Stranger than Fiction: True Stories Found in NCpedia

[This event press release is cross-posted from the NCPedia events page.]

Saturday, September 13, 2014
NC Museum of History
5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601


Did you know that Craven County was once home to a self-kicking machine? That Tarboro had a refrigerated pool in 1930s? Or that the state laid claim to the world’s longest beard? Come celebrate North Carolina history by hearing about some of its stranger stories.  They can now be found in the State Library of North Carolina’s online encyclopedia, NCpedia!


Make your own “Stranger than Fiction” booklet, filled with North Carolina facts and activities, or a paper cardinal, North Carolina’s State Bird! More of a dog person? Color a Plott Hound, North Carolina’s State Dog!


A panel of experts will share lesser known, entertaining stories from North Carolina’s history!
You’ll hear from:
  • Kelly Agan, Digital Media Librarian, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.
  • Robert Anthony, Curator, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
  • B. J. Davis, Education Section Chief, North Carolina Museum of History.
  • Michael Hill, Head, Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History.
  • Dr. William S. Price, Jr., Former Director of the N.C. Division of Archives and History and Former Kenan Professor of History, Meredith College.
  • Mark Simpson-Vos, Editorial Director, University of North Carolina Press.

This event celebrates the publication of thousands of articles in the NCpedia from the University of North Carolina Press’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, and North Carolina Gazetteer, as well as articles from the Research Branch of the Office of Archives and History, the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, NC Natural Heritage Program, and more! NCpedia’s expansion has been funded in part with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

There will be something for the entire family including children’s activities! Join us to learn more and to talk with one of our NCpedia project partners! For more information, call the NC Government & Heritage Library at 919-807-7450 or send us an email. Reservations are not required.