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The grand opening of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston, the chance to meet Tar Heel sports legends in Raleigh and a look at the scandalous side of the Stanly family in New Bern 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 8 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Celebrate the grand opening of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston Saturday with lectures, musical performances and living history demonstrations.
2. Make a miniature paper garden at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Sunday.
3. Hear scandalous stories from Stanly family’s history Friday at Tryon Palace in New Bern
4. Sing and dance along to the down home sound of Barleycorn & Rye during a concert at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Sunday.
5. Discover the magic of Mozart with your kids during special family-friendly performances by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Raleigh and Sunday in New Bern.
6. Bring a personal object that means something to you, share a story about it and help make a giant bundle dedicated to healing throughout the weekend at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
7. Hear about athletic careers past and present from some of our state’s sports legends Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
8. Celebrate North Carolina’s coastal and culinary heritage with Beaufort Food and Wine Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
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 evening of holiday family fun in Raleigh, a stroll through the holidays of yesteryear in Halifax and a grand Candlelight Christmas celebration 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 five suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Say hi to Santa Friday in Raleigh, where he’ll be on hand for the N.C. Museum of Art’s Holiday Family Fun Friday, which will also include games, art making and live entertainment.

2. Meet military re-enactors from throughout history; see fire eating, magic and dance performances; and marvel at historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century decorations as part of Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas celebration Saturday in New Bern.
3. Take a holiday stroll through Halifax Saturday with an interpreter from Historic Halifax.
4. Join the N.C. Symphony as they play concerts with the “little orchestra” Pink Martini throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

5. Learn about how lightships and light towers were used to illuminate areas where lighthouses couldn’t be built Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort

6. See artifacts from the Civil War collected by the son of the Civil War veteran (who’s still alive!), and watch a film on the search from freedom in North Carolina Thursday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

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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The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville 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 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art 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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Free concerts by the N.C. Symphony, Civil War living history programs and several more rare chances to see the 13th Amendment  are just a few of the great programs offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources across the state this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when Vance Birthplace in Weaverville offers music, lectures and dramatic readings in conjunction with a visit by the 13th Amendment as part of DCR’s limited statewide tour of this important and fragile document.

Our popular traveling exhibit of treasuress from Blackbeard’s sunken flagship will open at Historic Bath Friday, just as the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a poetry slam tied to its Estampas de la raza exhibition and screens the film 42: the Jackie Robinson Story. The 13th Amendment tour will stop in Sedalia at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, where it will be accompanied by a lunch and learn lecture and children’s activities.

Saturday, re-enactors will be on hand at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to discuss the typical Civil War soldier’s life, while the CSS Neuse Center in Kinston will put on a program focusing on challenges of the Civil War home front, including Mourning practices, homeguards and food shortages.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will display vintage farm equipment and host beekeepers demonstrating their craft to celebrate life on the farm, while the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington showcases a premier display of World War I arms, clothing and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and stations volunteers throughout the ship to explain specific topics like the galley and radar. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will focus on World War II with a program featuring living historians and hands-on activities for kids, while Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the beautiful lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on sculpture, before hosting an evening concert by a Beatles tribute band and screening a documentary about the legendary group. The N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will let visitors watch Native American artist Alyssa Hinton at work and then make a mixed media collage to take home with them, and host a singing of the national anthem for Flag Day. In Durham, Duke Homestead will give visitors the chance to explore its hometown’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City with Bull Fest, while Historic Stagville will display the 13th Amendment in a slave cabin while offering music, genealogical consultations and other programs. In Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a circus-inspired concert combining classical masterpieces and contemporary hits as acrobatic artists swirl above them.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show cartoons and offer art making activities for kids centered around pencils and drawing. SECCA will also open a new exhibit that explores just how extraordinary the ordinary can be Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will light up with cannon fire during re-enactments of 18th century camp life and the N.C. Symphony will play free concerts of Beethoven’s dramatic 5th Symphony in JacksonvillePinehurst and Washington. At Pinehurst, the Symphony will be showcased during the U.S. Open activities.

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The new CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretative Center

More than a year ago, the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse moved to downtown Kinston with great fanfare, and earlier this month Sec. Susan Kluttz joined local leaders to unveil its new home at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center on Queen Street. This museum is a work-in-progress and gives visitors a rare opportunity to see a museum project under construction.

The museum’s downtown location is part of a cultural renaissance Kinston is experiencing with new restaurants, award-winning craft beer and a burgeoning arts scene. Kinston’s small town charm and friendly business environment adds to the spark that culture is bringing to set Kinston’s economy on fire.

The day began with the re-dedication of a highway marker honoring the Neuse in front of the Lenoir County Courthouse. Secretary Kluttz, Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry and Highway Marker Program director Michael Hill made remarks. Bill Rowland, who witnessed the recovery of the sunken vessel from the Neuse River in the 1960s, and John Marston, CSS Neuse Gunboat Association president assisted in the marker unveiling. Site Manager Sarah Risty-Davis was the master of ceremonies.

Sec. Kluttz with Stephen Hill in the Neuse
Interpretative Center

Secretary Kluttz and the large, local crowd were given tours by interpreters in Civil War attire. These tours are now available to give visitors the chance to both see the magnificent ship and gain an understanding of the hard work it takes to build a museum. The museum will host its grand opening next year.

The Neuse was a one-of-a-kind ironclad that was constructed by the Confederacy to help counter the superior numbers of the Union Navy. With all its advances in technology, the Neuse saw little action, though it did participate in at least one skirmish in 1865.

While in Kinston, Sec. Kluttz also toured a number of downtown attractions with Stephen Hill, a Kinston native, who owns the award-winning Mother Earth Brewery with his son-in-law.  The Secretary enjoyed a tour of the brewery and taproom, noting the environmentally-friendly solar panels and art throughout.

Please click here for more information of the Neuse and the behind-the-scenes tour of the new museums, and here to see more images of the Sec. Kluttz’s Kinston trip.

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The Neuse on the its moving equipment.

Tomorrow morning as early as 5:30 a.m., the CSS Neusewill begin a three-mile journey from its current home at the CSS Neuse/Gov. Caswell Memorial to a new, custom-built, climate controlled building at 100 N. Queen St., in downtown Kinston. The Confederate ironclad represents the culmination of a ten year effort and will be a truly historic event. The Neuse has been at its current site since 1964, shortly after its raising from the Neuse River in 1962.

The move will be a slow one, with many safety precautions in place to protect both the public and the 148-year-old, 260-ton Neuse. In fact, the ship will travel at only one mile per hour until it reaches W. Vernon Avenue and will only reach a top speed of four miles per hour during the middle portion of the trip. The Neuse will be lifted out of its current location in three sections using house moving dollies that can turn a full 360 degrees. After it reaches the main road, it will be hitched to trucks.

Parking lots and sidewalks along Vernon Avenue and Queen Streets will offer great vantage points to the see move! The Neuse won’t be open for public view again until late in the year as the staff of the Historic Sites Division finishes construction on the new building and continues to develop the exhibits on the role of eastern North Carolina in the Civil War.

The route of the Neuse‘s move.

We want to hear from you as you watch this historic event. Tweet your photos and comments on #CSSNeuse and upload your photos to our Facebook page! You can learn more about the Neuse and its move on our website.

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