Welcome to Preservation Durham's Virtual Tobacco Heritage Trail
Preservation Durham, founded in 1974 as The Historic Preservation Society of Durham, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Durham’s culture, history, and historic architecture. On the second Saturday of each month, Preservation Durham conducts a Tobacco Heritage walking tour. A guide leads visitors through downtown Durham, sharing the history of the buildings—some still standing, some long gone—that were once home to the city’s tobacco-industry operations, and telling the stories of the people who worked there.
Durham grew tobacco...
Using this Website
The Preservation Durham Tobacco Heritage walking tour and this website would not be possible without the help of the following groups and individuals:
- The North Carolina Humanities Council
- Durham Central Park
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke
- The School of Information and Library Sciences at North Carolina Central University
- Mr. R. Kelly Bryant, Jr.
- Dr. Glen Hinson
- Dr. Benjamin Speller, Jr.
- Mr. Jim Wise
- Mr. Billy Yeargin
In this lesson, students will learn about the tobacco industry, from the tobacco farm to the tobacco warehouse and auction, and its impact on the people involved. Students will particularly focus on downtown Durham in the 1900s, whose tobacco warehouse district became a hub of the tobacco trade. Through the exploration of this digital history project, as well as through readings, class discussion, primary source examination (photographs, music, videos, etc.), creative writing, and more, students will gain a comprehensive sense of the vibrant culture and rich history of tobacco in North Carolina. In a culminating group project, students will apply their understanding by researching, designing, and presenting a "living" exhibit for a museum on "North Carolina's Tobacco History and Culture." This lesson can be accessed at http://database.civics.unc.edu/files/2012/05/TobaccoHerritage.pdf.
Teachers who have limited class time can also pick and choose particular activities to implement. For additional information on these lesson plans, or for additional curriculum ideas, contact Christie Hinson Norris at email@example.com or visit the Civic Education Consortium's database of lesson plans.
- Community Adviser: Preservation Durham
- Scholarly Advisers: Dr. Robert Allen and Dr. Pamella Lach
- Team Manager: Molly Bragg
- Team: Adam Fielding, Vanessa Hays, Kathryn Michaelis
Special thanks to the North Carolina Collection at the Durham County Library, as this site would not be possible without their collections.