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Schools across North Carolina and out and summer has been here officially for a week. There are so many great things to see and do over the coming season that we decided to put together a list of 10 things that are on our agenda for the summer:

1. Discover North Carolina’s rich history of film and television production at the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit. The museum is running a Starring, North Carolina! summer special, with all tickets marked down 50%.
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2. Try to strike it rich by panning for gold at Reed Gold Mine in Midland.
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3. Take a look back at the Tar Heel vacations of yesteryear through photos and videos made available online by the State Archives. The Outer Banks History Center’s Flickr site, the Travel and Tourism Digital Collection and the State Archives’ Travel and Tourism Videos playlist are three great places to start your search.
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4. Stop by one of our historic sites or museums near your beach house or on the way to it.
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5. See a movie or concert under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
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6. Attend a summer arts or music festival or watch an outdoor drama. The N.C. Arts Council has a great list of the not-to-miss events.
7. Add a North Carolina novel or work of non-fiction to your summer reading list.
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8. Check out I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
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9. Beat the heat and cool off in the air conditioning at one of our nine art and history museums across the state.
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10. Step aboard President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it makes its only stop in the Southeast at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer August 29 and 30.
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Check out the summer section of our newly-redesigned website for more tips on experiencing authentic North Carolina arts, history and culture this summer. Happy exploring!

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The debut of Thomas Wolfe book club in Asheville, after-hours family fun at the North Carolina History Center in New Bern and performances of the iconic “Rhapsody in Blue” in Raleigh and Chapel 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 seven suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Escape the winter cold and enjoy fun for the whole family after hours at the North Carolina History Center Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

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2. Hear about the Battle of Fort Fisher and its role in the end of the Civil War from noted historian Robert Gragg, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

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3. Take your kids to Graveyard of Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Friday to learn more about 1894 wreck of the cargo ship Clythia and make a related craft.

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4. Discuss the short story “Dark in the Forest, Strange as Time” at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s first book club meeting Saturday in Asheville.

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5. Enjoy performances of George Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue” by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh and Chapel Hill throughout the weekend.

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6. Learn more about the unique history of President Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet during a lecture from renowned historian Ed Bearss Sunday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

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7. Take a family-friendly tour of the N.C. Museum of Art’s galleries and grounds Saturday and Sunday in Raleigh.

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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 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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Stop by the N.C. Museum of History Saturday to see artifacts from bluegrass legends on display and make a banjo of your own.

Toy banjo making in Raleigh, a drama depicting the Lincolns in Creswell and a boat building class 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.

The fun and learning start Thursday, when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a lunchtime talk on the Native Americans that called the Crystal Coast region home. Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the French drama Max et les Ferrailleurs as part of its fall film noir series and stay open late to let visitors explore the galleries at night with the smooth jazz stylings of the Oynx Club Boys in the background.

Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will help kids and families make a toy banjo to take home, while the N.C. Museum of Art offers a lecture exploring the genius of Vermeer across town. Elsewhere in Piedmont, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will open a traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

In the eastern part of the state, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will explore how World War II sailors coped with torpedo damage, while Historic Edenton offers another installment of its popular yoga classes on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn. In Hatteras, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will offer a day for prospective volunteers to see how they can help, while in Creswell, Somerset Place will present a drama depicting the last day of Abraham Lincoln’s life, including the opportunity for visitors to talk with re-enactors portraying Lincoln and his wife. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will teach visitors how to build a boat using old-school carpentry techniques, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City puts on a bonsai workshop and hosts a lecture on U-boat action off the Outer Banks during World War II.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History presents a concert featuring the eclectic sounds of Dark Water Rising and the N.C. Museum of Art offers free, family-friendly art-making activities and gallery games with its pop-up art cart.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts of music that captures the spirit and feel of Mexico in Raleigh.

Keep in mind, too, that next Tuesday is Veterans Day. Though most of our venues will be closed for the holiday, Tryon Palace in New Bern, the Battleship North Carolina inWilmington and the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will be open for family fun. Tryon Palace will offer a special salute to the men and women who have defended North Carolinathroughout history, while the N.C. Museum of Art will give free admission to its Small Treasures exhibition for veterans, active duty military members and their families.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

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2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.

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4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.

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5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

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6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.

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7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.

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8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.

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9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.

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10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

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Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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Tryon Palace will have interactive crafts for kids and living history tours
of the Hay House as part of its Fall Family Day Saturday

A bluegrass festival in Manteo, a day of family activities in New Bern and an afternoon of jazz music in Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Thursday when the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville comes alive with the smells and sounds of 19th century cooking. At the coast, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids create a sandcastle-themed craft and host a local artist for canvas-backed decoy painting demonstrations.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the postwar classic drama Ace in the Hole, starring the legendary Kirk Douglas, and stay open late for visitors to explore the galleries at night with the smooth jazz sounds of Fusion Collective South as a backdrop.

Saturday, living historians will be stationed throughout the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington to show what life was like aboard World War II’s most decorated ship, while the Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer interactive crafts for kids and special living history tours of the Hay House as part of its Fall Family Day. Tryon Palace will also be giving free admission to teachers, serving as a stop on the Kitchens of New Bern tour and hosting Revolutionary War historian Christian McBurney for a lecture and book signing Saturday.

Elsewhere at the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will celebrate National Estuaries Day with family activities and a trash clean-up of the Rachel Carson Reserve, while the Graveyard of Atlantic Museum will give a talk on whaling and invite members of the public to share their stories related to the industry. The Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will help teens and adults make a fun, fall-themed craft and open a new exhibit on the tradition of tea with a reception and princess tea party.

Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art will help families work together to create a piece of collage art after taking a short tour of one museum’s wonderful galleries. Five of our historic sites and museums around the state will be will be offering free admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine‘s Museum Day Live.

Things wrap Sunday with an afternoon of spirituals and jazz with noted vocalist Yolanda Hall at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and a concert of old-time stringband music by the Happy Valley Pals at the N.C. Museum of Art across town. The Museum of Albemarle will host local writer Majorie Ann Berry for a lecture and book signing focusing on Elizabeth City’s most famous residents.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of music from the Broadway hit West Side Story with scenes from the film as a backdrop in Raleigh, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will host the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival featuring Ricky Skaggs.

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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Happy first day of fall! Autumn is always an amazing time to get out there and explore all the unique outdoor and cultural destinations that the Tar Heel State has to offer.

To celebrate this year’s Fall Equinox, we thought we’d share seven activities we have on our fall bucket list that you should try, too:

1. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

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Thanks to this year’s great weather, the museum still has some outdoor concerts and movies left.

2. See how North Carolinians celebrated fall during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield.

3. Take in the breathtaking fall foliage 19th century-style at Vance Birthplace.

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 4. Sample a heritage heirloom apple at Horne Creek Farm.

Horne Creek is home to the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which preserves more than 400 varieties of old southern apples. Many of those varieties are on the brink of extinction. The Annual Cornshucking Frolic in October is a great excuse to visit.

5. Find your favorite North Carolina sounds at a fall music festival.

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We’re especially excited for the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo this weekend and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh next week.

6. Explore a different kind of fall beauty at Tryon Palace’s gardens.

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This weekend’s Family Day and Mumfest in October are two of the best times to visit.

7. Pick a pumpkin at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Harvest Festival.

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As you begin to explore all that North Carolina has to offer this season, be sure and tune into Visit North Carolina’s website and social media for fall foliage and fishing reports from the State Parks, and tag all your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #visitnc; we’ll be passing along some of our favorites.

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