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Today is International Dance Day, and to celebrate we thought we’d pass along this great new video from the N.C. Museum of Art. In the video, NCMA staff make a museum believer out a museum skeptic by taking him a tour of museum’s galleries and preservation spaces set to the classic 70s sound of Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration.”

 

 

The video is one 28 created by museums around the world as part of the international “Museum Dance Off” on the popular When You Work At a Museum… Tumblr blog.

NCMA’s video made it past round one with nearly 5,500 votes, but the museum needs your help when voting for round two opens up on May 1. Simply head to the When You Work At a Museum… Tumblr on May 1 and cast your vote for NCMA.

An annual celebration of wooden boats in Beaufort, a film festival in Raleigh and vintage motorcycles on display in Spencer are just of the 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 help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort for displays of historic vessels, educational activities and boatbuilding displays as part of its 41st Annual Wooden Boat Show throughout the weekend.

 

 

2. Experience stories of the Tar Heel State’s past and present as told through film Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History’s inaugural Longleaf Film Festival Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

3. Delve into the stories of the women of Hatteras Island Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as part of the Hatteras Storytelling Festival.

 

 

4. Hear about the history behind Civil War monuments Saturday at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

5. Learn how you can use online resources for genealogical research Saturday at the State Library in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in WilmingtonSouthern Pines, New Bern and Raleigh.

 

 

7. Ride into the past at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

8.  Take a musical journey through North Carolina’s sights, sounds and culture Sunday during a concert at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Explore the connections between modern and contemporary art during a panel discussion at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

10. Celebrate the first Friday of May with half off admission to N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit in Raleigh.

 

 

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

Members of the Latham’s Battery re-enacting group in the front of the
North Carolina Monument at Appomattox Court House.

As the nation commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Civil War surrender at Appomattox Court House earlier this month, several DCR staff members were on hand to mark the occasion and remember North Carolina’s role in the landmark event.

Supervisor of Historical Research Michael Hill and Head of the State Archives’ Microfilm Imaging Unit Chris Meekins joined re-enactors from the Latham’s Battery group, which is based out of North Carolina, for a ceremony at our state’s monument to honor the troops who served there.

The North Carolina Monument at Appomattox shown from a distance.

The North Carolina Monument at Appomattox show from a distance.The monument marks the point of the last advance made by North Carolina troops at the Battle of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. That last advance is one of the origins of the popular phrase “First at Bethel, Farthest to the Front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga, and Last at Appomattox,” popularly used throughout much of the early 20th century to describe North Carolina’s role in the Civil War.

The monument, which honors the more than 5,000 North Carolina troops that were paroled at the Appomattox surrender, was dedicated in 1905 by a delegation that included then Governor Robert Brodnax Glenn.

The ceremony comes not only as we remember the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, but also as the Museum of the Albemarle opens an exhibit exploring the monuments that cropped up across North Carolina after the close of the conflict and a recent acquisition by the State Archives that highlights a company of Tar Heels present at Appomattox.

More images of the monument ceremony are available on our Flickr site.

North Carolina is blessed with 10 national parks. From the majestic peaks of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the west to the softs sands of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks, there’s so much to see and do, and so much history behind the Tar Heel State’s federally protected places.

To celebrate National Parks Week, here are 10 items from our collections related to North Carolina’s national parks:

1. A 1952 brochure for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo

 

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Item S.HS.2006.8.4 from the collection of North Carolina Historic Sites

 

2. Goggle fishing at the Cape Lookout National Seashore, circa August 1939

 

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Image ConDev2307L from the Conservation and Development Department,
Travel and Tourism Division photo files of the State Archives

 

3. Stopping at the Mount Mitchell Turnout on the Blue Ridge Parkway, circa June 1945

 

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Image ConDev5080A from the Conservation and Development Department,
Travel and Tourism Division photo files of the State Archives

 

4. A 1781 drawing of the Quaker community around the Guilford Courthouse battlefield

 

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Sketch from the Genealogy Collection of the State Library

 

5. A Navy blimp and Army helicopter at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, circa 1950

 

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Image from the David Stick Collection of the Outer Banks History Center

 

6. Carl Sandburg gets a visit at Connemara, now the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock

 

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Item H.1952.63.54 from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

 

7. Surf fishing at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore with the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the background, circa 1956

 

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Image PhC68_1_15 from Carolina Power and Light (CP&L)
Photograph Collection 
of the State Archives

 

8. A 1948 postcard from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

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Image PhC_120_3_19 from the Miscellaneous Postcard Collection
of the State Archives

 

9. A 1965 North Carolina travel guide featuring Fontana Lake, which is skirted in part by the Appalachian Trail

 

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Item H.1982.88.2 from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

 

10. A plate commemorating the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

 

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Item H.2008.59.12 from the N.C. Museum of History’s collection

 

Explore more materials related to North Carolina’s national parks and a wide array of other subjects on the State Archives’ Flickr site, North Carolina Digital Collections and our collections database.

