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Panning for gold in Midland, train rides with the Easter Bunny in Spencer and a remembrance of the Vietnam War in Raleigh as just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are nine suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Take your kids to the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for special train rides with the Easter Bunny Saturday and Sunday.
2. Try your hand at striking it rich Saturday when Reed Gold Mine in Midland opens up gold panning for the season.
3. Commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day throughout the weekend at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh with period equipment displays, the chance to talk with Vietnam veterans and performances of a play that centers on the conflict.
4. Stargaze with folks from the Morehead Planetarium and Raleigh Astronomy Club Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park in Raleigh.
5. See what it takes a build a boat in the traditional style Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
6. Check out a new exhibition of oil paintings by Josephine Halvorson that opens this Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
7. Learn how to make rope like they did in the 1800s Saturday at Somerset Place in Creswell.
8. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport for bike tours that highlight the history of its hometown Saturday.
9. Experience demonstrations of the historic weaving technique of tatting Friday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.
Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

It’s the first day of spring and we’re excited! It’s been a pretty rough winter across the Tar Heel State, and if you’re feeling as stir crazy as we are, you’re ready to get out there and celebrate the coming of the warmer weather with all of the best that North Carolina has to offer.

Here’s what’s on our spring bucket list. What’s on yours?

nctm-spring-list1. Jump on board the Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

No one signals the arrival of spring quite like the Easter Bunny. And during the next couple of weeks, he’ll be offering special train rides at the N.C. Transportation Museum that your kids won’t want to miss. In addition to train rides, your family can also have breakfast with the big bunny and go on an Easter egg hunt at the museum on select days.

 

This free online course from the State Library and Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest will introduce beginners to the basics of the family history research, while offering pros a chance to take part in the teaching process and share their love for family history with others. Spring is a great time for a new project, make genealogy yours!

 

bville-spring-list3. Experience a Civil War living history program.

North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment will take place this weekend at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, but the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of Civil War won’t stop there. We have a number of programs planned through the rest of the season.

 

tryon-spring-list4. Visit the beautiful gardens at Tryon Palace.

The gardens at Tryon Palace represent the wide array of landscapes you’d see on larger estates during the 18th and 19th centuries. From the grandeur of the formal Maude Moore Latham Garden to the natural Wilderness Garden and the practical Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to explore.

 

library-b-spring-list5. Explore past issues of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

In print since 1937, Wildlife in North Carolina is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The magazine features a stunning collection of nature photography perfect for the season, and thanks to the hard the work of the State Library, you can read more than 700 issues online for free.

 

science-spring-list6. See the science behind some of state’s most fascinating history.

From an overview of the engineering that makes Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs work to a look at the cutting edge technology used to conserve artifacts from the wreck of the Blackbeard’s flagship, several of our historic sites, museums and other venues are teaming up with the N.C. Science Festival this April to show you the interesting intersections of history and science.

 

arts-spring-list7. Try out a new North Carolina arts experience.

From annual music festivals like MerleFest and Moogfest to the start of the run of the many of North Carolina’s outdoor dramas, there are so many great experiences across the Tar Heel State in the springtime. Check out the N.C. Arts Council’s cultural trails for some inspiration.

 

ncma-spring-list8. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

If you saw our fall bucket list, you probably know that we recommended the park then, too. But the truth is that there’s really no bad to time to visit this 160-acre Raleigh gem. As part of its inaugural Art in Bloom festival this weekend, the museum will be offering several great programs, both inside and out.

North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment in Four Oaks, a festival of art and flowers in Raleigh and a night under the stars in Mount Gilead are just a few opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment Saturday and Sunday at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks.

 

 

2. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh for Art in Bloom, its inaugural festival of art and flowers throughout the weekend. Master classes, art making, lectures and breathtaking flower displays will all be part of the fun.

 

 

3. Make art in the Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem Saturday with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and other local arts organizations.

 

 

4. Discover how the staff at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle used oral histories and other primary sources of information to restore the buildings on site during a program Saturday.

 

 

5. Spend a night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the best spots for stargazing in the Tar Heel State.

 

 

6. Learn tips and tricks for deciphering and preserving your old family photos at a workshop presented by the N.C. Genealogical Society and the State Archives Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Hear about the history behind Parker Legwear, one of western North Carolina’s largest textile operations, Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

8. Explore the history of the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina through a new exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo.

