The holidays are officially in full swing, and our historic sites and museums are putting on nearly 20 different programs this weekend to celebrate!
The fun starts tonight in Durham, where Duke Homestead will recreate an 1870s Christmas for visitors complete with decorations, carols, storytelling, hot apple cider and other holiday goodies.
Saturday will be chalked full on family activities from the mountains to the coast. Toward the west, Weaverville’s Vance Birthplace will host Christmas candlelight tours. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will give families the chance to sip cocoa and take a train ride with Santa, while Reed Gold Mine in Midland will present music, crafts and holiday-themed tours to celebrate the season.
In the central part of the state, Historic Stagville in Durham will allow guests to see what Christmas would have been like for a planter family and the enslaved community that surrounded them. The spirit of the season right before the Civil War will be recreated with artisans, decorations, crafts, games, food and music. Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will offer cookies, cider and period music while putting on a program focusing on the Christmas experience of a furloughed Civil War solider, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts family-friendly tours with a holiday theme. Visitors to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead can make holiday treats for birds, while Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will close the popular Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.
Toward the coast, Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer several ornament-making workshops for kids, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host a Victorian-themed holiday program with crafts and refreshments. Later in the day, Elizabeth City’s Museum of the Albemarle will screen The Polar Express and give kids the chance to make related crafts, while Historic Bath hosts candlelight tours of the Bonner House.
Sunday, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum will offer music, refreshments and kids’ crafts for its holiday program, while the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will put on its annual Holiday Jubilee. Historic Bath will also host its yearly Christmas Open House.
Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Raleigh, while Fort Dobbs in Statesville will feature musket firing, cannon demonstrations and interpreters portraying 18th century camp life as part of its winter living history program.
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So fierce was the fighting at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in May 1864 during the Civil War that the regiment flag of the 1st Regiment N.C. State Troops was ripped from its pole during hand to hand combat between the flag bearer and a Union soldier.
Go behind-the-scenes at the N.C. Museum of History during a live webcast Dec. 10 to see how conservator Paige Myers cares for the flag of the 1st N.C. Troops and others like it.
The webcast will cover both conservation techniques and the history behind the Civil War flags now under conservation at the museum.
Registering for the webcast is FREE and easy on our website.
This program is part of a series organized by the Connecting to Collections Project (C2C) of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, in cooperation with the N.C. Museum of History. Future programs will examine conservation of Civil War cannons and other period artifacts.
A federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the Connecting to Collections Initiative makes this entire series possible.
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This set of North Carolina souvenir glasses is just one of the many great gifts offered by the N.C. Museum of History’s gift shop
Looking for the perfect gift for the art or history buff in your life? Look no further than our historic sites and museums!
For history lovers, the gift shops at many of our history-related venues offer unique toys, books and other gifts spanning centuries of North Carolina history. From gift baskets, specialty foods at the N.C. Museum of History to model planes, trains and automobiles at the N.C. Transportation Museum, there’s truly something for everyone on your list. A wide range of books and posters from North Carolina Historical Publications are also marked down between 50 and 75 percent, now through Dec. 31.
For those more inclined toward, the N.C. Museum of Art and SECCA offer a wide range of gifts from artisan-crafted jewelry and pottery to posters, prints, games and more. The N.C. Arts Council also offers guidebooks for exploring North Carolina’s rich heritage and gives you the chance to help projects come to life in your loved one’s name through its new power2give website. The Arts Council has also put together great suggestions for the book lover in your life here and here.
Tickets to a North Carolina Symphony concert or for admission to one of our historic sites make great stocking stuffers, while gift memberships to the any of our venues are something your loved ones can enjoy throughout the year.
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Sec. Kluttz and DCR staff members Jennifer Fontes, Ansley Wegner and Nancy Kelly in hats made for the auction
DCR employees enjoyed home-baked goodies and a wonderful display of items made by N.C. craftsmen at the recent SECC auction. Organized by Ansley Wegner, the auction featured paintings, photography, hats, jewelry and a raffle, won by Joy Shattuck, for a $50 Visa card.
