The Currituck County Historical Society is being recognized for its accomplishments in planning and celebrating the 350th anniversary of the first four counties in North Carolina, including Currituck County. The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies announced that Currituck is the recipient of its Newsome Award for 2019.
The Newsome Award honors a member organization for its achievement in the preservation and/or presentation of local history. Currituck County’s Historical Society was chosen from the Federation’s 120 members for its leadership and effort in the 350th commemoration. The society coordinated a variety of programs during the year-long celebration, including historical presentations, traveling exhibits, historic homes tour, farm-to-table dinner, heritage tea, and fashion show. To make these and other events successful, the Historical Society collaborated with many organizations throughout the Albemarle region.
“We are very happy to receive the Newsome Award,” said Barbara Snowden, of the Currituck Historical Society, “It took a lot of work on the part of lot of people to make the events a success. We really want to thank our community partners for their contributions.”
This marks the second time the Currituck County Historical Society has won the Newsome Award, having previously been honored in 2015. The Newsome Award is named for Albert Ray Newsome, who served as secretary of the N.C. Historical Commission and was a strong advocate for the study and preservation of local history in the state. Each year, the award recipient receives a $250 cash prize and a framed certificate at the annual joint meeting of the Federation and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Members from Currituck will attend the meeting in Raleigh to personally accept the award.
Congratulations to everyone involved!