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State Doc Pick of the Week : North Carolina Education Lottery Strategic Plan

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The North Carolina Education Lottery Commission released their latest strategic plan for the N.C. education lottery. The strategic plan covers the next five years for the N.C. education lottery and the plan is focused on ensuring continued success in raising money for education in North Carolina.

The plan itself contains the many different goals that the N.C. lottery has planned for the next 5 years and the strategies they intend to use to reach these goals.

The N.C. Education Lottery will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 30, 2016.

You can view, download, print, and save this document and future reports here.

North Carolina State Parks Centennial Collection: New Resources in NCpedia

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This year North Carolina state parks celebrate the 100th anniversary of the park program, beginning with the creation of Mount Mitchell State Park in 1916.

NCpedia has created a new state parks collection to help celebrate and share the history and connect viewers with resources and documentary collections that help tell the parks’ stories.  The new collection includes park histories for individual state parks as well as resources on the history of other park units (such as state trails and natural areas).

We’ve also added a 100-year timeline of the history of the state’s parks.  It’s an interactive experience, pulling together short histories of the parks with historic images drawn from a number of collections — including the collection of the North Carolina State Parks, the North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina state government document collections, historical publications, the North Carolina Collection at UNC and the Digital Public Library of America, among others — and it includes a geo-referenced feature with a map and links to park histories, giving viewers another option for exploring the timeline.

And visit our GHL North Carolina State Parks Pinterest board for images of parks, from the 19th to 21st century.  We’re up to 146 images, and counting!

— Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library


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


North Carolina State Parks History Interactive Timeline -- click here to view

North Carolina State Parks History Interactive Timeline — click here to view

Using Wills in Genealogical Research

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Will of David Bradford 1779, Mecklenburg County (snippet)

Will of David Bradford 1779, Mecklenburg County (snippet)

Many researchers search for the wills of their ancestors and for a good reason: you can learn a lot from the information contained within! Let’s talk about the ways wills are helpful and how you can find them in North Carolina through 1900.

While wills in North Carolina were left primarily by men, according to author Helen Leary (27), plenty of women left them as well, It is less common to find those belonging to women, but they are there even back to the 1700s. For example, Ann Givin dated 1813 in Person County and another in Pasquotank County dated 1740 and left by Mary Glaister (Mitchell, 9, 189). (more…)

Weather Notice: January 22 & 23, 2016

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UPDATED 1/22/2016, 3:00p.m.

The Government & Heritage Library  closed to the public at 2:30p.m. on January 22nd due to inclement weather. The Government & Heritage Library will not open to the public on Saturday, January 23rd, also due to inclement weather. The State Archives of North Carolina has announced they will be closed on Saturday, January 23rd as well on their Facebook page.

Please check the following websites for more information:

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