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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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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:

1. Enjoy the romantic film classic Casablanca as the N.C. Symphony plays the score in the background, Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson in Winnabow, with battle re-enactments, living history demonstrations and lectures Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

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.

 

 

4. Stop by the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to make a “heart-y” greeting for Valentine’s Day.

 

 

5. Take a carriage ride into the past and see demonstrations of Civil War-era home front and military life Saturday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

6. Check out the Lexicon of Sustainability Art Show in Fremont. It makes its debut at the Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace Sunday.

 

 

7. Learn how the N.C. Maritime Museum saved a 33-foot long sperm whale skeleton and preserved its heart, Saturday in Beaufort.

 

 

8. Watch classic cartoons while helping the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) make a big geodesic dome for its Collective Actions exhibit, Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

9. See the sci-fi thriller Firestarter, which helped launch North Carolina’s then-budding film industry, Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

10. Show that special someone you care by creating a valentine they will “knot” forget, Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

11. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities and snacks, Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

 

 

 

 

13. Join the Thomas Wolfe Memorial for a discussion of Wolfe’s short story “The House of the Far and Lost,” Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

14. Explore a unique civil rights story through performances of dance, spoken word and music Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

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.

 

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2. Discover North Carolina’s rich African American music tradition with the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.

 

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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.

 

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4. Visit one of the several state historic sites that have strong African American stories to tell.

 

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5. Explore the work of Minnie Evans, Romare Bearden and other noted African American artists at the N.C. Museum of Art.

 

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6. Take a tour of Historic Edenton as seen through the eyes of well-known abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs.

 

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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.

 

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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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Stargazing with an African twist in Durham, an exploration of African American sailors during the Civil War in Southport and a day of free admission to Tryon Palace 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 eight suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Hear African folklore about the night sky and peer through telescopes to take a tour of the stars Friday at Historic Stagville in Durham.

 

 

2. In New Bern, explore Tryon Palace’s historic buildings and gardens for free Saturday.

 

 

3. Relax and enjoy a concert of some of the best of bluegrass Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

 

 

4. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh for a screening of the 1947 film Pitch a Boogie Woogie Saturday. The movies was the first made by a production company based in North Carolina and stars an all-black cast.

 

 

5. Discover the similarities between the visual arts and jazz of the 20th century with a gallery tour and chamber music concert, Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

6. See North Carolina history through photographer Hugh Morton’s eyes and learn about his life during a free lecture at Tryon Palace in New Bern Saturday.

 

 

7. Hear the stories of men who escaped enslavement and enlisted in the Union Navy Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

8. Enjoy concerts of masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh and 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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A celebration of African American history and culture in Raleigh, a biosphere making session in Winston-Salem and two lectures exploring the history of the coast in Beaufort 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 nine suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday as it kicks off Black History Month and celebrates North Carolina’s rich African American history and culture through music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations, lectures and hands-on activities.

 

 

2.Help make a living biosphere on a geodesic dome in the gallery at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, starting Friday.

 

 

3. Take a lunch break with the N.C. Symphony Friday in Raleigh, hearing some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous pieces after meeting of the orchestra’s musicians.

 

 

4. Test your knowledge of trivia, tactics and history of the War Between the States Thursday in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s annual Civil War Quiz Bowl.

 

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5. Discover the often overlooked history of whaling in North Atlantic Ocean during the Medieval era, Friday evening at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

6. Explore the history of the N.C. State Highway Patrol in a new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, which opens Saturday.

 

 

7. Learn about the legend of the Carroll A. Deering shipwreck during a lecture Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

8. Spend your Sunday afternoon exploring traditional West African culture through dances, stories and songs with the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

9. See the classic fantasy film A Thousand and One Nights at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

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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Civil rights protesters march down a Raleigh street in 1963. This image was taken by the New & Observer and is part of the Civil Rights

Civil rights protesters march down a Raleigh street in 1963.
This image was taken by the New & Observer and is part of
the Civil Rights Movement Collection

As Black History Month winds down, the State Archives of North Carolina has two great new resources related to African American history that you won’t want to miss.

  • The African American Education Collection of the Archives’ digital collections has actually been around for a while, but what’s new are a whole host of materials related to Rosenwald Schools. The Rosenwald rural school building program was a major effort to improve the quality of public education for African Americans in the early 20th century South. You can learn more about the movement here and see those cool new resources here.
  • The Archives’ Civil Rights Movement Collection is totally new. This group of materials includes letters, speeches, reports, booklets, photographs, news clippings and more related to a number of topics associated with the Civil Rights movement in North Carolina 1950s to the 1970s. Though the emphasis is on state agency records, there’s much be discovered and you can start taking a look around here.

If this is your first exposure to the North Carolina Digital Collections, a joint project of the State Archives and State Library, don’t let it be your last. The collections house an endless amount of cool stuff from our state’s past from audio recordings of the General Assembly’s debates on the Speak Ban Law to letters from the Civil War.

You can browse all of the digital collections here.

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Join the State Capitol Saturday as its hosts local authors and leaders for an African American Read-In to celebrate Black History Month

Performances of slave narratives in Durham, a meet-and-greet with North Carolina artists in Raleigh and celebrations of African American music in Elizabeth City are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday morning in Raleigh, when staff from the N.C. Museum of History will read the stories Shoes and Alligator Shoes and take kids for a visit to one of the museum’s galleries. In the evening, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show the film Sign Painters, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will present a musical lecture by the vocalist from 12 Years a Slave. Historic Bath will also screen a movie on the life of Jackie Robinson, while Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will present a lecture on Rosenwald Schools at Wayne Community College.

Friday, SECCA will host a lecture by Andrew Blauvelt, one of the organizers of its Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition in Winston-Salem. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the film Chico and Rita; offer the chance to explore the museum’s galleries at night with food, wine and live music; and host a meet-and-greet with North Carolina artists.

Saturday, Raleigh will be abuzz with activity as

In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will also offer African American music programs in the morning and evening, and a program on Rosenwald Schools in the afternoon.

Saturday also marks the opening of two new exhibits. Our travelling exhibit of artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge will make its debut at Reed Gold Mine in Midland, while Cedars in the Pines, an exhibit exploring North Carolina’s Lebanese heritage will open at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

Sunday, the weekend wraps up with the opening of Bull City Summer, a multimedia exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh centering around Durham’s legendary baseball team and performances by African American choirs and the chance to meet local African American collectors at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

Several programs will also be offered throughout the weekend:

This weekend is also your last chance to see the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition at SECCA in Winston-Salem.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com.

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