A look at the science of pirates in Greenville, re-enactments commemorating the largest surrender of the Civil War in Durham and an afternoon of living history activities near Sanford are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

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

1. Touch a cannon that was once mounted on Blackbeard’s flagship and learn about the science of pirates Saturday at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville.

 

 

2. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War throughout the weekend at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

3. Celebrate the culture of southern Appalachia Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum’s Pioneer Day in Old Fort, featuring craft demonstrations, music, food and Civil War re-enactors.

 

 

4. Spend your Saturday afternoon at “Retreat,” now known as House in the Horseshoe near Sanford, and experience artillery and musket firings, pottery making and 18th century toys and games.

 

 

5. Hear some of the state and county’s best musical acts perform “traditional plus” music throughout the weekend at MerleFest in Wilkesboro.

 

 

6. Honor the anniversary of George Washington’s visit to Tryon Palace with a colonial ball,dinner with President Washington and other activities throughout the weekend in New Bern.

 

 

7. See groundbreaking new films selected as noteworthy by the RiverRun International Film Festival throughout the weekend at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. Check out Zoosphere, a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art that explores humans’ effect on the environment through video, when it opens Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Kayak through local history Saturday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

10. Join the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia Saturday for a community discussion of the connections between Dr. Brown’s work and the Freedom Riders.

 

 

11. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

 

 

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

French and Indian War re-enactments in Statesville, a look inside some of North Carolina’s oldest buildings in Edenton and a panel discussion with Vietnam POWs 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.

Here are 13 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. See re-enactments that highlight North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

2. Check out Alternative Modernisms, a new exhibition that explores the evolving relationship between the historical and contemporary image, when it opens Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

3. See inside North Carolina’s oldest house and other Chowan County historic landmarks during Edenton‘s Pilgrimage of Historic Homes Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Join Bennett Place in Durham as it opens a new museum space Saturday and kicks off its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the landmark surrender that took place there.

 

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5. Hear first-hand about what life was like for POWs during the Vietnam War Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Hike the Rachel Carson Reserve with staff from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Friday.

 

 

7. Enjoy the sounds of Broadway’s best tunes at concerts performed by the N.C. SymphonyFriday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

8. Spend Saturday evening under the stars with Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead to celebrate International Dark Sky Week.

 

 

9. Explore the music of the 1700s and hear some live performances of it Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

 

 

10. Take inspiration from Mickalene Thomas’s The Three Graces and create embellished mixed-media selfies that highlight three aspects of your personality Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

11. Ride through Southport‘s history with bike tours offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there Saturday.

 

 

12. Learn about the history of the Stanly House Friday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to learn about lighthouses and make paper lighthouses of their own.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

Slow Art Day celebrations in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, a look at the history beneath the seas in Southport and a garden lover’s weekend 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 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Commemorate the 239th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, the first official cry from a colony for independence from Great Britain with a day of special tours and living history activities at Historic Halifax Sunday.

2. Experience the mesmerizing vision of Hector Belio’s Symphonie Fantastique as performed by the North Carolina Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines and Raleigh.

3. Visit Tryon Palace’s gardens for free, learn how to spruce up your home with historic plants and a take a tour of New Bern‘s historic homes and gardens as part of the site’sGarden Lover’s Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

4. Spend Slow Art Day, a global event aimed at helping people experience art in new ways, with the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh or the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

5. Discover the history hidden beneath the seas around the lower Cape Fear region Saturday at a symposium hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. UPDATE 4/10 — This event has been cancelled

6. Dive deep into the work of Thomas Wolfe and discuss one his short stories with local author Terry Roberts Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

7. Join the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem for a morning of cartoons and art making Saturday.

8. See antique tractors and trains from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday.

9. Celebrate the birthday of Addy Walker, an African American Girl Doll representing the Civil War era, with Historic Stagvile in Durham.

10. Take a kayak trip with your kids and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

11. Hear about the close of the Civil War in North Carolina from expert scholar Mark Bradley Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Just in time for spring, discover the fascinating history behind gardens in ancient Egypt Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

13. Make your own Civil War-style haversack Saturday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

14. Watch some of the world’s best documentaries in downtown Durham throughout the weekend as part of the Full Frame Documentary Film 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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