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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!

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Tiny Broadwick 1All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women’s history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state’s past.

“Tiny” Broadwick, remembered as the “First Lady of Parachuting,” holds a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for her achievements as a parachutist. Born Georgia Ann Thompson, Broadwick was married at 12, a mother at 13, and abandoned by her husband soon thereafter. At fifteen, Tiny attended a carnival in Raleigh where she watched as Charles Broadwick parachuted from a balloon. It was a life-changing event for her, and Broadwick secured permission for the teenager to join his “World Famous Aeronauts.” Soon after, she became Broadwick’s adopted daughter.

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At just over four feet, Georgia was nicknamed “Tiny.” She thrilled audiences by jumping from a swing attached to a balloon. As the novelty wore off, the Broadwicks moved their act to flying machines. In 1913, soaring in a biplane, she descended from 2,000 feet, becoming the first woman to parachute from an airplane.

In 1914, she demonstrated Broadwick’s pack parachute for Army officials, who were impressed with what they called the “life preserver of the air.” Tiny retired from parachuting in 1922, after more than 1,100 jumps. She is the only female member of the Early Birds of Aviation, and her parachutes are housed at the North Carolina Museum of History and the Smithsonian Institution.

See more images of Broadwick at the State Archives and read more about her life at the N.C. Museum of History.

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