talking with anyone in possession of family manuscripts in Washington and Beaufort County.

“We try very hard to document the history of eastern North Carolina,” he added.

Annie Bogart’s letter documents a pivotal point in Washington’s history, but for Moen and Kennedy, the letter does much more, allowing them a glimpse into the life and personality of a woman who previously existed only in childhood stories.

Said Moen, “It really does mean a lot to read something like this and that ancestor just comes alive to you.”

Article taken from Washington Daily News – http://www.wdnweb.com
URL to article: http://www.wdnweb.com/2012/03/28/civil-war-letter-returns-home-to-eastern-n-c/

Friends of Joyner Library to Host Margaret Maron April 19th

The Friends of Joyner Library at East Carolina University
Cordially invite you and a guest to the Annual Spring Banquet
On Thursday April 19, 2012 at 6:30 in the evening at the Greenville Country Club

Guest speaker/mystery writer

Margaret Maron

To reserve your seat, RSVP by Friday April 6, 2012, make check payable to The Friends of Joyner Library in the amount of
$35 per person for Friends members or $45 per person for non-Friends members.  Mail to Blythe Tennent, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516 East Carolina University,
Greenville NC 27858.

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Joyner Library’s 2012 School of Art and Design Faculty Art Exhibition

“Storm Season: Louisiana’s Disappearing Wetlands”
Opening reception on March 15, 2012 •  5:30 pm  •  Exhibit Gallery, 2nd floor

Featuring Photographic work by:
DANIEL KARIKO, Area Coordinator for Photography

This series of photographs represents a long-term investigation of disappearing wetlands and barrier islands in south Louisiana, due to human and natural activity.

I started photographing in Barataria- Terrebonne National Estuary in South Louisiana in the summer of 1999. Since the beginning of my project, the area suffered a number of major hurricanes including Katrina and Rita, and recent large oil spill catastrophe. The pinhole photographs in this series range from 2006 until May of 2011, just as the last of the visible oil from the Deepwater Horizon platform was being cleaned from barrier islands.

Louisiana is experiencing the highest rate of coastal erosion in America, losing about one hundred yards of land every thirty minutes- land loss the size of a football field every half-hour. The barrier islands of Southeast Louisiana are some of the youngest and most unstable landforms on earth. They average 5000 years in age, and are rapidly changing shape and disappearing due to the man-altered flow of the Mississippi delta. Timbalier Island, for example, averaged 20m/year towards Northwest, during the last century (U.S. geological survey). During the early 1800’s some of the barrier islands served as summer resorts to wealthy families from New Orleans. In 1856 a devastating hurricane hit Isle Dernieres causing great loss of life and property, and nearly splitting the island in half. Since then more than a dozen major storms, including Katrina, changed the geography of the coast. Today, all except Grand Isle are sand bars with a little more than skeletal remnants of industry and a few deteriorating fishing camps. These Islands represent the “First Line of Defense” against large hurricanes.

In addition to environmental and political landscape, this series of photographs addresses the cultural concerns of local population. Cajuns of Louisiana comprise one of the oldest, most unique, and historically significant ethnic cultures in the United States. It is also a culture that is under a dire threat, simply because the land they occupy is physically disappearing. This project combines the cultural documentary with environmental concerns by presenting the Louisiana wetlands issues in context of our global cultural-environmental situation.

The global environmental concerns that place Louisiana in center of world’s attention make this project relevant and timely. Our, often adversarial relationship with the world outside ultimately reveals our inability to adapt to the natural process. These photographs set out to illustrate the results of such failed relations.


Civil War in North Carolina

In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Joyner Library is presenting two exhibits focusing on the war in, and its effects upon, the state of North Carolina. The first exhibit, “The Civil War in North Carolina, 1861-1865,” can be viewed in Joyner’s Special Collections department located on the fourth floor and will run from March 19th through August 10th. This exhibit explores multiple facets of this divisive and devastating war in North Carolina.

Major themes include Battles and Campaigns, The Lives of North Carolina Soldiers, The Home Front, The Slave Experience, Economy, and Politics.

Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize March 14, 2012

The Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize for Recognition of Student Research was established by Mrs. Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann, the Rhem-Schwarzmann Prize annually recognizes outstanding research papers written by sophomores, juniors, and seniors at East Carolina University.  Cash prizes in the amount of $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners.  Papers can be in any field of study, but must be based largely on primary sources held by J. Y. Joyner Library’s Special Collections Department.