Posts Tagged ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’

Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.


2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.


4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.


5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.


6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.


7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.


8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.


9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.


10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.


Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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Meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends for special train rides, crafts and games
this weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum

A bluegrass jam in Raleigh, cemetery tours based on the work of Thomas Wolfe in Asheville and train rides with Thomas the Tank Engine in Spencer 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 action starts Thursday when PineCone presents a bluegrass jam at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Anyone and everyone is invited to bring out their instruments and jam, or just sit back and listen to musicians show off their love of bluegrass. Elsewhere around the state Thursday, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a symposium on the work of filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson, who is the subject of SECCA’s newest exhibition, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will show a film highlighting the history of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the film noir masterpiece The Maltese Falcon, while Saturday, the museum will show a documentary on how new technology is being used to discover the secrets behind some of the world’s oldest art and play the hilarious mockumentary This is Spinal Tap under the stars. Also Saturday, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will offer tours of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focusing on the real people that inspired Wolfe’s work.

Throughout the weekend:

  • The N.C. Museum of Art will offer free, introductory tours of its galleries and grounds to help visitors get a glimpse of its offerings and see what’s worth deeper exploration
  • Internationally-renowned concert pianist Yevgeny Sudbin joins the N.C. Symphony for concerts of music by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich in Raleigh
  • Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and friends pull into the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for special train rides, crafts, games and more
  • Cycle North Carolina’s “Mountains to Coast” ride will speed through Historic Edenton Thursday and by Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo Friday before wrapping up at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Saturday
  • Bluegrass musicians from across the country will descend on Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass meeting and music festival

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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See legendary folk singer Judy Collins and the baseball classic Bull Durham
in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park this weekend.

Maritime crafts in Hatteras, a drawing workshop in Winston-Salem and a performance by legendary folk singer Judy Collins in Raleigh 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 starts off Thursday when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteraswill help kids make maritime-themed crafts as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will host a drawing workshop led by a Wake Forest professor in the afternoon.

Friday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will present a 1960s-style, psychedelic murder mystery dinner as the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City hosts an interactive art making workshop for kids and families. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will team up with Morehead Planetarium and the Raleigh Astronomy Club to offer a stargazing session in the Museum Park before screening the classic baseball film Bull Durham.

Saturday kicks off with bicycle tours hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southportthat highlight the history of its hometown and special, informal tours of the outdoor History of Harvest exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Throughout the day Historic Edenton will celebrate the reopening of the Roanoke River Lighthouse with special tours, before iconic folk singer Judy Collins will take the stage of the outdoor amphitheater at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh that evening.

This weekend is also a great time to check out some fantastic special exhibitions now on view across the state. The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh has Bull City Summer, a multimedia exploration of one season with the country’s most famous minor league baseball team, and Sacred Motherhood, which features 13 diverse representations of mother and child from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Across town, the N.C. Museum of History’s Stagville: Black and White showcases Durham’s Historic Stagville in stunning photographs, while the Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718 traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship is on view at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow.

Winston-Salem‘s SECCA is now showing Neil Goldberg: Anthology, which examines life in art through a variety of media and Claire Harvey: Daily Measures, which features works that transform everyday materials and witnessed subjects into fascinating microcosms.

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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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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