From left to right, Tryon Palace director Philippe Lafargue; Sec. Susan Kluttz;
state Reps. Bert Jones, Stephen Ross and Michael Speciale; state Sen. Ron Rabin;
and state Reps. Larry Pittman, Pat Hurley and Michele Presnell
Tryon Palace was again in the spotlight last month as Gov. Pat McCrory, Sec. Susan Kluttz and site interim director Philippe Lafargue hosted a number of legislators in New Bern last month.
The legislators took tours of the Palace and the N.C. History Center, which includes Tryon Palace’s Regional History Museum focusing on the heritage of the Pamlico Sound area and the innovative Pepsi Family Center, which makes history accessible to younger children.
At a reception for the legislators hosted in History Center, the governor emphasized the importance of both history broadly and Tryon Palace specifically to our state’s culture and economy, pointing out that he visited Tryon Palace on his first trip outside of Raleigh as governor.
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A baseball blast from the past in Fayetteville, a music-focused family fair in Winston-Salem and an exploration of African art for families in Raleigh are just of the few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
The weekend fun starts Thursday morning when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read the story Pirate Girl and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries, and continues Friday evening in Elizabeth City when artwork from the Museum of the Albemarle’s popular “Paint and Cookie” program will be featured as part the city’s First Friday Art Walk.
Also Friday, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will rededicate a historical highway marker to Babe Ruth, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show two silent films and give visitors the chance to explore the museum’s galleries at night with food, wine and live music.
Saturday will packed full of family fun. In Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s first home run with a baseball blast from the past, complete with re-enactors in period uniforms playing a pair of games using the rules and customs of the 1800s. In Raleigh, the N.C. Symphony will offer an engaging concert for families in which kids can play an active role, while the N.C. Museum of Art will showcase its spectacular collection of African art for families and then give them studio time to make a related craft.
At the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, the focus will be on music Saturday. SECCA will first host a lively family fair, complete with storytelling, hands-on crafts and an instrument petting zoo and then host the legendary bluegrass musicians Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn in concert. Elizabeth City‘s Museum of the Albemarle will host a Pinewood Derby for some local boy scouts, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and Western Regional Archives in Asheville both present lectures on African American freedom following the Civil War.
This weekend is also your last chance to experience the splendor of Imperial Russia right here in North Carolina. The Tsars’ Cabinet and Windows into Heaven exhibitions at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will close Sunday.
For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com. Enjoy a fun North Carolina weekend!
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Sec. Kluttz and Gov. McCrory thank the 2013 SECC
volunteers for their service
Last month, Sec. Susan Kluttz joined Gov. Pat McCrory at the Executive Mansion to thank all of the dedicated volunteers who made the success of this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign possible. After thanking all of the SECC’s many volunteers, the Governor called Sec. Kluttz his favorite Cabinet secretary and applauded her or volunteering to serve as this year’s State Campaign Chair for the campaign.
Sec. Kluttz and SECC director Mary Paisley
present a Chairman’s Award to the N.C. Department
of Cultural Resources.
This 2013 State Employees Combined Campaign raised more than $3.8 million for hundreds of different charities serving North Carolinians across the state. The campaign kick-off began with 100% participation from the Cabinet and each department led different department-specific fundraising events.
Special thanks to DCR’s Ansley Wegner, whose leadership helped DCR earn the SECC Chairman’s Silver Award, raising nearly $30,000.
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As Black History Month winds down, the State Archives of North Carolina has two great new resources related to African American history that you won’t want to miss.
- The African American Education Collection of the Archives’ digital collections has actually been around for a while, but what’s new are a whole host of materials related to Rosenwald Schools. The Rosenwald rural school building program was a major effort to improve the quality of public education for African Americans in the early 20th century South. You can learn more about the movement here and see those cool new resources here.
- The Archives’ Civil Rights Movement Collection is totally new. This group of materials includes letters, speeches, reports, booklets, photographs, news clippings and more related to a number of topics associated with the Civil Rights movement in North Carolina 1950s to the 1970s. Though the emphasis is on state agency records, there’s much be discovered and you can start taking a look around here.
