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The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the North Carolina Office of Archives and History have recently published a new book—and for the first time, a children’s book—titled My N.C. from A to Z. Children, parents, and caregivers will love learning about North Carolina through this beautifully illustrated board book. It is a great book for baby or toddler, but the amazing illustrations and important contemporary and historical topics make it enjoyable for all ages.

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In celebration of Black History Month, we’ve gathered some suggestions on how to explore and research black history using the NC Digital Collections and NCpedia, two digital resources managed by the Government & Heritage Library.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of everything you can find related to black history in our collections but is hopefully a solid introduction!   

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Marriage records are a very important vital record to family history researchers, but those enslaved ancestors who were married while enslaved often left no record of the marriage. Sometimes, the slaveholder recorded the marriage in their personal records; however, because of the records’ personal nature, they may still be with the family, or the records may not have survived. In 1866, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that allowed formerly enslaved people to record their marriages with the county to make the marriage legally recognized.

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The State Library's partnership with NC LIVE provides GHL and its users electronic access to digital content covering careers, business, investing, health, history, and genealogy. Learn more about all the resources available to us.

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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.</body></html>

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At the recent 2019 North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) Conference, we were reminded of the unnatural (or man-made) disasters that can wreak havoc on collections, such as older pipes bursting and leaking toilets. As the weather turns colder and frost appears on outside surfaces, we need to think about the internal structures that house our diverse collections. Many of the state’s cultural institutions, organizations, and libraries are living in older buildings with older pipes.

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On the anniversary of Melvil Dewey’s birth, December 10th, librarians and fans everywhere take a moment to celebrate the most widely used classification system in the world: Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). This includes the Government and Heritage Library (GHL), which has long used Dewey to catalog almost everything except state and federal publications.

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