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Oral history series now included in NCpedia

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"Listening to History" in NCpedia. Click here to visit the collection.

“Listening to History” in NCpedia. Click here to visit the collection.

What impression did the Glen Coal Mine Disaster leave on a seven year old who witnessed it?  What role did a student leader at Shaw University play in the Civil Rights movement? What was life like on the home front in World War II for women taking on traditional male jobs? What is the role of place in a person’s life and memory?

These and many other themes are brought to life in captivating, personal stories found in David Cecelski’s “Listening to History” series, now included in NCpedia.

For ten years, historian David Cecelski’s monthly “Listening to History” series appeared in a Sunday edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. The oral history series included personal histories of important events as well as of daily life in North Carolina in different places and times. Photographs of the interviewees, many taken by the News & Observer’s Chris Seward, add an even deeper connection to the pieces. The series began as part of the “Listening for a Change” project supported through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program.

Through a collaboration between David Cecelski, the News & Observer, and the N.C. Government & Heritage Library, all of “Listening to History” pieces may now be found in NCpedia at

Take a look, and let us know what gems you find!

5/18/2015: State Library Commission Meeting – Raleigh, NC

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The State Library Commission meets biannually to advise on matters relating to the operation and services of the State Library. A list of State Library Commission members for 2014-2015 may be found at The next meeting of the State Library Commission will be on May 18, 2015 in Raleigh, NC.

Government & Heritage Library closed 2-3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 26

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The Government & Heritage Library will be closed from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. today, January 26, for an all-staff meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

NC County of the Week: Lee County

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The North Carolina County of the Week for October 26 – November 1, 2014 is Lee County!

Lee County, NC

Lee County was formed in 1907 from Moore and Chatham counties. This week, we’ll be highlighting information about it on the follow social media sites:

Highlight your favorite facts or resources about Lee County by using #nccotw.

Follow Government and Heritage Library, part of the State Library of North Carolina’s board Lee County, North Carolina on Pinterest.

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