If this is your first exposure to the North Carolina Digital Collections, a joint project of the State Archives and State Library, don’t let it be your last. The collections house an endless amount of cool stuff from our state’s past from audio recordings of the General Assembly’s debates on the Speak Ban Law to letters from the Civil War.
You can browse all of the digital collections here.
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Performances of slave narratives in Durham, a French and Indian War living history in Statesville and programs for preschoolers across the state are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
The weekend fun starts Thursday morning when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read the story A New Coat for Anna and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries, while across town the N.C. Museum of Art will offer a hands-on craft program for preschoolers focused on places in art. Later in the day, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will give a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Morehead City’s port, and the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present a fascinating lecture on African Americans in the military.
Friday the fun continues with a pirate-themed program for preschoolers at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and two different programs celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City – one for preschoolers and the other for elementary and middle school-aged children. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will also give you the chance to try your hand at archaeology and show the Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief.
Saturday, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will offer two more great programs, a screening of the movie The Cat in the Hat and a bonsai workshop, while Sunday the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer the first of its At The Throttle program, which gives visitors the chance to get behind the “wheel” of a train.
Throughout the weekend, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will commemorate the 254th anniversary of the attack on Fort Dobbs with a living history program, Durham‘s Historic Stagville will present critically-acclaimed performances of impactful slave narratives in Let Them Be Heard and Winston-Salem‘s Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will showcase the work of young writers.
The N.C. Symphony will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer family-friendly tours, complete with activities for the kids.
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Public records are one of the most important assets that are state has. They document how our government works, tell the history of our state and ensure that all of our rights are protected. Sec. Susan Kluttz got the chance to address municipal and county clerks–the people who do the “heavy lifting” to make sure that those records are managed properly—at a recent meeting.
Speaking a training session hosted by the UNC School of Government, the secretary emphasized the important job that clerks do and noted how much she appreciated the work of clerks when she was mayor of Salisbury. She also gave a well-received overview of what DCR does with an emphasis on our 27 historic sites and the role they play in their communities and in telling a statewide story of North Carolina history.
State Archivist Sarah Koonts and her team also reminded everyone that Cultural Resources is here to help in whole host of ways through the Archives’ Government Records Branch.
Click here to learn more about the training, and here to learn more about the important work the State Archives does to preserve local and state government records.
Posted in History | Tagged Chapel Hill, county and municipal clerks, history, Sec. Kluttz, Sec. Susan Kluttz, State Archives, UNC School of Government | Leave a Comment »
Join the State Capitol Saturday as its hosts local authors and leaders for an African American Read-In to celebrate Black History Month
Performances of slave narratives in Durham, a meet-and-greet with North Carolina artists in Raleigh and celebrations of African American music in Elizabeth City are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
The weekend kicks off Thursday morning in Raleigh, when staff from the N.C. Museum of History will read the stories Shoes and Alligator Shoes and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries. In the evening, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show the film Sign Painters, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will present a musical lecture by the vocalist from 12 Years a Slave. Historic Bath will also screen a movie on the life of Jackie Robinson, while Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will present a lecture on Rosenwald Schools at Wayne Community College.
Friday, SECCA will host a lecture by Andrew Blauvelt, one of the organizers of its Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition in Winston-Salem. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the film Chico and Rita; offer the chance to explore the museum’s galleries at night with food, wine and live music; and host a meet-and-greet with North Carolina artists.
Saturday, Raleigh will be abuzz with activity as
In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will also offer African American music programs in the morning and evening, and a program on Rosenwald Schools in the afternoon.
Saturday also marks the opening of two new exhibits. Our travelling exhibit of artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge will make its debut at Reed Gold Mine in Midland, while Cedars in the Pines, an exhibit exploring North Carolina’s Lebanese heritage will open at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
Sunday, the weekend wraps up with the opening of Bull City Summer, a multimedia exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh centering around Durham’s legendary baseball team and performances by African American choirs and the chance to meet local African American collectors at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
Several programs will also be offered throughout the weekend:
This weekend is also your last chance to see the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition at SECCA in Winston-Salem.
For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com.
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