The bake sale was the biggest ever with proceeds going to the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. This year, the bake sale and auction raised $1,575, a slight increase over last year.
Sec. Kluttz with Ansley Wegner, DCR’s SECC coordinator
SECC is the only fundraising campaign authorized to solicit charitable contributions in the state employee workplace.
“The best part of this campaign is that there are more than a thousand eligible charities and there is something in it for everyone,” said Secretary Susan Kluttz. “This effort allows state employees to be a part of a team effort, but allows them to choose their favorite charities to support.” Secretary Kluttz was appointed by Governor McCrory as the 2013 Chairman of the SECC.
Please consider making a payroll contribution today, if you have already done so. You can check DCR’s progress online here.
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Sec. Kluttz with Historic Sites staff members Jim Steele,
Jeremiah DeGennaro, John Moseley, Andrew Duppstadt and David Sheaffer; State Archives staff member Chris Meekins; and Fort Fisher volunteer Walter James
Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz visited Fort Macon State Park to view the historic weapons artillery training course delivered by staff from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of Historic Sites.
Sec. Kluttz with N.C. Historic Sites Director Keith Haridson, Historic Sites Deputy Director Dale Coats and Fort Macon State Park Superintendent Randy Newman
This training course ensures that park rangers, museum staff, and historic site interpreters are trained in safe and proper methods of firing historic weaponry. Demonstrations of historic weaponry are an important part of the education and entertainment provided by the state’s sites and museums. Fort Macon is one of the most pristine 19th century forts still standing. It was the site of an 1862 siege and eventual victory by Union forces during the Civil War.
As the 150th anniversary of this war approaches in 2015, North Carolina expects an influx of cultural heritage tourists coming to retrace the final campaign of that nation-changing conflict. When they come, the state will have staff trained to provide the “boom and smoke.”
See more pictures from the training here.
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Secretary Kluttz and N.C. humorist Jeanne Robertson
The arts have always been a strong economic engine in North Carolina, and an integral part of that is ArtsMarket, produced by the N.C. Arts Council since 1998. Secretary Susan Kluttz welcomed the attendees and introduced the first featured artist and keynote speaker, Jeanne Robertson. The Secretary noted the collaborative spirit and inspiration brought to the event with the long-standing partnership between the N.C. Presenters Consortium and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources through the N.C. Arts Council.
Secretary Kluttz and Vicki Vitiello, Senior Program Director at the N.C. Arts Council
ArtsMarket is one of the best places in the Southeast for performers and booking agents to get together in an environment of 15-minute artist showcases that highlight everything from singers to modern dance companies to comedians hoping to be hired to travel to venues around the country and the world. This year’s attendance is almost 600 including almost 250 exhibitors. The conference has grown significantly since 2000, when it was held in Wilmington with a total of 200 attendees and 80 exhibitor booths. The conference is not open to the public.
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Unsure of what to do this weekend with your Thanksgiving guests? Our historic sites and museums are offering a number of great programs to help you fight cabin fever and get in the holiday spirit.
- Saturday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will put on an Art Cars Meetup in the parking lot along Blue Ridge Road. Admission is free and some of the highlights will include juried art cars from across the country, live music, great food and a kids play zone.
- The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer the first round of its Santa Trains and Cookies and Coco with Santa programs.
- Sunday, Somerset Place in Creswell will host its annual Holiday Open House. Visitors will find the historic plantation decorated for the season and a variety of homemade seasonal sweets and hot spice tea offered.
- Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play the first of Holiday Pops concerts in Raleigh. Each concert will feature a sing-along, a visit from jolly old St. Nick and a sprinkling of “snow” to get people in the holiday spirit.
The holiday weekend is also a great time to visit any of our sites and museums. Most of our historic sites and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art will close Thursday and Friday for the holiday and be open on regular schedule after that.
Tryon Palace, Roanoke Island Festival Park, the N.C. Transportation Museum and the N.C. Museum of Art will only be closed on Thursday, and the Battleship North Carolina will be open on Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. and on a regular schedule throughout the rest of the weekend.
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