About The Center
Transforming an existing regional museum into a major, statewide history center requires a tremendous amount of planning. The challenge is much greater when the museum’s mission is unique and its reach spans a state more than 500 miles in length.
In the case of the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center, much of that planning has already been done. In 2007, the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation received a planning grant from the North Carolina General Assembly. Foundation leaders immediately commissioned the Ohio-based museum consulting firm, Germann and Associates, to perform a benchmarking and assessment study. Because of the existing museum’s location on one of North Carolina’s most important Civil War sites and its ownership of the Reconstruction-era E.A. Poe House, Germann and Associates recommended that the new museum focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction in North Carolina. The Winston-Salem-based Winslow Group was commissioned to perform a conceptual feasibility study, measure support for the more ambitious mission and gauge interest beyond Fayetteville.
Over the next three years, the Winslow Group was joined by Planning Edge(strategic plan, operating plan), Eisterhold and Associates (interpretive and digital master plans) and Victor Vines Architects (site and building master plans). The comprehensive plan that resulted from this concentrated expertise will transform the state-supported Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complexinto the North Carolina Civil War History Center. As such it will be the first state museum in the nation to provide an interpretation of the Civil War and its aftermath from the perspective of an entire state.
Before he enlisted in the Civil War, Grey Little Brown was a farmer and teacher in Edgecombe County. After the war, he returned to farming and teaching.
He became a “certified teacher” in 1871 as the state began to set standards (see copy of certificate).
His interest in education established the first school in Edgecombe County. He also sent three of his daughters to college in Greensboro, N.C. (the State Normal and Industrial School, aka Woman’s College aka UNCG).
About The Center
Transforming an existing regional museum into a major, statewide history center requires a tremendous amount of planning. The challenge is much greater...
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BOARD OF ADVISORS
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Governor James G. Martin
James R. Leutze, Ph.D., Wilmington