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April 17, 2023

April Book Signing sponsored by the Wake County Historical Society

April Book Signing sponsored by the Wake County Historical Society

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Ruth Little will give a presentation for the Wake County Historical Society on her newest book, The Book of Ruth, Taming Ghosts, Saving History. It is an engaging recollection and reflection on the life of a girl born into a traditional Southern family, with traditional Southern complications. She then sought and found her own non-traditional path to and through adulthood. It is fortunate for the state of North Carolina that Ruth Little braided together her interests and those of her native state.

Margaret Ruth Little, a native of North Carolina, has an M.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in art history and folklore. For over forty years she has studied the architecture, decorative arts, and social history of the Upper South through her employment at the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office, and, since 1990, as the owner of Longleaf Historic Resources, a cultural resources consulting firm. She has taught at N. C. State University and at UNC-Greensboro. Her publications include Sticks and Stones: Three Centuries of North Carolina Gravemarkers; The Town and Gown Architecture of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1795-1975; Carolina Cottage, A Personal History of the Piazza House; and Through the Crystal Ball of the Chancellor’s Residence: North Carolina State University 1928-2012. Her article “Getting the American Dream for Themselves: Postwar Modern Subdivisions for African Americans in Raleigh, North Carolina,” published in 2012 in the journal Buildings and Landscapes, won the award of excellence of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2013. Since 2011 she has researched the history of her neighborhood, Oberlin Village, in Raleigh.