“Libraries and museums work really hard to preserve that material and we want to give that a boost.”
Important and, in some cases, little-known historic relics from across North Carolina are available worldwide, thanks to program director Lisa Gregory and the dedicated librarians of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in the Wilson Special Collections Library.
The center has digitized more than 120,000 yearbooks, newspapers, photographs, city directories and other items for 227 partners in 76 counties across the state.
Support by the State Library of North Carolina with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services has so far helped the University Libraries put the history of the Tar Heel state in reach for some 36,000 visitors every month, including genealogists, historians, K-12 students and teachers and the interested public.
For its work, the center was one of 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
This is story number 43 in the Carolina Stories 225th Anniversary Edition magazine.