Cultural and Natural Resources in North Carolina
Jordan Lake is younger than you might think. Learn more about the archaeological work that made the lake's construction possible.
Recovering the artifacts might be the fun part, but the real magic happens during conservation.
The beginning of 2012 field season at Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge has seen in situ monitoring and artifact recovery work completed.
On this 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, an overview of the five men who attended the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.
Secretary Linda Carlisle spoke to Congress about how libraries support the workforce.
Explore antique autos and their role in North Carolina life at museums in Spencer and Raleigh.
An accidental nap led to the explosion of our state's largest industry, tobacco.
Our North Carolina Time Traveler takes a trip to Scotland and finds connections to the Tar Heel State.
Rose O’Neal Greenhow was a widowed Washington socialite turned Confederate spy. While well known for her pro-states’ rights and slavery expansionist views, she also maintained friendly relationships with leaders from the North.
Several state historic sites have raised their fees to ensure that they can continue to preserve North Carolina’s past and give you the best possible experience. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes.
Several great Olympians of the past have come from North Carolina, and in celebration of the opening of the London games, we’ve gathered a few of their stories in one place.
Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College focused on fine arts education—but the education was not always textbook, so to speak. The teachers and students lived together as a community and learned from one another.
Blackbeard may be North Carolina's most nortorious pirate, but he's certainly North Carolina's only infamous buccaneer. Stede Bonnet, a frequent co-conspirator of Blackbeard's gave his mentor a run for his money in terms of infamy.
Two of the world's most famous sets of conjoined twins have Tar Heel ties. We take a look at their stories and offer suggestions on places you can explore to connect with those stories in person.
Criminal or Civil War-era savoir of the poor? The jury is still out on the life and times of Robeson County's Henry Berry Lowrie.
Chances are if you grew up in North Carolina or even if you vacationed here as a kid, you probably went to see an outdoor drama or two with your family. Did you know that this summertime tradition got its start North Carolina?
The CSS Neuse will begin a three-mile journey from its current home at the CSS Neuse/Gov. Caswell Memorial to a new, custom-built, climate controlled building at 100 N. Queen St., in downtown Kinston.
Underwater archaeology in North Carolina has received a lot of press lately thanks to the Queen Anne’s Revenge project. But the state’s Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) actually got its start because of a ship that went down 150 years ago this month—the Confederate blockade runner Modern Greece.
An old photograph helped historians identify the lost location of Confederate graves at Benotnville Battlefield. Visitors to the site today can learn about the lives of the soldiers remembered by that photograph.
Though the use of railroad hospital cars declined sharply after the Korean War, the N.C. Transportation Museum preserves their story.
The story of the German Enigma machine and how you can see one for yourself in Hatteras.
In January 1866, North Carolina became the first Confederate state to authorize funds for the purchase of artificial limbs for veterans. A new book explores the program.
Elmer Gibson played a critical role in American society and served the United States Army during some of the most pivotal time periods in American history.
A look at the World War II invasion of the Aleutian Islands through the eyes of a North Carolinian who was there.
How an intern with the State Historic Preservation Office is helping to make our state historic treasures accessible to all with just a few click of the mouse.
Censors have impacted the communication of soldiers throughout history. We take a look at how on affected Elmer Gibson.
Headed to a lighthouse this summer? We have a few suggestions of other places you won't want to miss.
A new sculpture in downtown Wilmington highlights one of our state's most unique natural treasures.
An exmination of the role of military chaplains through the specific lens of the life of Elmer Gibson.
Integration of the armed forces was a long process. We look at the history of that process with an eye toward one African American Army chaplain.
A look at the correspondence concerning Elmer Gibson's Legion of Merit Award in 1945.
Recently the Military Collection received the private collection of Elmer P. Gibson, a black chaplain in the United States Army throughout World War II and the Korean War.
In celebration of the new exhibit of Blackbeard artifacts in Beaufort, here a few facts about the man who is arguably the world's most notorious pirate.
You may think barbecuing is as American as apple pie, but you may have pirates to thank for the word and the practice.
Blackbeard the pirate was a marked man. Read more about his unfortunate demise.
One of the most mysterious of the artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s shipwreck, Queen Anne’s Revenge, is a little bronze bell thought to be Spanish in origins. It bears the inscription ANO DE 1705, and engravings IHS MARIA, which translates as “Jesus and the Virgin Mary.”
A tiny set of seven bronze nesting weight cups recovered from the shipwreck of Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s flagship, packs a big message.
Blackbeard was no stranger to the high life, and his flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge, carried in her hold a large silver spoon, known as a 'cannon-handled' serving spoon, that was typically made between 1680 and 1720.
Have a green thumb? We have garden experiences galore.
All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women's history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state's past.
Learn more about six of North Carolina's most proflific African American female writers.
From India to Australia, the international press is abuzz with news of the exciting discovery by North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources archaeologists of a sword that could be one of Blackbeard’s.
As we remember the life of Robert Campbell, Jr., a look at how his family's kitchen table helped spur civil rights in Raleigh.
Looking for something to do this holiday season? Explore photos, letters and more showcasing Tar Heel Christmases past.
Looking for something to do this holiday season? Start by assembling your family tree.
While summer is winding down, 2nd Saturdays is gearing up for its final programs of the year at 37 state historic sites and museums on Aug. 14.
Duke Homestead, once home to the Duke family that started a worldwide tobacco empire, is an historic gem.
Find free family fun at historic sites and museums across North Carolina this Fourth of July.
Underwater Archaeology Branch Head Richard Lawrence discusess the significance of one of North Carolina’s oldest shipwrecks.
Behind-the-scenes of the new "North Carolina Places and Faces" installation at the N.C. Museum of Art.
Thousands of maps from North Carolina's largest repositories are now available online thnaks to a grant from the State Library.
A look at the impact and history of North Carolina libraries in honor of National Library Week.
Members of the media got their first look at the new home of the North Carolina Museum of Art's permanent collection earlier this week