Ring in 2020 with Upcoming GHL Events

Monday, January 13, 2020

Happy New Year from the Government & Heritage Library (GHL)! We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful 2020! Looking for fun (and free) events to start the New Year? The GHL will be kicking off the new decade with an array of exciting events and may even be visiting a city near you soon! Check out what events are coming up over the next few months: Dr. Lea E. Williams author of “We Who Believe in Freedom: The Life and Times of Ella Baker" stopped by the GHL pop-up library at during the 2019 African American Cultural Celebration.

Pop-Up Library at the Museum of Life and Science 

Sunday, January 19th, Museum of Life and Science, 10:00 am-3:00 pm 
Visit the GHL’s Pop-Up Library at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC during their “Discover DNA” Event! GHL staff will discuss how you can get started with researching your own family history and library resources that can help you make further discoveries in your family tree. Staff will also be available to help you get your own State Library card! After your visit to the Pop-Up Library, check out the museum’s wide variety of interactive activities for all ages to explore the world of DNA! 

Pop-Up Library at the African American Cultural Celebration 

Saturday, January 25th, North Carolina Museum of History, 10:30 am-4:30 pm 
Celebrate Black History Month early and stop by to visit the GHL’s Pop-Up Library at the 19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of History! This year’s theme is “20(20) Vision: A 400-Year Legacy: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Claiming Our Identity” and will include arts & crafts, food, and musical and artistic performances! The GHL booth will feature information about African American history and culture, and how to start researching your family history, plus the opportunity to apply for your own State Library card! Don’t miss this celebration which only comes once a year and is sure to be fun for the entire family! To learn more about this event and register to attend, please visit the following link: https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/aacc-2020.

Pop-Up Library at Family History Day, Historic Stagville  

Sunday, February 8th, Historic Stagville, 10:00am-2:00pm 
Enjoy Family History Day at Historic Stagville in Durham, NC to kick-off Black History Month! While wandering the grounds of this state historic site, whose mission focuses on educating visitors about the lives of formerly enslaved people, stop by the GHL’s Pop-Up Library, to find information, resources, and tips on how to research enslaved ancestors in North Carolina and your own family’s history! And be sure to apply for your State Library card while you’re there! Afterward, explore Historic Stagville to learn more about what life might have been like for individuals who lived on this plantation property in the 18th and 19th centuries.  

Pop-Up Library at Community Appreciation Day, Tryon Palace 

Sunday, February 8th, Tryon Palace, 10:00am-4:00pm 
Spend the day at historic Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC with your family and participate in a variety of free tours and activities for all ages! The GHL will have a special Pop-Up Library booth that will feature information on how you can start your family history research and what tools you can use to research women and people of color. Staff will also be available to help you get your own State Library card! To learn more about this special day, visit the following link: https://www.tryonpalace.org/communityappreciationday

Introduction to African American Genealogy Class 

Wednesday, February 12th, Government & Heritage Library, 10:00-11:00 am 
Join the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library for an introduction to resources for finding African American ancestors. During this session, learn tips and tricks unique to African American family history research.  http://bit.ly/GHLFeb2020  

Black History Month Read-In 

Saturday, February 29th, Pure Life Theatre, 1:00-4:00 pm 
Yes, you read that date correctly! Enjoy your extra day for Leap Year and celebrate literature during Black History Month with a Read-In!  Excerpts by authors, musicians, poets, scholars, orators, and more, will be read. This year's theme is inspired by stories and figures found in  the new board book "My NC, A to Z!" This event is FREE and open to the public.  The Read-In will be held at the Pure Life Theatre in the Historic Royal Bakery Building at 3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113, Raleigh, NC 27607. 
This event is presented by the NC African American Heritage Commission, in partnership with the State Capitol State Historic Site and the State Library of North Carolina. 

And coming up in the Personal Digital Archiving Series*: 

Personal Digital Archiving workshop held in November 2019.

Personal Digital Archiving: Store & Protect 

Wednesday, March 11th, Government & Heritage Library, 10:00-11:00 am 
Part two of this workshop series focuses on file naming and file organization, exporting data, storage options, and best practices for long-term preservation. 

Personal Digital Archiving: Manage & Provide 

Wednesday, May 13th, Government & Heritage Library, 10:00-11:00 am 
Part three of this workshop series focuses on managing access to your content and copies, reviewing and maintaining your archive, password management, and planning for the unexpected.  
*These workshops are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-19-0034-19). 
Throughout 2020, let us help you reach your New Year’s resolutions! Whether you hope to spend more time reading about North Carolina, discover new connections in your family tree, or learn interesting facts about the history and culture of the Old North State, the staff at the Government & Heritage Library are happy to help you reach your goals! Have questions? Contact us at (919) 814-6790 or slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov



Taylor Thompson, Reference Assistant