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Senior citizens participate in a writing class at the Pitt County Senior Center on Monday afternoon. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Senior citizens participate in a writing class at the Pitt County Senior Center on Monday afternoon. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Perserving history in words

By Kim Grizzard

The Daily Reflector

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A search for the name Parmalee Hawk on Amazon.com shows several titles by this author, published over a period of three decades. But the book the former East Carolina University professor is working on now is one she hopes almost no one will read.

Except her four children.


Hawk, who retired as director of teacher education at ECU in 2004, has spent the last five years back in the classroom as a student in Pitt Community College’s Family Stories Workshop. In this class, taught by author Patsy Baker O’Leary, the goal is not publication. It is preservation.

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Bless your heart
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