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December 2011


North Carolina Historical Society Awards

The Lost Colony Research Group and several of our members received awards from the North Carolina Historical Society.  Jennifer Sheppard was kind enough to represent our group at the awards banquet and has kindly shared her experience with us.  We can all live vicariously through her.

As the Director of the LCRG, I simply can't say how proud I am of our group and of the researchers who are the heart and soul of the organization.  There is no "group" without our researchers, and remember, we are all volunteers.  These accomplishments have not been made in the 424 years since the colonists were left on Roanoke Island, not by people who were paid, not by people who had grants and visited England for months to research, and not by any other group.  These strides have been made by a group of dedicated volunteers - you.  I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize them and their work.

What many people don't realize is the months and months of in-depth research that become accumulated in a research paper.  Often, the tidbits come from many sources and many helpful people.  This is certainly the case with many of our awards.  But let's take a look at who won what....

The North Carolina Society of Historians publishes a book each year of the awards and their winners.  The awards will be discussed in their order of publication.  The Society received 742 eligible entries and presented a total of 109 awards in thirteen categories.  Judged are not board members and are an impartial group.

The Lost Colony Research Group and members received a total of eight awards, as follows:

1.  The Paul Green Multimedia Award was presented to Roberta Estes for her paper "Following the Croataon".  These awards are given to people promoting North Carolina state history of genealogy through any unique or creative means. 

Judges comments:

This is a very compelling study whose data has been expertly recorded so as to not only educate, but to tempt the reader to continue the search for a "misplaced" colony of people who will never realize their important to NC and US history.  Data seems to have been extracted from a myriad of sources that are well-documented by someone with experience in paying meticulous attention to detail.  We were very impressed with the footnotes, the color-coded census tables, and by the reader-friendly arrangement of recorded/documented data.  Many times a reader can become lost in details, an in this study there are many; however, Ms. Estes has skillfully recorded her findings in such a way that careful study will result in a full understanding. 

The paper "Following the Croatoan" was published in our July 2011 newsletter and can be seen at this link on our website:

2.  The Paul Green Multimedia Award was presented to Roberta Estes for her paper "Beechland: Oral History Versus Historical Records."

Judges comments:

This study seems to have generated a new-found energy and excitement as new data is uncovered/discovered pertaining to the "Lost Colony."  Many people are involved in the study, with researchers and specialists in their field working side by side with one common try to track the "Lost Colony" through their possible cohabitation/amalgamation with the local Croatoan Indians.  And, after reading this exceptionally interesting and absorbing study, we have decided that if anybody can locate this lost colony of people, the Lost Colony Research Group can.!  They seem to have already made great strides in the search, and this booklet helped us to feel so much closer to finding out the truth.  Ms. Estes has applied her analytical mind to existing data, topped it off with a common sense analysis of her findings, and arrived with results that are not just a flurry of words, but are interesting and rewarding.  Well done!

The paper "Beechland: Oral History Versus Historical Records" was published in our November 2011 newsletter and can be seen at this link on our website:  

3. The Paul Green Multi-media Award was presented to Nelda Percival as the creator and webmistress for the Lost Colony Research Group website at

Judges Comments:

This website serves its members well in that it keeps them up-to-date with both new and old information about the "Lost Colony." It educated those of us who are new to this in-depth research.  It also introduces DNA research studies with the hope that this will bring to a close the mystery of the whereabouts of a group of colonists who were left behind by John White who went back to England to get supplies.  Upon his return, they were gone...leaving few clues that have archaeologists and historians literally "digging" for answers.

The website is reader-friendly, easy to maneuver from page to page, site to site; and it has a wonderful art "theme" going for it with original artwork provided by Nelda L. Percival and Dr. Ana Oquendo Pabon.  Both hold ownership/copyrights to this artwork and the appropriate data is provided to protect their rights.

Contact information is provided regularly on the site, as are disclaimers, notices and copyright notices...all of which are necessary to protect a site such as this from site predators which, unfortunately, do exist.  This type of data educates us all about to protect ourselves and our sites should we decide to open a historical/genealogical avenue online.

We enjoyed visiting the website and feel it is an asset to not only the members and visitors, but to the perpetuation of North Carolina history as a "work in progress."  By keeping the site up-to-date, Ms. Percival has generated an excitement within and the hope that maybe the next update will contain data that proves that the lost colony is no longer lost!  We will visits this site regularly.  Well done!

4.  The Malcolm Fowler Society Award was presented to the Lost Colony Research Group.  This award is presented to a local, regional or state historical, genealogical or preservation society in North Carolina that is contributing to the accumulation and preservation of North Carolina history.

Judges comments:

We always love a mystery, and this group is tackling the ultimate of mysteries...trying to locate the Lost Colony.  We, as researchers, are so used to searching through old records to find the answer to our genealogical/historical questions; however, this group has to be much more creative because there are only a few clues to work with, and finding this colony would be one of the greatest in history!  We were fascinated with the DNA project; in awe of the findings thus far; and excited about being able to visit their website at any time to keep up with the progress they are making.

This is a very professional group, yet ti takes in lay researchers, archaeologists, students...anybody who wants to learn and to help.  They ask nothing in return except dedication total interest in the project, time and loyalty.  Their leader, Roberta Estes, seems to be a very intelligent and capable person; an expert with regard to the Lost Colony, and we believe that if anybody can find this colony, she can....with the help of other dedicated researchers.  The group is to be commended for their efforts on behalf of our NC of the most important historically directed efforts of our day.

5.  The Joe McLauren Newsletter Award was presented to Jennifer Sheppard as the editor of the Martin County Historical Society Quarterly Newsletter.  These awards are presented to a society or organization that through the use of a newsletter is keeping membership effectively informed and making an important contribution toward the accomplishments of the goals and objective of the society or organization. 

