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Humanities Grant

The Johnston County Heritage Center is grateful to be one of the 59 organizations selected to be awarded an NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Humanities Relief grant will enable us to retain a professional archivist who can provide online access to materials in our collections for those who are unable to visit us in person during the pandemic. It also allows us to continue to provide this remote access for years to come.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

To learn more, please visit:

North Carolina Humanities Council:

National Endowment for the Humanities:




Current Exhibit (free admission, open to the public)

A Generation Goes to War, 1941-1945

in the Holding-Richardson Exhibit Hall



Virtual Ghost Walk Premiers on YouTube October 29

This year we are offering this popular event free of charge on our YouTube channel (JohnstonNC Heritage). The premier will be Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 7 pm. Here is the lineup:

Thomas A. Bingham (founder of the Town of Garner), portrayed by John Arthur Greene;

Luma McLamb (Register of Deeds, 1928-1930), portrayed by Theressa Rose;

Shine (tobacco farm hand and childhood friend of Ava Gardner), portrayed by Kenny Howell;

William R. Collins (iconic African American educator) and wife Alice Collins, portrayed by Paul and Shirley Ingram;

Aaron Lee (who witnessed Lynch's Ghost at the Mill Creek Bridge in Meadow), portrayed by Chris Johnson

Cameo appearances by Matt Dean and Bert the Horse.


Donations are requested to assist with production costs. You may use the donate button on our home page and contribute through PayPal, or you may mail a check to JCHC, PO Box 2709, Smithfield, NC 27577.  


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