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Event: Sat. Sept. 13, NC Museum of History, Raleigh. NC stories that are stranger than fiction!

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Remember to come out and learn about some of the more unusual stories from North Carolina’s history this Saturday, September 13th at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh!

ncpedia eventSTRANGER THAN FICTION: True stories found in NCpedia

Saturday, September 13, 2014
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


Did you know that Craven County was once home to a self-kicking machine? That Tarboro had a refrigerated pool in 1930s? Or that the state laid claim to the world’s longest beard? Come celebrate North Carolina history by hearing about some of its stranger stories. They can now be found in the State Library of North Carolina’s online encyclopedia, NCpedia!


Make your own “Stranger than Fiction” booklet, filled with North Carolina facts and activities, or a paper cardinal, North Carolina’s State Bird! More of a dog person? Color a Plott Hound, North Carolina’s State Dog!


A panel of experts will share lesser known, entertaining stories from North Carolina’s history!

You’ll hear from:

  • Kelly Agan, Digital Media Librarian, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.
  • Robert Anthony, Curator, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
  • B. J. Davis, Education Section Chief, North Carolina Museum of History.
  • Michael Hill, Head, Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History.
  • Dr. William S. Price, Jr., Former Director of the N.C. Division of Archives and History and Former Kenan Professor of History, Meredith College.
  • Mark Simpson-Vos, Editorial Director, University of North Carolina Press.

This event celebrates the publication of thousands of articles in the NCpedia from the University of North Carolina Press’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, and North Carolina Gazetteer, as well as articles from the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History, the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, NC Natural Heritage Program, and more! NCpedia’s expansion has been funded in part with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

There will be something for the entire family including children’s activities! Join us to learn more and to talk with one of our NCpedia project partners! For more information, call the NC Government & Heritage Library at 919-807-7450 or send us an email at Reservations are not required.

Breaking Brick Walls in Genealogy: Slaves in County Deeds of North Carolina

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One of the series-brick wallsbiggest brick walls to researching enslaved ancestors is finding documents that name slaves, and therefore able to pinpoint their slave holder(s). Many official documents fail to give the names of slaves. For example, with a very few exceptions, the 1850 and 1860 census slave schedule list the slave holder and the number of slaves owned by gender and age, but fail to list the names of slaves. Even in court records, wills, or estates that refer to specific slaves, they may give only age and gender without naming them. 2 new sources recently came to my attention and wanted to share them with you.


NC County of the Week: Pender County, North Carolina

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The NC County of the Week for September 7, 2014  through September 13, 2014 is Pender County, NC!Pender County NCPender County was formed in 1875 and  its namesake is  Confederate general William D. Pender, who died at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

For more information on Pender County this week, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board!


State Doc Pick of the Week: Helping Your Child to Read, 1974

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September 6 is Read a Book Day

Calling all readers aReadChildnd non-readers! Celebrate Read a Book Day by traveling back in time to 1974 with Helping your Child to Read available in the North Carolina State Government Publications Collection. Although the year is 1974, many of the same ideas exist today, especially introducing reading to your child at a young age. The publication focuses on the five senses to help develop a bigger vocabulary. Some examples of ideas include the classic I Spy game, memory games, and making a scrapbook of favorite things.  And the best advice of all . . .take your child to visit the public library!

Helping Your Child to Read can be found here:

Looking for  more information on your local  North Carolina public library? Check out this list here, 






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