Blake Tyner comes by his love of history naturally. A descendant of some of the earliest colonial settlers of North Carolina, he grew up with a love of history that has propelled him to delve into the records and archives of North Carolina from an early age.
He holds a Masters of Library Science with a specialization in archives. He is a graduate of UNCP with a history degree, while a student there his undergraduate historical research has led to the publication of Images of America: RobesonCounty and RobesonCounty in Vintage Postcards (both have won the North Carolina Society of Historians Willie Parker Peace Historical Book awards). His first book Goin' for a Soldier won the North Carolina Society of Historians Willie Parker Peace Historical Book award in 2000.
He pursues his avocation as the Curator of the RobesonCountyHistoryMuseum. He has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and is former President of the Society of North Carolina Archivists. Blake is married to the former Bess Hubbard and they have a son.