"Preserve history and heritage? Yes, and more, residents urge"

(Excerpted From The Franklin Times)

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Dozens of ideas, suggestions and possibilities for the Tar River Center for History and Culture at Louisburg College were batted about last Thursday evening at the Louisburg Training Center.

The meeting, which was open to the public, was attended by more than 60 people and was coordinated by Maury York, director of the center, and Louisburg College President Dr. Mark La Branche. The center is a project launched by Dr. La Branche and York, a Louisburg native with deep ties to the community, who is serving as director and organizer...

...Participants came from all areas of Franklin County, including Louisburg, Bunn, Franklinton, Youngsville, Centerville and Rocky Ford, as well as Granville and Vance counties. Also attending was Matthew Butler, environmental projects manager of the Tar-Pamlico River Foundation in Washington, who said that the foundation is working on some projects that were mentioned and that Franklin County could tap into those "without having to reinvent the wheel."

York briefly outlined the idea behind the center as a way to preserve and disseminate information about the history, culture and heritage of the Upper Tar River Basin which runs across Franklin County and ultimately stretches from Granville County to the west to the Pamlico Sound in the east. Ultimately, the goal is to serve the counties of Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren, Nash, Halifax and Edgecombe...

..."Clearly, Marketing/Branding was one of the top priorities of those present, and I think the TRCHC can help with this by providing grant-writing workshops and perhaps by developing a regional calendar for cultural and historical events," York said after the meeting.