 

 

9. Experience the works of female jazz and blues icons through songs and stagecraft during “Mama’s Got the Blues,” a multimedia production at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday to

 

 

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

A Civil War living history weekend in Fayetteville, traditional boat building in Beaufort and concerts of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See what the Union occupation of Fayetteville was like first-hand as re-enactors bring the period to life Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

2. Hear the timeless music of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

3. Take a look at North Carolina’s largest Civil War conflict through the lens of archaeology during a lecture Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

4. Spend some quality time with your family at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center Thursday night in New Bern.

5. Discuss the short story “The Child by Tiger” with local author Andrea Clark Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. Try your hand at building a boat the traditional way throughout the weekend at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

7. Discover North Carolina’s rich textile history and weave a bookmark to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

8. Explore how wind affected Outer Banks history and make a related hands-on craft with your kids Friday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

9. Celebrate the craftiness of local scouts when the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a pinewood derby Saturday in Elizabeth City.

10. Spend your Saturday morning doing yoga on the scenic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn in Edenton.

11. Enjoy the soothing sounds of Fire Pink Trio during a concert that matches music with works of art in the N.C. Museum of Art’s collection Sunday in Raleigh.

12. Head out to Aycock Birthplace in Fremont Saturday to see how high you can fly a kite, and while you’re there, make a model biplane using household items.

13. Experience the natural world through art at a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh

14. Wrap up your winter blues at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Saturday and Sunday when some of the Triad’s best writers share their work.

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

The grand opening of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston, the chance to meet Tar Heel sports legends in Raleigh and a look at the scandalous side of the Stanly family in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Here are 8 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Celebrate the grand opening of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston Saturday with lectures, musical performances and living history demonstrations.
2. Make a miniature paper garden at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Sunday.
3. Hear scandalous stories from Stanly family’s history Friday at Tryon Palace in New Bern
4. Sing and dance along to the down home sound of Barleycorn & Rye during a concert at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Sunday.
5. Discover the magic of Mozart with your kids during special family-friendly performances by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Raleigh and Sunday in New Bern.
6. Bring a personal object that means something to you, share a story about it and help make a giant bundle dedicated to healing throughout the weekend at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
7. Hear about athletic careers past and present from some of our state’s sports legends Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
8. Celebrate North Carolina’s coastal and culinary heritage with Beaufort Food and Wine Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
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Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

Special steam engine train rides in Spencer, a soap making workshop in Pinnacle and musket and cannon firing demonstrations in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Here are 11 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for one of three great events Saturday:a celebration of Piedmont Airlines, special steam engine train rides and a railroad book sale.
2. See musket and cannon firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
3. Learn how to make soap the old fashioned way with ingredients you can find at any grocery store during a workshop Saturday at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle.
4. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a night of music, dancing, food and drinks Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
5. See memorabilia from Sleepy Hollow’s filming at Tryon Palace on display at the N.C. History Center in New Bern through Sunday.
6. Stop by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-SalemSaturday for a pancake social complete with art activities and performances.
7. Hear about the struggle for civil rights in the small Martin County town of Williamston during a lecture at Historic Bath Saturday.
8. Learn about world music, folklore and dance through songs and stories at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday.
9. Discover the history of U.S. Colored Troops in North Carolina during a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Thursday.
10.Enjoy concerts of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony performed by the N.C. Symphony in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Sanford throughout the weekend.
11. Hear the harrowing tales of men who were prisoners of the North Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. (UPDATE: This program will be rescheduled due to winter weather).

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

The snow is falling outside, and on day like this we can’t resist browsing our collections and taking a look at how the people of yesteryear celebrated (or coped with, depending on your viewpoint) winter weather.

Here are six stand out snowy shots from our collections:

1. Two men standing next to a 12-foot snowbank somewhere in western North Carolina, circa 1960. (Image from the N.C. Museum of History).

 

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2. This icy cover from a February 1951 issue of Our State Magazine. (Image from the State Library).

 

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3. Celebrating the 1940 Easter snowfall in downtown Cary. (Image from the State Archives).

 

 

4. An aerial view of downtown Raleigh covered in snow, circa 1960. (Image from the State Archives).

 

 

5. Plowing U.S. 301 near Wilson, sometime in the 1920s or 30s. (Image from the N.C. Museum of History).

 

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6. Gov. Luther Hodges and others talking in front a Fort Bragg based-airplane with snow-capped mountains in the background.

 

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Looking to browse our collections yourself? Check out this list of 5 digital resources we offer for suggestions on where to start.

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