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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 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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