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:
7. Hear about the struggle for civil rights in the small Martin County town of Williamston during a lecture at Historic Bath 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.
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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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).
2. This icy cover from a February 1951 issue of Our State Magazine. (Image from the State Library).
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).
6. Gov. Luther Hodges and others talking in front a Fort Bragg based-airplane with snow-capped mountains in the background.
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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Artifacts from Bull Durham in the N.C. Museum of History’s
Starring North Carolina! exhibition.
If you’ve lived in North Carolina for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about the Old North State’s rich tradition of film production. From a 1921 film on the fate of the Lost Colony to The Longest Ride, based on a Nicholas Sparks movie and set to release later this year, film and television production in the Old North State is as old the two mediums themselves.
With all the excitement around this weekend’s Academy Awards, we got curious and took a tour of the N.C. Museum of History’s fantastic Starring North Carolina! exhibition to explore North Carolina’s connections to the film industry’s highest honor.
Here are 10 movies with ties to the Tar Heel State that have gained recognition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual awards:
- Mogambo, though filmed almost exclusively internationally, earned Johnston County native Ava Gardner the only Academy Award nomination of her career.
- Filmed mostly in Georgia and South Carolina, scenes from 1972’s Deliverance were shot in Sylva. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including best picture.
Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner, a native of
Johnston County, visit Gardner’s mother in Raleigh
in 1942. Image from the State Archives.
- The Color Purple, from 1985, was nominated for best picture and 10 other Oscars but failed to win any. It was shot in Anson, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union Counties.
- David Lynch was nominated for Best Director for his 1986 crime drama Blue Velvet, which was shot in Wilmington and Lumberton.
- Crimes of the Heart, filmed in Caswell Beach, Southport, Wilmington and Winnabow garnered three Academy Award nominations. The 1986 movie’s “Botrelle Mansion” is in fact Orton Planation in Brunswick County.
- Though set in upstate New York, 1987’s Dirty Dancing was filmed mostly in Asheville and Buncombe Counties. The film won the Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Song.
- 1988’s Bull Durham, was filmed in Burlington, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilson and, of course, Durham.
- The Fugitive, from 1993, was nominated for best picture and earned Tommy Lee Jones the Best Supporting Actor award. Though mostly set in Chicago, scenes from the film were shot in Graham and Jackson Counties.
- Scenes from the American classic Forrest Gump were filmed at Biltmore Estate and Grandfather Mountain. The now legendary movie won six Oscars in 1995, including best picture, and was nominated for seven others.
- Nominated for best picture and three other awards in 1999, scenes from The Green Mile were filmed in Watauga County. In fact, Blowing Rock’s Flat Top Manor was used for the nursing home from which Tom Hanks narrates most of the story.
The television show Sleepy Hollow films
at Tryon Palace in New Bern in 2013.
All of these ten films and dozens of others are featured or profiled in the Starring North Carolina! exhibition. Its 8,000-foot space showcases hundreds of film- and television-related items from the 1900s to the present and explores how North Carolinians’ experience at the movies changed over time.
Some of the most popular artifacts in the exhibition include Leonardo’s mask from the 1990 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a costume worn by Jennifer Lawrence, who portrayed “Katniss” in the 2012 movie The Hunger Games and Ricky Bobby’s No. 26 Wonder Bread race car from the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,
Tickets to Starring North Carolina! are available online and at the N.C. Museum of History’s gift shop. Stop by and see us this Oscar weekend.
Check out the N.C. Museum of History’s A Place and Time blog for more highlights from the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs and people, and for features on the history of the Tar Heel State.
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The chance to “meet” African American legislators from 1868 in Raleigh, a celebration of the life of Maya Angelou in Winston-Salem and a survey of jazz greats in New Bern 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 10 suggestions to make the most of your time:
3. Honor the life of the legendary Maya Angelou with an evening of poetry and music Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
6. Enjoy some of the best classical music by Russian composers at concerts by the N.C. Symphony in Chapel Hill and Raleigh throughout the weekend.
8. Discover tools for learning about your family’s early African American ancestors at a genealogy workshop offered by the State Library Saturday in Raleigh.
10. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday for a screening Now, Voyager, sometimes called the Greatest Generation’s version of
Eat Pray Love.
11. Celebrate the 87th annual Academy Awards with a visit to the Starring North Carolina! exhibition at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Learn about the often-overlooked history of early Spanish explorers in Appalachia during a lecture Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.
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 Civil War re-enactment complete with torpedo demonstrations in Winnabow, screenings of the classic film Casablanca with the score performed live by N.C. Symphony in Raleigh and a look at sustainability through art in Fremont 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:
3. Visit with costumed interpreters, make fun crafts with your kids and explore interactive exhibits at Tryon Palace’s Family Night at the Museum, Thursday in New Bern.
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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February is Black History Month, and there’s so much to do across the Tar Heel State to celebrate. Here are eight things we have on our bucket list this month that you should try, too:
1. Step back in time to and “meet” a few members of North Carolina’s 1868 first black caucus at the State Capitol in Raleigh.
2. Discover North Carolina’s rich African American music tradition with the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.
3. Browse through the hundreds of photographs, bible records, genealogies, legal documents and other primary materials related to African American life and civil rights available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.
4. Visit one of the several state historic sites that have strong African American stories to tell.
5. Explore the work of Minnie Evans, Romare Bearden and other noted African American artists at the N.C. Museum of Art.
6. Take a tour of Historic Edenton as seen through the eyes of well-known abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs.
7. Get a broad overview or dive deep into a specific topic of African American history in North Carolina with a book from North Carolina Historical Publications.
8. Discover the stories of your African American ancestors with an index of online resources and workshop offered by the State Library.
Be sure and check out the Black History Month page on our website for more great resources and events related to Black History Month.
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