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We work hard to preserve North Carolina's treasures, provide the best cultural events and advocate for the state's arts industry, but we couldn't do any of it without your support.

We're working on way to allow you to give to an unrestricted fund where leaders from our department can match your funds with our programs that need them the most. In the mean time, several of our historic sites, museums and special programs are in particular need.


Battleship North Carolina Generations Campaign

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is in urgent need to repair to the ship’s hull and is now asking the public for their help. Calling for all hands on deck, the Generations Campaign is the crucial effort to fund these imperative repairs. Without these repairs, the ship will no longer be able to serve as North Carolina’s memorial to those who served and died during World War II and for all those who continue to serve and protect our nation’s freedoms. 

While the NORTH CAROLINA defeated all enemies in battle, 50 years of corrosion has taken its toll. Her once thick steel hull is now wafer thin along the tideline. In some places a finger can poke through the hull. With no federal or state funding for operations, and over 250,000 visitors each year, the NORTH CAROLINA depends on passionate individuals to preserve her as a memorial and as an education center for our future generations.

Give to the Battleship North Carolina's Generations Campaign

North Carolina Civil War History Center

The North Carolina Civil War History Center will be the first museum in the nation to tackle the difficult topics of the Civil War and Reconstruction from the perspective of a single state and all of its people. The $65 million project will take a phased, multi-year approach and is affiliated with our current regional history museum in Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear.

The four-acre History Center site will include a 60,000-square-foot main museum built outside the U.S. Arsenal at Fayetteville’s archaeological footprint, protecting the remnants of the asset seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and leveled by William T. Sherman’s engineers four years later. The existing 1896 E.A. Poe House and three Civil War-era structures, currently on the property, are incorporated into the larger, interpretive plan as well.

Learn More About Giving to the North Carolina Civil War Interpretive Center


Save Alamance Battleground

Alamance Battleground

The State of North Carolina has preserved 60 acres of these battleground lands as a State Historic Site, open to the public. Two tracts of land adjacent to the Site are now up for sale. These lands include the actual epicenter of the battle in addition to lands utilized by Regulators during the leadup to the battle, and their retreat and triage afterward.


Please help us in safeguarding a culturally and historically valuable battlefield!  The Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington, North Carolina is tucked between the growing cities of Greensboro and Durham. Acquisition of the property will, in large measure, help prevent residential or commercial developments from encroaching on this historical site.  Preventing the urbanization of the site is critical for an authentic interpretation of colonial frontier life, circa 1771.  Historic interpreters and reenactors battling against a backdrop of new homes or a strip mall cheapens the educational integrity of the site. Most importantly, the site was a battleground and many men lost their lives. Nine members of the Governor’s militia were killed and 61 wounded. The Regulator losses were much greater, though exact numbers are unknown. Governor Tryon took 15 prisoners; seven were hung later. 

Preserving this land will honor the legacy of those who made early sacrifices that ultimately paved the path toward American independence.

Learn more about how to help save Alamance