Ever wonder what unique treasures are behind the steel walls of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA? The Interpretation and Collections Department and the Friends of the Battleship are giving everyone the opportunity to find out, and it is at no cost to the public.
The Battleship launched the first digital initiative to share the extensive collections online. The ship has been cataloging the collections into a database for more than 15 years; therefore the database represents years of work by staff, volunteers and college interns. Through dedication, perseverance and funding by the Friends of the Battleship, the free online catalog gives the internet community an insider’s look to rare artifacts.
“We are sharing more than 26,000 records of our collections (artifacts, photographs, archival & library materials) with 4,000 associated images,” says Mary Ames Booker, curator for the Battleship. “There are multiple avenues to search the collections. Even if you don’t have a particular object in mind, the system allows for a random search that pulls from all sources on the site. Viewers might be very surprised at what they can find; it is almost like a treasure hunt.”
Frank Glossl, chairman of the Friends of the Battleship, said, “The mission of the Friends is to support, promote and perpetuate ship activities. Membership with the non-profit arm of the ship, increases the impact of all of the Battleship’s programs — its artifact acquisition, support of exhibits, innovative research, restoration projects and commitment to education. As an organization, we are delighted to be able to provide funding for such an honorable initiative.”
The online catalog will be continuously updated as new items are acquired and catalogued. Future additions include audio files, video clips, PDFs, and an online ordering form for reprints. A link with more information regarding collections online as well as other benefits of becoming a Friends member can be found at http://www.battleshipnc.com/Friends.
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).