33rd U.S. President Harry S. Truman addresses a huge gathering at a ground breaking of the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest College in North Carolina. President is shown arriving in a U.S. Air force C-121 Lockheed Constellation aircraft. Terminal of the airport can be seen. People have gathered to welcome the president. Clip shows several views of his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony and views of his arrival and departure from the airport. On arrival he is seen shaking hands with North Carolina governor W. Kerr Scott. He also greets College President Harold W. Tribble. During the Wake Forest University ground-breaking ceremony other dignitaries seen include Charles Babcock, Judge Hubert Olive, Odis Mull. Students and citizens seen in audience listening to President, including some students waving confederate flags.
Trotters competing in the Hambletonian Stake in Goshen, New York. Trotters racing on the track during Hambletonian Stake at the Good Time Park in Goshen. Crowds gathered on both sides of the track watch the race. The crowd cheers the racers. Mary Reynolds, a filly owned by William N.Reynolds of Winston-Salem, North Carolina wins the race. William Reynolds with a huge garland of flowers.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
Wright brother's workshop where they began work on their first plane in Dayton, Ohio.
The experimental wind tunnel of the Wright brothers, kept on a test bench. Interior of the wind tunnel. A photograph of first take off at Kitty hawk, North Carolina. A souvenir on the eighteenth birthday anniversary of Orville Wright, on August 19, 1951.
U.S. 82nd Airborne Division makes preparation and maneuvers showing defense strength in North Carolina. Air Force personnel and aircraft at air base. Heavy equipment are loaded onto aircraft. Paratroopers of U.S. 82nd Airborne Division wear military gear and prepare for maneuver under Commander Thomas P. Hickey. Paratroopers board the aircraft. The paratroopers seated in the aircraft. The aircraft in flight. Parachutists jump from the aircraft. The parachutists descend and land on a rugged terrain. Several paratroopers get wounded due to failure landing. The paratroopers move into action and get alert. They fire artillery and army tanks. Troops maneuver and face attacks as jets strafe.
Credits for the documentary titled 'Creative Hands' about mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. Background info about earlier handicrafts as an important part of civilization. A farmer weaves, sculpts a swan, whittle in clay. Scene change to New York City and busy areas of Manhattan, with people outside the Rockefeller Center in New York watching ice skaters. Women do window shopping. People enter Radio City Music Hall. Scene change again to farming areas in the mountains of southwest North Carolina. Animated map of United States. Wide views of farmland and a house in Brasstown North Carolina. Men cut a tree for lumber using a two man saw. Teacher at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown helps farmer to develop creative ideas using local materials. A sign reads "John C Campbell Folk School Handcrafts." Farmers walk with their materials and are seen seated at a table of the school showing some of their handicrafts. They are taught creative ideas by the teacher.