State Historic Preservation Office Partners with Town of Swansboro to Begin Architectural Survey Update of Existing Historic Districts

The Town of Swansboro and the Swansboro Historic Preservation Commission have been awarded a 2021 federal Historic Preservation Fund grant for Certified Local Governments from the National Park Service, administered through the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. The project is to conduct an architectural survey update within the boundaries of both the National Register-listed Swansboro Historic District (NR 1990) and the locally designated Swansboro Historic District.

Historian to discuss Rise of Ku Klux Klan in Western North Carolina during Reconstruction

A free online program hosted by the Western Office of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources will examine the formation of the Ku Klux Klan. Historian Steven Nash will present an in-depth look at the rise of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction and its terroristic campaign against the biracial Republican political coalition that emerged in the late 1860s.

National Register Adds 7 North Carolina Historic Places

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that one district boundary increase, two districts and four individual properties across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The following properties were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and subsequently nominated by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register for consideration for listing in the National Register., which is maintained by the National Park Service.

DNCR Western Office Hosts Virtual Program on Reconstruction in Western North Carolina

Reconstruction remains one of the most misunderstood periods in our nation’s history. Broadly, it was about the meaning of citizenship as African American enslaved people seized their freedom and the restoration of the former Confederate states to the Union. At the local or regional level within the American South, however, these broad issues played out very differently.   

NC and SC African American Heritage Commissions Partner to Gather Black Pandemic Experiences

The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the State Archives of North Carolina are partnering with the WeGOJA Foundation on a new initiative, Black Carolinians Speak: Portraits of a Pandemic, to capture the experiences of African Americans in the Carolinas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will gather first-person testimonies, letters, music, images, art and other documents that will be part of a physical and virtual exhibit.

State Cabinet Secretaries to Visit Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary D. Reid Wilson and Department of Administration Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell will visit Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site Tuesday in Honor of American Indian Heritage Month, which is celebrated in November. The site, a significant Native American archaeological location, is located in Montgomery County near Mt. Gilead. 

The Federation of N.C. Historical Societies Presents the 2021 Albert Ray Newsome Award to the Southport Historical Society for Excellence in Local History

 A local historical group’s swift adoption of technology and social media promotion of its programming has been rewarded.

The Southport Historical Society will receive the 2021 Albert Ray Newsome Award from the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies. The Southport Historical Society was chosen for its quantity and variety of high-quality virtual and hybrid programs since March 2020.

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