Michael Y. Taylor has been director of Pender County Public Libraries for the past 29 years. A native of Burgaw, his Taylor roots extend to Revolutionary Era Duplin County and Civil War era Sampson County before his grandfather migrated to Pender about 1918.
Taylor will be providing an update on the Dallas Herring Collection formerly of Rose Hill. It has been the major holding of the Dallas Herring Carolina Heritage Research Center, an annex of Pender County Public Library in Burgaw since September 2013. Mike will also reflect on historical connections, both personal and private, between Duplin and Pender (old New Hanover prior to 1875) counties.
Last year Governor McCrory appointed Mike as chairman of the NC Public Librarian Certification Commission. He also serves on the board of the Friends of the NC Archives, the advisory council of the NC Digital Heritage Center at UNC-CH, and the NC Historic Newspaper Digitization Project both at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a past president of the NC Public Library Directors Association. He is married to Alicia Dees Taylor and they are the parents of two children, now grown.
The historical society will meet on Saturday, August 1 at noon at the Rose Hill Restaurant in Rose Hill in the Tar Heel Room. The meeting is open to the public. Lunch is optional. The meeting begins after lunch.
Taylor was initially scheduled to speak at the May 2015 meeting, but rescheduled to the August meeting.
The Duplin County Historical Society meets quarterly on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November. Unless otherwise notified, the meetings are held at the Rose Hill Restaurant in Rose Hill at 12 noon. Lunch is available at the current pricing rate.