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Ed Menhinick and Pozy Menhinick, 2014-05-09

Identifier: cc-me0008

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Keeping Watch: City of Creeks includes video interviews with individuals, pairs, and groups of people about their experiences with Charlotte Mecklenburg creeks and rivers. The interviews were conducted by history graduate student Tenille Todd in cooperation with Mary Newsom, Associate Director of Urban and Regional Affairs at the Urban Institute. The interviews were part of Keeping Watch, a three-year initiative (2014-2016) led by the Urban Institute, the College of Arts and Architecture, and independent arts curator, June Lambla of Lambla artWORKS. The interdisciplinary project invited artists, historians, writers, scientists and environmental groups to engage the public around environmental issues.


  • Creation: 2014-05-09


Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Biographical Note

Dr. Edward F. Menhinick was a 78-year-old man at the time of this interview, which took place at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1935. He received his BA from Emory University, his Masters' degree from Cornell, and his Ph.D from the University of Georgia. He was employed as a professor of biology at UNC Charlotte for 42 years. Pozy Menhinick was a 76-year-old woman at the time of this interview, which took place at her home in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born in Roberta, Georgia in 1938, and received her BS from Georgia State College for Women and her Masters' degree from the University of Georgia. She was employed as an elementary school teacher.


43 Minutes

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Dr. Ed Menhinick discusses his history from the late 1960s until around 2010. He remembers how he got started in finding fish in the streams of North Carolina. He discusses doing environmental impact reports for the county and the state on the condition of creeks and streams before and after building. Talks about pollutants like silt, what kind of values were looked for when doing the assessments and what kind of fish would be found in a dirty versus a clean stream. Tells a few tales of adventures in the streams. Recalls a trucking company that was dumping sewage into a creek in Mecklenburg County during the 1980s.

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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