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A pirate invasion in Bath, a glimpse into plantation life in Creswell and a Civil War encampment in Weaverville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend gets off to a musical start Friday evening, when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the Disney sensation Frozen outside under the stars.

Saturday promises something for everyone across the state. In the east, pirates will invade Historic Bath for a re-enactment of Blackbeard’s downfall which will also feature cooking demonstrations, lectures and the recreation of a pirate funeral. Civil War weapons will be the focus in Kinston, where the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center will showcase an extensive collection of weapons from the War Between the States and perform firing demonstrations throughout the day, while volunteers demonstrating life at sea will be posted throughout the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The ship will also host submarine veterans for a display on what their daily life experiences were like aboard these undersea craft.

Pirates will invade Historic Bath Saturday.
Join them for family fun.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont and Historic Halifax will both host community yard sales where visitors can discover the history in their neighbors’ old stuff, while Historic Edenton will offer another installment of its popular yoga classes on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present a program on Coast Guard aviation complete with hands on activities, a film screening and the chance to meet veterans, while period games, dramatic performances of slave narratives and arts and food vendors will be featured during a showcase of plantation life at Somerset Place in Creswell.

Two programs related to nature round out the events in the eastern part of the state Saturday. The program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will focus on whales and include science activities for kids using the museum’s massive 34-foot whale skeleton, while the Maritime Museum in Southport‘s “N.C. Wild” program will include crafts and the chance to touch and learn about a variety of coastal creatures large and small.

In the Piedmont, Duke Homestead in Durham will celebrate the tastes of the Tar Heel State with a barbecue cook-off, juried pie competition, historical cooking demonstrations and more, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will let visitors try their hand at archaeology and have birthday cake on hand to celebrate the big day of an archaeologist who did pioneering work at the site. Alamance Battleground in Burlington will bring alive the Colonial era with military and civilian living history demonstrations, while the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will feature performances and work by local artists as part of its African American Arts Festival.

Dramatic performances of slave narratives will be just one part of Somerset Place’s glimpse into plantation life Saturday

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will let visitors observe historic costume marker Andy Sterlen while he fashions an 18th century coat, and then give them to chance to try a few stitches of their own. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on kids’ books and present a concert of the smooth, Southern sounds of Loundon Wainwright III and Iris Dement, while in Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a concert with Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren featuring tunes from the Sound of Music.

They’ll be plenty to do in the west, too. Asheville‘s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host well-known Tar Heel writer Heather Ross Miller for a poetry reading and book signing, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will help kids make music-related crafts. Just up the road in Pinnalce, Horne Creek Farm will highlight the region’s quilting traditions with weaving and knitting demonstrations and a small vendor fair featuring homemade crafts.

Throughout the weekend, Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will come alive with sights and sounds of Civil War camp life for a living history program, while SECCA will host performances of Billy and the Gold Pencil, a new, comic book-inspired rock musical featuring the work of North Carolina musicians.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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Free concerts by the N.C. Symphony, Civil War living history programs and several more rare chances to see the 13th Amendment  are just a few of the great programs offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources across the state this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when Vance Birthplace in Weaverville offers music, lectures and dramatic readings in conjunction with a visit by the 13th Amendment as part of DCR’s limited statewide tour of this important and fragile document.

Our popular traveling exhibit of treasuress from Blackbeard’s sunken flagship will open at Historic Bath Friday, just as the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a poetry slam tied to its Estampas de la raza exhibition and screens the film 42: the Jackie Robinson Story. The 13th Amendment tour will stop in Sedalia at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, where it will be accompanied by a lunch and learn lecture and children’s activities.

