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oral history
A method of collecting historical information through recorded interviews with individuals who are willing to share their memories of the past.

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We have a story to tell: Native peoples of the Chesapeake region
Readings and lesson plans exploring the historical and ongoing challenges faced by the American Indians of the Chesapeake Bay region, since the time of their first contact with Europeans in the early 1600s.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Chatham County Historical Association: Log Cabin Restoration Project
Visit the two log cabins that are being reconstructed by the Chatham Country Historical Association. Students will see how these structures were built and what life was like in the days of the pioneers.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Old Salem
Find yourself in another place and time at Old Salem.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Rankin Museum of American and Natural History
This wonderful museum has artifacts from Native American tribes, a Civil War exhibit, farming tools of days gone by, and exhibits of North American animals and fossils.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Lincoln County Museum of History
The museum houses special collections of artifacts and historical objects as well as primary source documents such as photographs, maps, diaries, letters, and other materials.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
African American college students: Classroom activity
In this lesson plan, students will read a primary source document about African American college students in 1906 and answer a series of questions as they assume the role of a young African American woman in the early 20th century.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Durham's "Black Wall Street"
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.6
In the early twentieth century, Parrish Street in Durham, North Carolina, known as "Black Walll Street," was the hub of African American business activity.
Format: article
Graphic organizer: Who owns the land?
This graphic organizer will aid students' comprehension as they read an article about conflicting ideas of land ownership between European settlers in America and American Indians.
Format: chart/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
The fate of North Carolina's native peoples: Causes and effects
This activity provides a way for students to further their comprehension as they read an article about changes in the population of North Carolina in the early 1700s as European settlers displaced American Indians. Students will complete a graphic organizer and answer a series of questions.
Format: worksheet/lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Historic Latta Plantation
A living history farm 20 miles north of Charlotte features an African American exhibit, virtual tour and history of this once cotton plantation, activities for kids, and teacher resources.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Museum of the Waxhaws and Andrew Jackson Memorial
The museum has numerous artifacts as well as a film that details the Waxhaws area's history.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Orange County Historical Museum
Take a tour of the Orange County Historical Museum to see the collection of artifacts from pre-history through the early twentieth century.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Cherokee County Historical Museum
Students can see artifacts, books, papers, photographs, and other materials significant to the history, culture, and heritage of Cherokee County, NC.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The African American experience in NC after Reconstruction
The documents included in this lesson come from The North Carolina Experience collection of Documenting the American South and specifically focus on African Americans and race relations in the early 20th century. The lesson juxtaposes accounts that relate to both the positive improvements of black society and arguments against advancement. Combined, these primary sources and the accompanying lesson plan could be used as a Document Based Question (DBQ) in an AP US history course.
Format: lesson plan (grade 11–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Meghan Mcglinn.
Raleigh: A Capital City
An itinerary for a tour of the capital of the Old North State. The site provides information and photographs for Raleigh's historic districts, architecture, parks and recreational areas, and more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Topsail Island Museum, Missiles and More
Displays showing the history of the Navy test missile site of the 1940s, artifacts of Native Americans found on the island, and exhibits of colonial era pirates can be found at the Topsail Island Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Greensboro Historical Museum
Discover the rich history of Greensboro and the North Carolina Piedmont at the Greensboro Historical Museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Caldwell Heritage Museum
Visit the Caldwell Heritage Museum and learn about the chronological history of Caldwell County from pre-colonial days until the present.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Triracial segregation in Robeson County
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 5.3
In North Carolina History: A Sampler, page 3.7
Letter from the mayor of Pembroke, North Carolina, explaining the town council's request that a railroad company provide separate waiting rooms for each of the county's three races (white, black, and Lumbee). Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Polk County Historical Association Museum
The artifacts found at the Polk County Historical Museum include pioneer tools and clothing, railroad memorabilia, military artifacts, a newspaper editor's office, and much more.
Format: article/field trip opportunity