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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) handles a range of questions about North Carolina from all over the world. We have resources and expertise to answer questions about the state’s broad history and diverse culture; NC data, demographics, and statistics; state government information; and researching your ancestors who lived in or migrated through North Carolina. We can also answer questions about accessing and using our resources—and we can help K-12 students find resources about North Carolina topics during the school day through our chat reference service.

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Did you know that the state of North Carolina has been an advocate for visual and hearing-impaired residents for nearly 175 years? Or that it was the first state in the U.S. to open a school for blind and deaf African American students? To learn more about it, check out a recent addition to the North Carolina Digital Collections, Report of the State School for the Blind and the Deaf (1871-1873, 1877-1904 and 1904-1952).  

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It’s October, which means the N.C. State Fair is here! Creative chefs from all over the state will be introducing a variety of new food items for the cookery contests, and foodies and traditionalists will always find the usual fare, like turkey legs and roasted corn. But have you ever wondered how you can make these delightful dishes at home? Do you want to try some of the State Fair winning recipes from years past? Or are you looking for dishes to warm your family in the cooler weather?

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) provides onsite and remote access to several great online databases. These are invaluable resources for historians, genealogists, researchers, state employees, state agencies, teachers, and students.

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Did you party with us on Friday during the #ArchivesAncestors #ArchivesHashtagParty?

What is an #ArchivesHashtagParty?

Started by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the #ArchivesHashtagParty “is a way for all types of archives to share their collections on social media around a fun topic.” NARA organizes a theme based on a specific hashtag and encourages posts to Twitter and Instagram with that month’s hashtag on or around the first Friday of each month. 

While organized by an archive, cultural organizations from around the United States participate. This includes galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Beyond posting for an individual institution, many organizations also interact with their peers by liking, tagging, and sharing posts. 

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The Government and Heritage Library (GHL) has a new exhibit in our reading room containing some of our rarely displayed books. The new exhibit, Alexandre Vattemare: Father of Interlibrary Loan, helps celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month by exploring how many of our rare and unique books made their way into our collection. 

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Librarians at the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library (GHL) have developed an online quiz feature in NCpedia to give users a fun way to interact and engage with North Carolina history. Our first quiz is available now, and consists of ten questions designed to test your knowledge of women’s history in our state.

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You may have noticed that the library recently began using a new logo on our website and other publications.  We are using new branding as part of a move toward modern styling and to help create a unique identity for the State Library.

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