North Carolina State Government - Cabinet Departments (2016)

North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources

Mission Statement: To improve the quality of life in North Carolina by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the State's history, spark creativity, and conserve the State's natural heritage to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries, and nature.

Susan W. Kluttz
Year Established: 2015 
Phone Number: (919) 807-7300
Current Website:
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Number of Employees: Researching Number of Facilities: HQ + 88 Other Facilities

109 East Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources Includes:
The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources is all about what’s happening today in the arts and music, and also about what’s happened in the past to get us here and preserving our State's scenic splendor. The Department oversees twenty-seven (27) historic sites, seven (7) history museums, two (2) art museums, two (2) science museums, three (3) aquariums and Jennette's Pier, thirty-nine (39) state parks and recreation areas, the NC Zoo, the NC Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the NC Arts Council, State Preservation Office, and the Office of State Archeology.
Arts Programs - NC Arts Council, NC Symphony, NC Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Office of Archives & History - Archives & Records, NC Literary & Historical Association, Federation of NC Historical Societies.
Libraries - State Library (since 1812), NC Government & Heritage Library, and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
State Historic Sites & Properties - Aquariums, NC Zoo, 39 State Parks, and NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

NC Statute Authority for the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources is authorized by General Statute 143B, Article X, Paragraph 143B-XXX:

"There is hereby recreated and reestablished a department to be known as the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with the organization, powers, and duties defined in sskdl;lkdfldjlkfd."

Click Here to view the entire Statute, which describes in greater detail all of the functions of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

[2015 Statutes Not Published Online As Yet - Stay Tuned]

History of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources:

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources was created in 2015. Its direct predecessor was the Department of Cultural Resources, which was created in 1973.

The Department was originally founded as the North Carolina Department of Art, Culture, and History. Its first secretary was Sam Ragan, poet and arts advocate who later became North Carolina Poet Laureate. It was renamed to Department of Cultural Resources in 1973. In 1973, Grace Rohrer succeeded Ragan, becoming the first woman to hold a cabinet-level office in North Carolina.

Many of the Offices and Divisions of the Department were founded as separate, independent institutions, such as the State Library of North Carolina, founded in 1812; the North Carolina Museum of History, founded in 1902; and the North Carolina Symphony, founded in 1943. These organizations either remained independent or were gradually combined under the Office of Archives and History until 1971, when the Department of Cultural Resources became the first cabinet-level office of any state in the United States to deal solely with history, the arts, and cultural knowledge.

On September 18, 2015, the Department of Cultural Resources was renamed the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The name change came with a transfer of several divisions to the department, including North Carolina's state parks, aquariums, zoological park, museum of natural sciences, the Clean Water Trust Fund, and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources supervises and cares for a large number of historic sites, documents, pieces of art, and other items and places of cultural value for the state. The State Archives, for instance, contain over 100 million historic documents, including North Carolina's copy of the United States Bill of Rights and the original 1663 charter for the colony as granted by Charles II of England.

Perhaps the most prominent building supervised by the department is the North Carolina State Capitol, an 1840 Greek Revival building that contains a substantial number of historic artifacts, furniture, and monuments related to the history of North Carolina. The North Carolina General Assembly's initial appropriation in 1947 of $1 million for the purchase of artworks and sculpture to be housed in the Museum of Art made it the first state in the nation to use public funds for the purpose of building a state art collection.

Past Secretaries of the Deparment of Natural & Cultural Resources



Susan W. Kluttz

2015 to Present

Past Secretaries of the Deparment of Cultural Resources



Susan W. Kluttz

2013 - 2015

Linda Arnold Carlisle

2009 - 2013

Lisbeth C. Evans

2001 - 2009

Betty R. McCain

1993 - 2001

Patric C. Dorsey

1985 - 1993

Sara W. Hodgkins

1977 - 1985

Grace J. Rohrer

1973 - 1977

Past Secretary of the Deparment of Art, Culture, & History



Samuel T. Regan


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