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North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.


8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

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.

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Bennett Place will celebrate fall 19th century style Saturday and Sunday.

A 19th century autumn festival in Durham, an end-of-summer stargazing session in Mount Gilead and a celebration of vintage cars and trains in Old Fort 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 fun starts Friday, when visitors to Tryon Palace in New Bern have the chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes at the inaugural Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament. Elsewhere at the coast, Hatteras‘s Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will host a lecture commemorating the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will help kids and parents create college art for public display.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will kick off its fall film noir series with the classic Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train and offer a special gallery talk and tour to complement its new photography exhibit Private Eye. The tour will be led by the collector who donated the work in the exhibit.

Saturday starts with behind-the-scenes tours of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and just in time for the harvest, guided tours of the N.C. Museum of History’s agriculture exhibitacross the street. Food will be the focus in Pineville, where the President James K. Polk Historic Site will host special tours of its kitchen building and let visitors try their own hand at colonial chores. Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will help visitors get the most out of some end-of-summer stargazing, while the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort will celebrate vintage cars and trains with family activities, unique artifacts and a lecture.

At the coast Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will help visitors build a boat in a day and host archaeologist Ryan Bradley for a talk on whaling. Visitors can even bring in family photos and artifacts related to the industry and have Bradley take a look at them.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will open its 2014-2015 season with concerts featuring award-winning saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, while Bennett Place in Durham comes alive with the sights and sounds of the 19th century home front to celebrate the arrival of autumn.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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Sec. Kluttz helped announced a record year in tourism against the backdrop of
Bennett Place earlier this month

Earlier this month, the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announcedrecord-breaking numbers that describe the positive impact of tourism on North Carolina’s economy. Among the most impressive were that travelers to North Carolina spent $20.2 billion in 2013 and that the tourism industry employed nearly 200,000 people that same year.

Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz was honored to present the numbers from Bennett Place, while N.C. Department of Commerce Sec. Sharon Decker made a similar announcement in Concord and Gov. Pat McCrory spotlighted the industry’s impact the next day on the beach in Hatteras.

Secretary Kluttz was joined in Durham by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Tourism, Film and Sports Development Wit Tuttell; President and CEO of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau Shelly Green; and state Senator Mike Woodard.

In her remarks, the Secretary emphasized the importance of our state’s cultural and historical sites and events—from the World of Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh to Biltmore Estate in Asheville to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War across the state with special emphasis on the upcoming Open tournaments in Pinehurst—in the broader North Carolina tourism story.

She also noted how the three-part announcement reflected the strong partnership that Gov. McCrory’s office, DCR and Commerce have formed to welcome visitors to the Tar Heel State.

Visit the governor’s website for a full-rundown of last year’s success.

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Celebrate the harvest season old-school style at
Bennett Place Saturday and Sunday

Bluegrass programs in Raleigh, a glimpse of life on the 18th century North Carolina frontier in Statesville and a street festival-style community day in Old Fort are just a few of the great programs offered by our historic sites and museums this weekend.

The fun starts this evening with a lecture and poetry reading by North Carolina’s poet laureate at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia. Later in the evening, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will host two bluegrass programs in conjunction with the World of Bluegrass event: an exploration of the music of the American South and an open bluegrass jam session.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of History will present another bluegrass program focused on the three-finger picking style, while the N.C. Museum of Art, also in Raleigh, will screen Kiss Me Deadly (1955) as a part of its ongoing series of car-themed film presentations. In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will offer a pumpkin-themed art workshop.

Teachers and their families can enjoy free and discounted admission to Tryon Palace in New Bern, Saturday as the Palace hosts its Fall Family and Teacher’s Day. Also on the coast Saturday, the Museum of the Albemarle will host a program on historic postcards, giving visitors the chance to experience Elizabeth City past and present at the same time. Toward the Piedmont, the State Capitol in Raleigh will host a workshop on architectural photography, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will put on its annual Dog Day and K-9 5K.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with the opening a of new photography exhibit on American consumer culture at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh and a community festival at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, complete with inflatable rides, fire trucks, games, face painting and free food.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of Big Band classics in Raleigh with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, while Bennett Place in Durham will celebrate the fall season with a harvest festival and farmer’s market. Toward the west, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will offer more Day Out with Thomas programs, while Fort Dobbs in Statesville will showcase life on the frontier with its fall living history program.

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Sec. Kluttz with fellow barbecue and pie contest judges Debbi Matthews, Elizabeth Hudson, Dale Coats and David Cash

Judging a barbecue contest, visiting with junior interpreters and hearing about the experiences of North Carolinians during the Battle of Gettysburg were just a few of the highlights of Sec. Susan Kluttz’s visits to Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham over the weekend for 2nd Saturdays programs.

At Duke Homestead the theme was good old-fashioned North Carolina food and music. The program, called “Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: The Tastes of North Carolina,” focused on everything that makes our state taste great. While visiting the site, Sec. Kluttz saw demonstrations of traditional pickling methods, participated in a peanut boil and listed to a concert by the Malpass Brothers.

Sec. Kluttz with Bennett Place site manager John Guss and Bennett Place historic interpreter Dianne Smith

The secretary also got to serve as judge in the barbecue and pie contests alongside Our State Magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Hutson, Durham Herald-Sun food editor Debbie Matthews, N.C. Historic Sites deputy director Dale Coats and Durham Rescue Mission Volunteer & Donor Relations Coordinator David Cash.

She wrapped up her visit at Duke Homestead by talking to participants in the site’s junior interpreter program, who were demonstrating 19th-century games and toys. The program allows kids to experience history hands-on by living it.

In the afternoon, Sec. Kluttz headed across town to Bennett Place. There she met two interpreters—one who represented a North Carolina solider at the Battle of Gettysburg, and another, site manager John Guss, who represented a Michigan soldier at the same battle. The secretary listed to the two talk about their differing experiences there.

While at Bennett Place, Sec. Kluttz also took a tour of the site’s grounds and talked with volunteers who are working to raise funds to revamp the exhibits in the site’s visitor center. Click here to see more photos of her visits.

Sec. Kluttz with the Malpass Brothers

Don’t forget that we still have one more round of 2nd Saturdays programs on August 10. Visit 2ndSaturdaysNC.com to see the full rundown of programs. Don’t miss the fun!

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Take a Ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, this (and next) weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

Norwegian prints, Civil War-era reenactors and rides on Thomas the Tank Engine are just a few of the fun things you’ll find this weekend at the sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off early with the N.C. Arts Council at the installation of the North Carolina’s poet laureate this afternoon. The celebration will begin around 4:30 in the old House of Representatives chamber in the State Capitol. Later in the evening, Historic Bath will screen The Help as part of its historical films series, while Elisha Minter will portray Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist, in a storytelling program at Tryon Palace.

Starting Friday morning and continuing through Sunday, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends will be on hand at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Take your kids out for rides on Thomas, music, Thomas-themed games and activities and the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt.

On Saturday and Sunday, Bennett Place in Durham will host a living history program on the Civil War homefront in North Carolina. Visitors will have the chance to see what is was like to be left behind after the men went off to war. Both days, Vance Birthplace in Weaverville will have 1800s military demonstrations and other pioneer life activities, while the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer special tours of the Gone with the Wind exhibit, led by the owner of the collection himself!

On Sunday, the N.C. Museum of Art will debut a widely-acclaimed exhibition of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s work, a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear will examine the role of railroads in the Civil War and a talk at the Museum of History will describe how the South was packaged for pop culture consumption.

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