North Wilkesboro – NC, Nov. 5, 2016: The North Carolina Society of Historians held its Annual Awards Banquet and celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on Nov. 5, 2016, at the Stone Center. Awards were presented in several categories relating to local, regional, or statewide historical people, events, or places.
Carol Timblin, who writes a weekly column called “A page from the past…Mint Hill” for The Mint Hill Times, received a Publication Award at the banquet.
“We love weekly columns of this type because after reading one, we have another one to look forward to with the coming week!” noted the judges. “This is a column to look forward to, also. The articles we read were rich with data pertaining to Mint Hill’s early years.
For newcomers to the area, the articles will be interesting; for those living in the area all of their lives, it will be like a refresher course in area history that may have been forgotten.
It is hard to believe that since the area was settled in the mid-1700s, it has progressed from log cabins and dirt roads to beautiful homes and paved highways. We hope that this column lives on to tell Mint Hill’s history to our current generation and so that it can be preserved for future generations.”
The judges described Timblin’s column as “fabulous…impressive writing…poignant visuals.”
This marks Timblin’s fourth award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. In the past she also received two book awards and a multimedia award from the organization.
A professional travel journalist, Timblin is also the recipient of a Charles Kuralt Award from the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, a Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and an award from the Travel Industry of America.
As a charter member of the Mint Hill Historical Society, Timblin served as its first president. She is currently involved in an ongoing effort to restore and repurpose the iconic Historic Bain School, which has served the community continuously since its founding in 1889. (She considers Historic Bain to be one of the two most important historic buildings in Mint Hill, the other being Philadelphia Church.)