Frederick Augustus Olds Statue, Raleigh
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The statue depicts Frederick Augustus Olds holding a key in his right hand. He is shown dressed in a suit (slacks, shirt, vest, and tie) and hat. A small plaque and pedestal stand to the left of the statue and contains information regarding Frederick Augustus Olds as well as the statue itself.
Images: Bronze plaque
FREDERICK AUGUSTUS OLDS / (1853-1935) / COLONEL FRED OLDS FOUNDED THE HALL OF HISTORY, NOW THE / NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY, IN 1902. HE DEVOTED HIS / LIFE TO PRESERVING THE STATE'S HERITAGE. / IN MEMORY OF DELLIE HARDISON SMITH, A CREATIVE PLANNER FOR THIS NORTH CAROLINA / MUSEUM OF HISTORY BUILDING.
The text also appears below the main inscription in braille.
North Carolina Museum of History
35.781190 , -78.638980 View in Geobrowse
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Frederick Augustus Olds was an early advocate of "social history" (history about and for the people) and is considered the father of the North Carolina Museum of History after he undertook an editorial campaign which called on people to save historic artifacts and documents during which he even requested that such items be sent to him. He amassed some three hundred items which served as the basis for the Hall of History which opened in 1902. After its opening, Olds ran the museum for 32 years during which time he visited each county in the state at least three times and accumulated approximately 30,000 artifacts.
The statue stands between the entrance to the Museum of History and the planters which line the museum's front. It is surrounded by concrete steps.