Saturday, re-enactors will be on hand at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to discuss the typical Civil War soldier’s life, while the CSS Neuse Center in Kinston will put on a program focusing on challenges of the Civil War home front, including Mourning practices, homeguards and food shortages.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will display vintage farm equipment and host beekeepers demonstrating their craft to celebrate life on the farm, while the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington showcases a premier display of World War I arms, clothing and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and stations volunteers throughout the ship to explain specific topics like the galley and radar. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will focus on World War II with a program featuring living historians and hands-on activities for kids, while Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the beautiful lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on sculpture, before hosting an evening concert by a Beatles tribute band and screening a documentary about the legendary group. The N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will let visitors watch Native American artist Alyssa Hinton at work and then make a mixed media collage to take home with them, and host a singing of the national anthem for Flag Day. In Durham, Duke Homestead will give visitors the chance to explore its hometown’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City with Bull Fest, while Historic Stagville will display the 13th Amendment in a slave cabin while offering music, genealogical consultations and other programs. In Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a circus-inspired concert combining classical masterpieces and contemporary hits as acrobatic artists swirl above them.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show cartoons and offer art making activities for kids centered around pencils and drawing. SECCA will also open a new exhibit that explores just how extraordinary the ordinary can be Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will light up with cannon fire during re-enactments of 18th century camp life and the N.C. Symphony will play free concerts of Beethoven’s dramatic 5th Symphony in JacksonvillePinehurst and Washington. At Pinehurst, the Symphony will be showcased during the U.S. Open activities.

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Sec. Kluttz speaks at the QAR lab anniversary

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it turns out that it takes a village to raise a 300-year-old shipwreck from the depths of the ocean too!

In late April, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz and several other members of the DCR team joined with colleagues and friends from East Carolina University to celebrate 10 years of partnership between the department and the university in running and managing the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) Lab.

Sec. Kluttz, Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry and Chief Deputy
Sec. Karin Cochran talk with ECU Honors College Fellow Dr. Tim Runyan, who was previously director of ECU’s Maritime Studies Program and ECU Vice Chancellor Research & Graduate Studies
Dr. Ron Mitchelson, who is also ECU’s incoming provost.

Though the staff at the lab work for DCR’s Office of State Archaeology, the lab itself is part of East Carolina’s West Research Campus. Dozens of ECU graduate students have gained experience working at preserving the treasures in the lab and in the field as part of this exciting project. During the celebration, the Secretary had the chance to meet and personally thank several members of the QAR team for all that they do to make this recovery and preservation operation a huge success.

ECU isn’t DCR’s only partner in the project either. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Intersal, Inc.  and Nautilus Productions are just a few of the agencies and companies that provide technical and logistical support to the archaeologists who work in the field.

Photos of the memorable celebration are available online. You can also learn more about the QAR project, and even signup for a behind-the-scenes tour of the lab, on the QAR project’s website.

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Join the N.C. Symphony in Cary as it kicks off its Summerfest
series with Beethoven’s 5th Saturday.

Comedic tours of SECCA’s newest exhibition in Winston-Salem, a dramatic performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in Cary and a stunning display of fireworks and music aboard a World War II Battleship in Wilmington are just of a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday, when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries, while the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will come alive with the sights and smells of early 19th century cooking. In Winston-Salem, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will kick off a new series of special comedian-led tours of the Eric Fertman: A Comic Turn exhibition.

The next day, Somerset Place in Creswell will celebrate the reopening of the beautiful antebellum Collins House, while that evening the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer visitors the chance to wander through its galleries at night against the backdrop of the smooth country sounds of David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band. After dark, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will host a meteor shower viewing party and camp out.

Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host bike tours of its hometown, leading visitors through the live oak-canopied streets while incorporating local history into the ride, and the N.C. Smyphony will kick off its 2014 Summerfest series in Cary with one of the most powerful pieces of music ever written, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Saturday is also your last chance to see the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit at Aycock Birthplace in Fremont. Both Saturday and Sunday, visitors to Bennett Place in Durham can join living historians interpreters portraying American soldiers throughout history to learn more about their experiences and see what they looked like.

The holiday weekend wraps up Monday with fireworks, military music and more aboard the Battleship North Carolina at its emotional remembrance ceremony in Wilmington and a day of free admission for military members and veterans at Tryon Place in New Bern. Keep in mind that the rest of our historic sites, museums and other venues will be closed in observance of the holiday Monday.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! You can also sign up to get these events in your email on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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A celebration of springtime on the farm in Pinnacle, an arts and history festival in Bath and the first in a series of readings by writers in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and learning you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday morning when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts preschoolers and parents for an exploration of movement in art with a tour and interactive craft. Across town, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s galleries. In the evening, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will screen the 1954 nautical classic Long John Silver, while New Bern’s Tryon Palace will present stories, music and poetry in the West African Griot tradition.

