Special Programs and Policy Initiatives Not everything we do fits easily into one box. Whether it's combining history with science to help preserve the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, honoring our state's leaders in the fine arts, literature, public service and science or helping to beautify North Carolina's roads and bridges, our special programs showcase some of the best and brightest that the Tar Heel State has to offer and tell unique stories from North Carolina history. Click the tiles below to learn more about each. Civil War Sesquicentennial Active between 2011 and the spring of 2015, the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee worked to commemorate the richness, diversity and significance of the state’s participation in and contributions to the American Civil War. Queen Anne's Revenge Project In 1997, our archaeologists began exploring, documenting and recovering the archaeological remains of Blackbeard's flagship near Beaufort. We're continuing to preserve artifacts from the wreck so they'll be here for generations to come. North Carolina Award Given annually since 1964, the North Carolina Award is the highest civilian honor given by the state. It recognizes significant contributions in the fields of fine art, literature, public service and science.