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New in NCpedia: North Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Timeline

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North Carolina Historically Black Colleges & Universities HBCUs. Click here for the NCpedia North Carolina HBCUs Timeline

Click here for the NCpedia North Carolina HBCUs Timeline

New in NCpedia: North Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Timeline

NCpedia has a new interactive timeline! 

Tracing the history of North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), it brings together brief histories of North Carolina’s twelve HBCUs, developed between 1865 and 1910, and images from a range of collections and historic publications.

The timeline was developed by Christine Alston, a student in the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, during her recent graduate student field experience at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library. The timeline was created using TimeMapper. An open-source application created by Open Knowledge Labs, TimeMapper is freely available and is built on relatively simple web technologies. The timeline is generated from information entered into a simple Google spreadsheet template (provided by TimeMapper) and run on the web. Virtually anyone from professionals, to teachers, students and family historians can create visually interesting and interactive timelines. No programming experience needed!

Click here for the NCpedia North Carolina HBCUs Collection

Click here for the NCpedia North Carolina HBCUs Collection

Check out the timeline and more NCpedia resources on African American history and education in North Carolina:

 

Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library

 

 

New LibGuide : State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina

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The Clearinghouse team is revamping a number of research guides located on the North Carolina State Government Publications digital collection webpage. These new guides will be in a slightly different format and will include more up-to-date resources. Check out the recently published LibGuide featuring State Publications
about African Americans in North Carolina. Stay tuned for future updates!

LibGuides for Agricultural Statistics in North Carolina, Eugenics in North Carolina, and Military History in North Carolina are all in the works, with more planned.

You can access the State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina here.

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 http://ncpedia.org/listening-to-history/.

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

New NCpedia collection: Exploring North Carolina: The Civil Rights Movement

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Photograph of statue of the A&T Four (Greensboro Four) on the campus of North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, N.C., by cewatkin, 2000 Wikimedia Commons. Used with Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

Photograph of statue of the A&T Four (Greensboro Four) on the campus of North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, N.C., by cewatkin, 2000 Wikimedia Commons. Used with Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.

NCpedia has been at work developing “curated” collections to bring together resources for a number of broad topical areas.  Now that the site has more than 7,000 articles, these collections are designed to help researchers find more useful articles, explore a range of subtopics within broader categories, and to connect content that helps tell aspects of the state’s history and stories.

This week we added a collection for the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina.

The collection presents several topical areas with links to related articles and search results in the NCpedia collection. Topics cover many focal points for the history of the Civil Rights movement in the state, including African American, Native American, and Women’s history.  And the collection also includes a listing of more than 20 lesson plans from the NC Civic Education Consortium, with links to the individual activity guides.

Broad categories included in the Civil Rights collection:

And visit these additional curated “Exploring North Carolina” collections that are also now online at NCpedia:

And as always, if you need help locating North Carolina information, find us online at NCpedia or contact us at the N.C. Government & Heritage Library!

— Kelly Agan, N.C. Government & Heritage Library

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