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A free family festival celebrating Native American culture in Raleigh, holiday decoration making in Elizabeth City and a mini-symposium on the Constitution in Fayetteville 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 eight suggestions to get you started:

1. The 19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, featuring craft demonstrations, storytelling and traditional dance performances, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

2. A unique lecture and storytelling performance celebrating the life of organist Mary Calvin McIntyre Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

3. Schubert’s Death and the Maiden as re-imagined by a quartet of N.C. Symphony musicians and visionary artist and producer blursome Thursday at Kings in Raleigh.

4. A lunchtime movie that highlights the commercial fishing families of the Core Sound region Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

5. Holiday decoration making Saturday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

6. The debut of a film on the race to the save the Cherokee language Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

7. Saturday and Sunday family-friendly tours of the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, focusing on the themes of food and family traditions.

8. A mini-symposium on North Carolina and the U.S. Constitution hosted by the Museum of the Cape Fear at the Cumberland County Public Library Saturday in Fayetteville.

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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Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States by Howard Chandler Christy. Richard Dobbs Spaight is pictured signing the document.  William Blount is standing directly behind him, and High Williamson is standing down and to the left on the stairs.  Image courtesy of the National Archives.

On September 17, 1787—that’s 225 years ago today—39 men signed the United States Constitution and, many would argue, ushered in a whole new era in history. In celebration of this anniversary, we take a look at the North Carolinians who signed a document that would change the world.

Born near Windsor in Bertie County, William Blount only reluctantly signed the Constitution and did not actively take part in the convention. Blount later went onto serve as U.S. senator from Tennessee, and as a governor of that state.

After the Revolutionary War, Richard Dobbs Spaight of New Bern served as a member (and eventually speaker) of the state House of Commons and as a member of the Continental Congress. Taking an active role at the federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, he also argued forcefully for its adoption at the state convention in Hillsborough. He later served as a North Carolina governor and state senator.

Hugh Williamson was surgeon general of the North Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War and a man of many talents. Over the course of his life he was a licensed Presbyterian preacher, professor of mathematics and physician. Like Spaight, Williamson was an active participant in the convention, serving on five committees and eloquently arguing for the document’s adoption.

Two other men from North Carolina were delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but didn’t ultimately sign the document. William Richardson Davie—perhaps best known as the father of UNC and for being a North Carolina governor—was called away on personal business and never returned. Alexander Martin—also a North Carolina governor—left before the third draft was completed.

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