Posts Tagged ‘Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’

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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Try your hand at candle making Saturday at Brunswick Town/
Fort Anderson’s Colonial Day

Pumpkin catapulting in Mount Gilead, a beer bar and magicians in Raleigh and a colonial port brought to life in Winnabow are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off Thursday, with a celebration of Civil War music by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh complete with re-enactors and artifacts from the conflict.

The fun continues Friday in Raleigh when the N.C. Museum of History will invite kids to trick-or-treat through The Story of North Carolina exhibit and the N.C. Museum of Art spotlights one of the spookier items from its collection. NCMA will also offer performances by a magician and a screening of and the 1940s film noir I Wake Up Screaming.

At the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will present dramatic performances of mysterious tales from around the region, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have Halloween-themed crafts, treats and a movie to celebrate the spooky day.

Saturday, Winnabow‘s Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will come alive as it was in the 18th century with period militia drills and crafts, while the Museum of the Albemarle will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the N.C. Cooperative Extension with interactive displays and a round table discussion.

In the central part of the state, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will catapult pumpkins through the air to help support the Boy Scots, and Historic Halifax will host a community yard sale. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will host an afternoon of art making, dance performances and tours for families and the N.C. Symphony will kick off its kids series with a concert of spooky tunes from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with guided tours of the Small Treasures exhibit and a concert of music by French masters at the N.C. Museum of Art.

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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This post was co-written by Sarah Watkins-Kenney, QAR Lab Director and the Underwater Archaeology Branch’s Chief Conservator and graduate assistants Jeremy Borrelli and Hannah Smith.

The QAR Lab has been located at East Carolina University’s West Research Campus since 2003.  Through this partnership with ECU the QAR Lab is able to provide an exemplary site for contributing to education, training and research in maritime archaeology and conservation of archaeological artifacts. Staff at the QAR Lab has worked with students and researchers from ECU and other universities since 2003.

Each year we interact with ECU students through class visits, lectures, facilitating Master’s thesis research, providing volunteer opportunity and hosting graduate assistantships.  Since 2003, hundreds of students have been touched by our team’s outreach efforts.

This year we are pleased to welcome two new students as graduate assistants at the QAR Lab: Hannah Smith and Jeremy Borrelli. Each tells their story below.

Jeremy Borrelli
My name is Jeremy Borrelli, and I am one of the two new Graduate Assistants working at the QAR Conservation Lab at ECU. I received my undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz in Anthropology, with a focus in archaeology. During my tenure at New Paltz, I was involved with several dig sites around the Hudson Valley ranging from a prehistoric hunting camp to a Native American burial to the excavation of a historic stone house. I’ve always had a passion for history so being able to work directly with the physical remains of people from the past is something special for me. I became especially interested in artifacts from historic sites, such as Huguenot Street in New Paltz, where we excavated areas in and around the stone houses.

For the past eight years I’ve probably spent more time in water than I have on land as a competitive swimmer. Along with swimming, I’ve worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and Masters swimming coach so it’s safe to say that I have a certain comfort being around water! In 2009, I got SCUBA certified and learned more about the growing field of maritime archaeology. Ironically, I remember reading an article in the magazine Sport Diver about the Divedown program that was offered to divers allowing them to dive the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck in North Carolina. At the time I thought that it was so cool that something so enigmatic had been found and that maybe someday I’d be able to see or work on something like that.

My background in swimming and the water coupled with my interests in archaeology led me to become interested in maritime archaeology. This past August I began graduate school at ECU in the Maritime Studies program. Through the program I was granted a great opportunity to work here at the QAR Conservation Lab; the same wreck that got me interested in and introduced me to maritime archaeology! I am looking forward to interacting with the artifacts and learning from the skilled conservators and archaeologists working on the site as I begin my graduate studies in the field of maritime archaeology.

Hannah Smith
After receiving my B.A. in Studio Art/Art History and German from Bucknell University in 2010, I took a roundabout path to ECU’s M.A. in Anthropology program and the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab.  Originally planning to become an art conservator, I took some time off before applying to graduate school and studied more chemistry and studio art and tried to get more experience in conservation. As a result, I spent a little time in the QAR Lab in the summer of 2010, but never imagined I’d get to come back.

During the summer of 2011, I assisted with William Peace University’s Field School at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, where I’d been volunteering in a variety of roles since the fall of 2010. Getting to be involved with that dig and running the field lab, reminded me how much I enjoy archaeology.  After spending some time thinking about it and plenty of advice from the people around me, I decided to apply to ECU’s M.A. in Anthropology program, and focus on Historical Archaeology and conservation.  I hope to combine my interest in historical archaeology of the southeastern United States with conservation as I complete my Master’s thesis.  I was thrilled when I found out that I had gotten the Department’s Graduate Assistant position at the QAR Lab and would get to continue working on the archaeological site that started this journey.

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