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America250: The People of North Carolina in the American Revolution | Registration is Officially Open!

As the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America approaches, the North Carolina Genealogical Society is partnering with the NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources and the Friends of the Archives to explore and celebrate some of the diverse groups of North Carolinians who helped shape the history of the state and the country: women and men, young and old, patriots and loyalists, immigrants and indigenous, the free and the enslaved. 


Important Details

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (doors open at 8:00 am for registration check-in)
Where: NC State Archives and Library, 109 E. Jones St, Raleigh, NC
Cost: $45 per person ($40 for members of NCGS or Friends of the Archives)
In-person or live-streamed


Keynote and Classes

Keynote: The Many North Carolinas of the American Revolution*
John A. Ruddiman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University
As the generation-long American Revolution accelerated, the peoples of North Carolina’s diverse regions and communities weighed decisions over allegiance and action.

“Uppity Women” Make History in Edenton, NC*
Alexis Tobias-Jacavone, Director of History and Communications for the Edenton Historical Commission 

North Carolina Loyalists
W. Becket Soule, OP

NC Militia or Continental Line: Where are the Records?*
Craig R. Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA

The Quakers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Ron Osborne

African American & Indigenous Patriots of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina*
Kevin Graham, Tyrone Goodwyn and Luke Alexander

The Regulator Movement: New Research
Mark Chilton, Orange County Register of Deeds

Documenting the World of Outlander*
Joshua Hager and Alison Thurman, State Archives of NC staff

* These sessions will be live-streamed and available to view on the day of the event with the purchase of an event ticket. Sessions will not be recorded.


Additional Information

  • A variety of exhibitors will be located in the lobby area.
  • Representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will be available to answer questions.
  • Some of the sessions will run concurrently and not all sessions will be live-streamed.
  • Recording of lectures is not permitted.
  • The syllabus will be available for all attendees to download from the NCGS website. In-person attendees can order a printed syllabus for an additional charge of $5.
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided for in-person attendees.
  • Boxed lunches are available for in-person attendees with ticket purchase for an additional cost of $14 each. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.
  • Last day to register and order a boxed lunch is May 13th.