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Celebrate Native American culture at the N.C. Museum of History
all day Saturday.

Traditional Native American dancers, blacksmithing and naval military demonstrations and a 5K family fun run are just a few of the offerings of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend fun starts tonight with another installment of Historic Bath’s historical film series in Bath and a live performance of a Thomas’s Wolfe short story at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

Saturday begins early with a 5K family fun run and walk to raise money for holiday gifts for needy children at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead. Also Saturday morning the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will kick off its holiday season with a craft workshop. Later in the day, the Museum will host a discussion on segregated schools during the first half of the 20th century.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will host its annual American Indian Heritage Celebration complete with traditional and contemporary artists, dancers and performers, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will host the 15th Annual Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo fishing tournament. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a day-long class in traditional boat building.

All weekend long, Tryon Palace in New Bern will present programs on Civil War life, while the CSS Neuse in Kinston will host a naval-themed living history program. The N.C. Symphony will perform music from Mozart and Shostakovich in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

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It’s another very busy weekend across North Carolina, with many opportunities to explore the arts and history of the Tar Heel state.

Kick off your weekend early with a Friday morning hike on the famed Shackleford Banks, hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. In the evening, head to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem for the unveiling of a 50-year retrospective of the work of Anne Kesler Shields, a local visual artist.

All day Saturday, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer visitors a chance to build their own boat over the course of seven hours, while the Maritime Museum in Southport will host a series of lectures on Outer Banks history. The Beaufort museum will also be offering a hike of Rachel Carson Reserve in the morning.

Build your own boat Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

Farther inland, the CSS Neuse/Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston will have re-enactors on hand portraying soldiers across history from the American Revolution to Korean War, while the Daughters of American Revolution will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution at Alamance Battleground in Burlington.

The weekend winds down Sunday afternoon with intimate, behind-the-scenes tours of exhibitions at SECCA complete with tea and desserts, an ice cream social at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort and two chamber music concerts, one at Tryon Palace in New Bern and another at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.  SECCA’s paperless exhibition also closes Sunday.

Throughout the weekend, Paperhand Puppet Intervention will present its “City of Frogs” show at the N.C. Museum of Art, while SparkCon—sponsored in part by the N.C. Arts Council—will celebrate the Triangle as a creative hub of the South.

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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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