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January, 2014:

State Doc Pick of the Week : African Americans in early North Carolina : a documentary history

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AAinearlyNCIn honor of Black History Month, our State Doc Pick of the Week posts all throughout February will focus on African American related state documents. Published by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Office of Archives and History, this document gives an overview of the history of African Americans in North Carolina. The introduction provides a brief history of slavery in the world, specifically North Carolina, and the remainder of the document traces the history, travel, hopes, and triumphs of African Americans (slave and free) from early North Carolina to the end of the 18th century. This document has limited access and can only be accessed in the State Library of North Carolina Reading Room. So stop by the State Library and take a look at this interesting document here!

Free Workshop: Genealogy of a House – February 22, 2014

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Genealogy of a House: Researching the History of Your House*

February 22, 2014, 10-11a.m.

Program to  be held at the Department of Cultural Resources Building, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.

 Staff from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office will discuss different methods of research to uncover the genealogy of your house.


  • Claudia Brown, Survey & National Register Branch Supervisor and Architectural Survey Coordinator will discuss resources for research.
  • Michael Southern, GIS coordinator and senior architectural historian will give a live demonstration of HPOWEB, web-based historic properties GIS mapping tool.
  • Mitch Wilds, Restoration Services Branch supervisor will talk about analyzing a property’s building elements in order to date it.

 To register or for more information please call (919)807-7450

or email


 *This program is part of the Government and Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina’s Saturday genealogy workshop series.




Five most viewed NCpedia articles in 2013

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I have to admit that the list of the five most popular NCpedia articles for 2013 surprised me. Some articles are popular for a few days or a few months. Others seem popular throughout the course of the entire year. Our articles about state symbols always seem to receive a lot of web traffic, as studying state symbols is a popular topic for students in North Carolina and across the country.

Below is a list of the five most viewed articles in NCpedia. Have you read them yet? If not, take a look!

1. Lumbee Indians Face the Ku Klux Klan, 1958, reprinted from “This Month in North Carolina History” series from UNC Libraries.

2. Women in the 1920s in North Carolina, from the NC Museum of History’s Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine.

3. Outfitting an American Revolutionary Soldier, from the NC Museum of History’s Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine.

4. WWI: Technology and the weapons of war, from the NC Museum of History’s Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine.

5. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina

Weather Alert: January 28 (afternoon) and January 29, 2014

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Inclement weather has been forecast in NC for the afternoon of 1/28 and for 1/29. If you are planning to visit the Government & Heritage Library this afternoon or tomorrow, please call us first at 919-807-7450.

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