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North Carolina Geography Introduction


From Manteo to Murphy, as they say, North Carolina is a diverse state with a fascinating history. This workshop will explore the Tar Heel state’s geography throughout its history, with an emphasis on its human geography. This six-week program, combining background material with interactive activities, will provide you with resources to integrate North Carolina geography into your curriculum.

Log on anytime during the program dates and proceed through the sessions and assignments at your own pace. Expect to spend approximately six hours per week on the workshop and related assignments.

Access information in the following ways throughout the workshop:

  • sessions on selected topics
  • links to related websites
  • printable handouts 

Submit assignments by e-mail. You will earn eight contact hours for each completed assignment (maximum of forty hours). After completing the workshop, you will receive a certificate of completion listing the contact hours earned.

System Requirements

To fully access this workshop, you will need a computer with Internet access and an e-mail address. Although some website links require a sound card and speakers to hear audio, these sites are not required to complete the course. 

Navigating the Workshop Web Site

Choose any of the five sessions or other main workshop sections from links listed under Contents on the Home page.

At the end of each section, choose Back to go to the previous section, Home to return to the Home page, or Next Session to proceed in order through the workshop.

If you have difficulty navigating the workshop, please contact Sally Bloom at 919-807-7965 or at

Project History

The North Carolina Museum of History Division promotes the understanding of the history and material culture of North Carolina for the educational benefit of North Carolinians. Through collections and historical interpretation, its museums encourage citizens and visitors to explore and understand the past; to reflect on their own lives and their place in history; and to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations.


The museum would like to thank Dr. Al Stuart and Philip Gerard for graciously granting interviews and Dr. Neal Lineback for providing his columns for our use. We would also like to thank Steven Pierce and the North Carolina Geographic Alliance for allowing us to share their resources.

The photographs and illustrations throughout the workshop, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History and the North Carolina Museum of History.

In-house thanks go to Tom Belton, RoAnn Bishop, and Leslie Kesler, curators at the North Carolina Museum of History, for their help with research. Additional thanks go to Michael Daul for his technical assistance and Janice Jordan for her editorial expertise.

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