Blackbeard the Pirate will be just one of many special guests at this year’s Bath Fest

Friday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem will offer the chance to visit the museum late-night and see a “Cartoon Noir” film, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will let visitors explore the galleries at night with jazz stylings of Sidecar Social Club in the background.

Saturday, Historic Bath will offer craft vendors, music, food booths, free historic home tours, children’s activities (including a pirate costume contest!) and special genealogy project help as part of Bath Fest, and, as is traditional, the site will host the annual Cut-Throat Croquet Tournament to benefit scholarships at the same time.  Elsewhere on the coast, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will offer special tours that highlight the electrical, armor and other systems that made the ship work, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have hands-on activities, pony rides and the chance to see agriculture-related artifacts as part of its Potato Festival.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of History will help kids and families make World War II solider badges after visits to the museum’s military gallery and explore what foods made it from Lebanon to North Carolina and why, as part of the museum’s Cedars in the Pines exhibit.

In the west, trucks from across history will take over the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for an antique truck show, while basket making, children’s games, food and antique farm equipment displays will be just part of the fun at Horne Creek Farm’s Heritage Day in PinnacleAsheville‘s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will kick off its Writers at Wolfe series with a reading by nationally-acclaimed author Robert Morgan.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert by the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble at the N.C. Museum of History, and throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform the music of Disney’s Fantasia in Raleigh as the film plays in the background.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! You can also sign up on our website to receive information about our events in your inbox.

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Celebrate Ciinco de Mayo with the Museum of the Albemarle
Saturday in Elizabeth City

Two looks at history preservation in Raleigh, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Elizabeth City and performances of some of Mozart’s most popular music across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend gets off to a theatrical start Friday, when the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a dramatic production based on the real story of newly liberated slaves abandoned in Georgia during Gen. Sherman’s historic March to the Sea.

Saturday, discover how archaeologists, preservationists and curators work to save our state’s treasures at the N.C. Museum of History, and find out what it took to move a Civil War plantation several miles with a film screening of Moving Midway with a discussion after by the writer. In the west, motorcycles throughout history will be on display at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, while at the coast, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have food and craft vendors, dancing, cooking demonstrations, music and more to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the opening of its new Al Norte al Norte photo exhibit.

Sunday will bring another exhibit opening, this one at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The exhibit focuses on the theme of motherhood in items from the museum’s permanent collection. Later in the day, the Museum of the Albemarle will take a fictionalized look at Elizabeth City as it hosts renowned local author William Dunstan for a fascinating lecture and book signing.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present productions of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on the Poe House back lawn, while the N.C. Symphony will play crowd favorites by Stauss and Mozart in Southern Pines, Raleigh, Wilmington and New Bern.

This weekend is also a great time to check out our traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship, currently on display at Aycock Birthplace in Fremont, and the Face to Face Civil War exhibit at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you’d like to receive our weekend event roundups in your email, you can sign up on our website.

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Bennett Place in Durham will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Civil War all weekend long!

An exploration of the major surrenders of the Civil War in Durham, a behind-the-scenes look at the State Capitol in Raleigh and the chance to see how treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship are conserved in Greenville are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Thursday, staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s galleries, while the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will be filled with the sights and sounds of early 19th century cooking.

Workshops, spins on the turntable and train rides will be just a few of the offerings Friday, when the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer is transformed into a classroom for home school students. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the postwar thriller The Stranger.

Saturday promises fun across the state. In Raleigh, the State Capitol will offer a rare chance to explore the attic and other hidden parts of the building during special discovery tours, while Durham‘s Duke Homestead will invite visitors to discover the history in all of our old stuff at a community yard sale. In Greenville, the Queen Anne’s Revenge lab will hold an open house where visitors can see first-hand how artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship are conserved. The N.C. Museum of Art will host special family tours of the Estampas de la raza exhibition combined with the chance to make a self-portrait print in the morning, and in the evening, it will put on an awesome event complete with films, art activities and music all produced and planned by teens for teens.

All day in Elizabeth City live music, environmentally-friendly games and activities, crafts and more are on tap for an Earth Day Festival, hosted in part by the Museum of the Albemarle. In the evening, Durham‘s Bennett Place will host a grand ball complete with Civil War costumes and museum to raise funds for its new museum gallery.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with an opportunity to learn about the myth and reality of Civil War medicine at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

Throughout the weekend, Bennett Place will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Civil War as military and civilian interpreters demonstrate what life was look during that time. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts of Beethoven’s famed Piano Concerto No. 2 in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

This weekend is your last chance to see the N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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Join the N.C. Transportation Museum Friday and Saturday for special train rides with the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt and more.

