Old Salem Museums and Gardens

This page is your jumping off point to the services that Federation offers to its members and explore all we have to offer. Whether you're looking for the latest news on what's happening in public history in North Carolina, need a short-term loan to produce a project or event or just need some advice on how your organization, we're here to help.

We present the Albert Ray Newsome Award annually in recognition of outstanding work by member organizations in the preservation and promotion of local history.

Learn About the Newsome Award

If you have questions about any of our services, contact Adrienne Berney by email or by phone at (919) 814-6641.



Published quarterly, the Federation Bulletin contains information of interest to member organizations. In lists upcoming grant deadlines, discusses useful historical resources, shares member news, and alerts readers to upcoming workshops, conferences, and webinars.

Organizational membership includes a subscription to the Bulletin. The State Libary has digitzed issues up through March 2018.

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We invite you to join the Federation so you can receive the current issue of the Federation Bulletin by email.

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The Federation also publishes a list of useful books available through the State Library as well as a list of historical publications available from Federation members.



The Federation offers interest-free revolving loans to non-profit organizations in North Carolina with a historical, educational focus. Groups do not have to be a member to apply, though members receive priority. Applications are reviewed for historical merit. The types of loans are:

Historical Publications

Groups may apply for amounts up to $15,000 for the publication of historical books or pamphlets. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Grantees have one year in which to repay the loan. A list of previously produced publications is available.

See a List of Publications Created Through the Revolving Fund

Historical/Educational Videos/CDs

Groups may apply for amounts up to $15,000 for the production of historical videos or CDs. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Grantees have one year in which to repay the loan.

Special Events

Organizations may request up to $1,500 to use as seed money for special events. Grantees have three months in which to repay the loan.


To apply for any of these loans, please contact Adrienne Berney by email or by phone at (919) 814-6641.



2020 Hometown History Workshops: Exhibit Skills

Explore and practice several key exhibit production techniques at a workshop in your region this spring! Federation Coordinator, Adrienne Berney teams up with local exhibit experts to instruct these sessions. Participants will focus on design and printing and practice exhibit writing and simple mount-making.

  • Note: this workshop is now full. February 17, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Smithfield Public Library: Todd Johnson of the Johnston County Heritage Center, Donna Bailey-Taylor of the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, and Beth Navarez of Historical Consulting will co-instruct. weather contingency date, February 24. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please email
  • June 8, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the High Point Museum. Museum staff will co-instruct.
  • TBD June at Mars Hill University, Renfro Library.

To attend any of the workshops please complete the online registration form and pay the appropriate fee.

Workshop Registration Form

Contact Adrienne Berney: or 919-814-6641.

Workshop Registration