Jennifer is our genealogist and contributes regularly to our newsletter as well.

Judged Comments:

This four-page newsletter is exactly what a newsletter should be...newsy, concise and visually handsome! The latter draws the reader in through curiosity...its concise nature does not bore a reader, and the actual content provides the reader with data about upcoming meetings, contact information, a calendar of historical events taking place in Martin County, NC, for a three months span, reunions, DVD's that are for sale, publications for sale by the historical society, a list of current officers. It also includes a historical/genealogical story here and there to add to the newsletters appeal; and it updates the reader with regard to the restoration project of the Old Martin County Court House. New publications are touted as they are made available to the public; and book reviews are provided as books are donated.

This newsletter has NOT crossed the line between newsletter and journal, which is a very fine line indeed. It is refreshing to see a publication that is used as it should be a "news" letter, and to inform its membership of any and all Martin County Historical Society happenings: past, present and future. Kudos to the Editor for a job well-done!

We also want to thank Jennifer for nominating many of our Lost Colony Research Group award winners. 

6.  The Joe McLauren Newsletter Award was presented to Roberta Estes as the editor of the Lost Colony Research Group Newsletter. 

Judges comments:

This is a very appealing newsletter to both the lay historian/archaeologist as well as the more seasoned, professional researcher/archaeologist.  It generates data regarding the "Lost Colony," but in such depth that it draws in many areas of study that would appeal to many different interests.  We are privy to the most marvelous maps from the 16th century, common sense analysis of meticulously transcribed or abstracted data collected from various primary sources, intriguing histories that are replete with meaning, an insurmountable gathering of stories waiting to be proven or dispelled, copies of primary source materials that are well documented and the most remarkable data regarding the Indian population in the 1500s on up.

This group has a website that boards 'more than 8000 pages of research, all free,' a Facebook account and a blog.  They name sites one can visit to further research about the Lost Colony: from DNA research to research regarding Hatteras Island.

Information on archaeological digs is provided before, during and after a dig.  It is truly exciting when something is actually found, like a snaphance lock from a gun dating back to the late 1500s, bone rings, pipes, copper rings and plates, shell  beads, ceramic.  Much is included about the significance of each artifact found...and each dig is an education in itself.

This newsletter is so interesting it is very difficult to put down.  It is technical at times but never without explanation.  The layout and design varies from issue to issue; however, each one is eye-catching and creative and one wonders what 'adventure' will be taken on in any following works.

After reading all of the issues included in this entry, we have no doubt that this group will play a significant role in locating the 'lost colony' and in North Carolina history.

All of our newsletters are available in their entirety, and for free, on our website at where you will find a newsletter article index from the beginning of 2008 through the currently published version.  Our newsletter is published monthly and we welcome contributed information.  By the end of 2011, we will have published a total of 214 articles over four years.

7.  The Willie Parker Peace History Book Award was presented to Andrew Thomas Powell, of Bideford, England, for his book entitled "Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke."  Andy is our British historian.

Judges comments:

After reading this book we have decided that, just like the people from the Outer banks believe, we believe that the Lost Colony isn't actually lost...just misplaced and waiting for somebody to discover them, either through physical research (records), archaeological research or DNA research.  In the meantime, Mr. Powell has given us a vast amount of impressive information to read and mull over, and he has provided us with a series of events, some which are enhanced by his analytical comments.  He has also provided us with some extensive footnotes containing terms and words unfamiliar to many and helpful to all

We cannot say enough about this marvelous book except, if you read it, you will be taking one of the most exciting adventures of your literary adventure that is ongoing and that you can become a part of should you so choose.  It is an education in itself, where you will note the importance of Sir Richard Grenville, the savvy and courageous characters of the colonists, and the mystery of the misplaced colony.  This history book has everything! We are so glad we were chosen to judge it, and for the privilege of being able to read it.

8.  The Paul Green Multimedia Award was awarded to Patsy Miller (Martin County Historical Society Oral History Interviewer) and Jennifer Sheppard, Videographer and Lost Colony Genealogist, for a DVD entitled "Deborah Brown & Gloria Hassall, Cousins After All."

Even though this award does not pertain to the Lost Colony, we are certainly proud of Jennifer.

Judges Comments:

What an amazing story of consternation, persistence and success! In our work, we have seen many situations similar to this where a child was born in a foreign land parented by an American soldier only to be left behind upon the return of that soldier to his homeland. Sometimes the soldier was aware of the child, sometimes he was not. In this case, he married the British lady, she had a daughter, and he disappeared. This daughter grew up thinking that her American family did not want anything to do with her when in all honesty, they were not aware of her existence! This problem was remedied, however, after a very determined search by Gloria Hassall of Great Britain. She became connected with her American ‘family’ and it seems ‘never the twain shall part.’ It is a heart-warming story of many emotions. Only after we watched the DVD did we realize the impact one person’s actions can have on so many. We also realize that, now that Ms. Hassall has made this connection, it is only the true beginning of her journey back in time as she traces her ancestors back as far as the paper path will lead her. Wouldn’t it be comical if her search took her back to England! Kudos to Patsy Miller for leading a very interesting interview and for allowing the interviewees plenty of time to answer questions posed and to tell their stories. Kudos to Jennifer Sheppard for capturing the moments.

Again, congratulations to our award winners, not just for earning and receiving the awards, but for doing the quality and in depth work necessary to be judged worthy.  We would be sunk without all of our researchers and the incredible work they do.  Thank you everyone for your contributions to all of the resources we provide to our members and the public as well.  We hope this encourages people to research, contribute and participate.  You never know what tidbit will be the thing that leads to the discovery of the colonists descendants today!!!!  Will that critical piece of information come from you?


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