4.3.8 Historic Resources
Created by the State of North Carolina in 1792 as a
planned capital city, the area encompassing present-
day Raleigh has a rich and diverse history. This
history is interpreted through several properties and
programs managed by the Parks, Recreation and
Cultural Resources Department with the purpose of
protecting and programming museum and historical
resource facilities, programs, and other cultural
assets within the City of Raleigh. In addition, the city
oversees three of Raleigh’s oldest public cemeteries as
well as several smaller, unmarked grave site properties
throughout the city. Weaving together these historic
assets can be used to develop a compelling and
engaging city-wide narrative.
Goal 1: The City of Raleigh will continue
to support historic resource preservation,
protection and acquisition.
Goal 2: The City of Raleigh will interpret
the community’s history through its historic
properties, museums and programs in such a
way as to attract more use and visitation while
balancing stewardship and conservation of
Goal 3: The City of Raleigh will continue
to support, preserve and restore the city’s
Goal 4: The City of Raleigh will support
the interpretation of our historic public
cemeteries in a manner that will ensure
stewardship and conservation of these
Implement the mission and goals of the
Historical Resources and Museum Program.
Manage City of Raleigh Historical
Resources and Museum Program’s Fine Arts Object
Collection to adopted industry standards.
Operate City of Raleigh Historic
Resources and Museum assets to effectively balance public
use and stewardship.
Actively seek, acquire, and manage
unique historic properties and assets that are critical to
preserving the city’s and area’s heritage and story.
Actively seek, engage and nurture public
and private sources of funding and support.
Expand opportunities for effective
partnerships and volunteers throughout all City of
Raleigh Historical Resources and Museums.
The City of Raleigh will continue to support historic
resource preservation, protection and acquisition.
Identify compelling stories that can be
conveyed using industry standard active, passive and/or
tactile learning methods.
Enhance utilization technology at the
city’s historic properties and museums.
Integrate historic resources and museums
into the city’s parks, recreation and cultural resources as
well as other city departments.
Advocate and promote traditional site-
based visitation as well as utilize technology to provide
remote experiences for non-site based visitations.
TheCityofRaleighwill interpret the community’s
history through its historic properties, museums
and programs in such a way as to attract more
use and visitation while balancing stewardship and
conservation of resources.