Thursday, February 8, 2024

GHL Educators Newsletter - Winter 2024

Welcome to the Winter 2024 issue of the SLNC Government and Heritage Library's Educators Newsletter! Our quarterly digital newsletter is curated specifically for educators, with resources and information to make your job easier.
Raleigh, NC
Feb 8, 2024

Welcome to the Winter 2024 issue of the SLNC Government and Heritage Library's Educators Newsletter! Our quarterly digital newsletter is curated specifically for educators, with resources and information to make your job easier. Please subscribe to receive it directly in your inbox.

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month Logo that says Black History Month, featuring black, yellow, red and green.

We offer a variety of online resources to help students research Black culture, history, and people in North Carolina and beyond. Here is a list of some of these resources.


Research Guides:

History of African American Education in North Carolina 
Resources for learning about and researching the history of African American Education in North Carolina. 

State Publications about African Americans in North Carolina  
Information about African Americans in the North Carolina State Government Publications collection. 

Researching African American Ancestors 
A beginner's guide to starting your African American family history research.

North Carolina Freedom Park  
This guide is designed to provide information about the creation of the Freedom Park and its board members, an overview of African Americans' history in North Carolina, and the themes of freedom as they relate to education, business and law, and culture. 


Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
This website contains approximately 1,600 primary source documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom: Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860), the Civil War and Reconstruction Era (1861-1877), the Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932), the New Deal and World War II (1933-1945), the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975), and the Contemporary Era (1976-2000).

Journal of African American History
The Journal of African American History is an official publication of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Now in its second century, this award-winning journal publishes original scholarly articles and book reviews on all aspects of the African American experience. Accessible with an SLNC library card.

Proquest Black Historical Newspapers
These historical newspapers provide genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the time's politics, society, and events. Our subscription includes the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Michigan Chronicle, New York Amsterdam News, and the Norfolk Journal and Guide. Accessible with an SLNC library card.

We also always offer the option for virtual field trips, so if you would like to schedule one to learn more about our African American Heritage resources or any topic of study, please contact our librarians at

Celebrate Black History Month with Resources from the NC African American Commission

Mural of figures from NC African American Music Trails

Visit the NC African American Heritage Commission's webpage for Black History Month 2024. The site contains the Black History Month Toolkit, an events calendar, Black History Month Read-In book lists curated by Assistant State Librarian Dr. Tiwanna Nevels, and more.  Image courtesy of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. African American Music Trails mural by Max Dowdle, Wilson, 2023.


Get An SLNC Government & Heritage Library Card

a photo of a SLNC Government & Heritage Library card

Did you know that North Carolina residents can request a library card from the SLNC Government & Heritage Library card to access online resources and explore all things North Carolina? Apply today.


Featured New Title in Our Collection:

Cover of the book Southern Breads

Southern Breads: Recipes, Stories and Traditions by Marilyn Markel and Chris Holaday
The authors take the reader through various favorite bread recipes like cornbread, hush puppies, and of course, biscuits and explain their origins throughout the South. Visit our Raleigh library or borrow through our resource-sharing service if your library is an NC Cardinal Library Consortium member. You can also request it through interlibrary loan. 


Featured Primary Source:

front page of the Charlotte Observer 1923

NewsBank Charlotte Observer Historical Collection and NewsBank News & Observer Historical Collection
Looking at old newspapers is a great way to connect to local history and make learning come alive for students. The Charlotte Observer Historical Collection offers complete access to dates 1886-1984 in image format, and the News & Observer Historical Collection offers complete access to dates 1910-1990 in image format. You can search by name, event, or topic or browse by date. Both databases are available with an SLNC library card when you visit our library or in your classroom. 


Featured Online Resource:

screenshot of the website GHL Academy tutorial page

Government & Heritage Library Academy
Are you familiar with our collection of tutorials through the GHL Academy? We have tutorials for our databases, services, and resources. This is another place to find the recordings for events like Untangling Our Roots, a collaborative program presented for Juneteenth 2023, the New to N.C. series, and other library programs. You can learn about and explore a variety of library resources all in one place at your own pace. 


Upcoming Events

New to NC: North Carolina Museum of Art  
February 13, 2024, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Join us for this virtual program as we get a sneak peek at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s upcoming spring events and exhibitions with Kira Harris, Marketing Coordinator, and learn more about the Museum's community programs and resources with Angela Lombardi, Director of Outreach and Audience Engagement.
Learn more

Women's History Month Author Talk: Historic Black Neighborhoods of Raleigh with Carmen Cauthen 
March 12, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Celebrate Women's History Month with the SLNC Government & Heritage Library. Carmen Cauthen, the author of Historic Black Neighborhoods of Raleigh, will delve into Raleigh’s untold history and share insights into her research and writing process. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with a local Raleigh historian on the city's rich cultural tapestry.
Learn more

Keep up with State Library events by visiting our Upcoming Events webpage.

If you miss a live program, you can find our recordings on the State Library of North Carolina’s YouTube channel.

Connect with Us Online!

If you’re receiving this as a forward, subscribe to our mailing list so you never miss an issue.