An Earth Day celebration in Beaufort, train rides with the Easter Bunny in Spencer and the chance to see cannon balls from Blackbeard’s flagship in Fremont are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend at the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday, when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts preschoolers and parents for an exploration of the changing of the seasons in art with a tour and interactive craft. Across town, staff from the N.C. Museum of History read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s galleries.
Friday, take your kids out for an Easter egg hunt against the backdrop of Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington and once you’ve found some treats, climb aboard the deck of ship for a day of family fun. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the suspenseful World War II drama Went the Day Well?.
Cannon balls, gold dust and other treasures from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, hidden beneath the sea for nearly 300 years, will go on display at Aycock Birthplace in Fremont Saturday. On the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host a bike ride highlighting the history of its hometown, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer you the chance to get up and personal with rescued wildlife, make coastal crafts and more as part of the Crystal Coast Earth Day Celebration.
Both Friday and Saturday, the Easter Bunny Express will roll into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, giving your family the chance to take a special ride with Easter Bunny, play mini golf on a Thomas the Tank Engine themed course, marvel at some fantastic model train setups, participate in crafts and, on Saturday only, enjoy a fun Easter egg hunt.

Keep in mind that most of our historic sites and museums are closed Friday and Sunday in observance of state holidays. Call ahead before you visit, and enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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From new revelations on the fate of the Lost Colony to BuzzFeed’s best jokes for history nerds, we’ve shared some pretty cool stories with you through our social media this year (if we don’t say so ourselves!).

Top StoriesAs 2014 heats up, we took a look back at what you liked the most. Here are the 13 stories from 2013 that you liked best (in order):

  1. 21 Jokes Only History Nerds Will Understand  from BuzzFeed
  2. An overview of a Blackbeard’s demise from our This Day in North Carolina History blog
  3. Pictures of some interesting artifacts found at the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck on National Geographic’s website
  4. The most famous book from every state, according to Business Insider
  5. An update on what may have happened to the Lost Colony from a newspaper in the United Kingdom
  6. More photos from the Queen Anne’s Revenge – these on our Flickr of a cannon recovery in August
  7. The story of  a mysterious shipwreck on a Pender County beach
  8. An NPR story on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Asheville connections
  9. The story of serial prison escape Otto Woods on our This Day in N.C. History blog
  10. A blurb on the The Land of Oz theme park in Beech Mountain
  11. The First 10 Works of Fiction You Should Read If You’ve Never Read a Book Before, according to Flavorwire
  12. 38 Signs You’re From North Carolina, at least according to Buzzfeed
  13. A story on the similarities between Downton Abbey and Biltmore Estate from WUNC

Thanks for continuing to follow us! We can’t say enough how much we appreciate it, and how much we enjoy sharing the story of our state’s culture with you.

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Have breakfast with Blackbeard Saturday at Tryon Palace!

Breakfast with Blackbeard in New Bern, cartoons and kids activities in Winston-Salem and a behind-the-scenes look at the Battleship in Wilmington are just a few of the opportunities for weekend fun you’ll find at our historic sites and museums this weekend.

The fun starts Saturday morning, when Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer a breakfast with Blackbeard in celebration of the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit now at the site. Throughout the rest of the day the day, Tryon Palace will offer a host of activities for families in conjunction with the exhibit. In Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina will host its first Hidden Battleship program of the year, while the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will offer a kid-centric morning program complete with cartoons and art making.

Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will put on a make it, take it program focusing on Martin Luther King, Jr., while on Sunday the museum will host a concert by bluegrass musician Tony Williams. In Fayetteville, the Museum of the Cape Fear will also offer a presentation on North Carolina’s rich textile heritage Sunday.

The N.C. Musuem of Art in Raleigh will offer a number of programs throughout the weekend, including:

All weekend long, Tryon Palace in New Bern will present performances of ”Clyborune Park” by the Ratio Theatre, while the N.C. Symphony presents concerts of Beethoven’s 5th in Southern Pines, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

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