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A family festival all about paleontology in Raleigh, a military timeline in Statesville and a look at the Nazi POWs in North Carolina 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 Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 12 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Experience PaleoPalooza, the nation’s largest event dedicated to paleontology, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Watch and discuss the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.

 

 

3. Meet interpreters portraying soldiers from throughout North Carolina’s storied military history Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

4. Get your groove on with jazz musicians Bill Myers and Dick Knight at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Sunday as they perform parts of songs they recorded with James Brown.

 

 

5. Learn about the more than 10,000 German prisoners of war who were interned in North Carolina during World War II during a lively lecture and presentation at Tryon Palace in New Bern on Sunday.

 

 

6. Express your creativity and make art with artists featured in the Point and Counterpoint exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

7. Spend an evening under the stars with educators from the Morehead Planetarium on Saturday at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex.

 

 

8. Enjoy a concert of popular pieces of light classical music performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Raleigh or Saturday in Southern Pines.

 

 

9. Honor the freedom seekers who traveled along the Underground Railroad with food, music, art and historic interpretation Saturday in Halifax.

 

 

10. Explore The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh during special interactive tours for families Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

11. Hike through the fall foliage and learn about the science behind this natural phenomenon Saturday at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area in Wake Forest.

 

 

12. Learn how to care for your family’s precious objects Friday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A new exhibit on “North Carolina’s favorite son” in Raleigh, a living history birthday celebration for our nation’s 11th president in Pineville and a fall festival in Kings Mountain are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 things our weekend to-do list:

1. Discover how the son of a Charlotte dairy farmer became a worldwide ambassador of the Gospel at North Carolina’s Favorite Son, a new exhibit exploring the life of Billy Graham, opening Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

2. See what childhood life was like for the 11th president of the United States Saturday during a living history celebration at the President James K. Polk Memorial in Pineville.

 

 

3. Explore the history behind one of our state’s most famous shipwrecks Thursday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

 

 

4. Get tips and tricks for jumpstarting your genealogy project during Ancestry Day hosted by the State Archives and State Library Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 


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Celebrate fall at Crowders Mountain State Park in Kings Mountain Saturday with music, food and the chance to meet live animals.

 

 

6. Meet a National Geographic explorer and learn about the fight to save the fossa, Madagascar’s top predator, from extinction during a lecture Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Hear the story of the final surrender of the Civil War during a lecture Friday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

8. Enjoy concerts of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Talk with the scientists and historians who have been doing archaeological work at House in the Horseshoe in Sanford Saturday, and enjoy a range of related activities for the whole family.

 

 

10. Listen to author Tom Patterson read from his new memoir, MADE in the SHADE: Cultural Adventures of a Fledgling Writer, Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

 

 

11. Sample local beers while watching the documentary “Brewconomy” on North Carolina beers Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

12. Take your kids to Mayo River State Park in Mayodan Saturday to become a junior ranger.

 

 

 

 

14. Feast your eyes on food-related works of art during family-friendly tours of the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A pirate-themed living history program in Bath, an in-depth look at the Tar Heel State in World War I in New Bern and one of the largest craft fairs in the country in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are eight ideas for weekend fun across North Carolina:

1.Explore Historic Bath‘s connection to Blackbeard and other pirates Saturday during Pirates in the Port, a living history program.

 

 

2. Discover the stories and images of World War I through artifacts, photos, reenactors and exhibits during a World War I Weekend at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

3. See some of the traditional and contemporary crafts produced by Appalachian artists at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands throughout the weekend in Asheville.

 

 

4. Watch the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday to celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s new book.

 

 

5. Enjoy a screening of the acclaimed 1956 thriller The Killing at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem Thursday.

 

 

6. Taste delicious crab cakes made by four volunteer guest chefs and vote on your favorite at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s annual crab cake cook-off Friday.

 

 

7. Experience the unique sound of the Punch Brothers during an outdoor concert Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

8. See one of four performance of Shakespeare’s The Temptest staged throughout the weekend at the Museum of the Cape Fear 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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A celebration of Tar Heel food in Durham, a birthday bash for a pioneering archaeologist in Mount Gilead and a traditional sailboat race in Beaufort are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 10 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Celebrate North Carolina’s food history and culture with a BBQ cook-off, mock Tobacco Queen pageant, pie competition and more Saturday at Duke Homestead in Durham.

 

 

2. Play games that were popular during the 1800s Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

3. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for games, kids’ activities and living history demonstrations in celebration of the birthday of one of North Carolina’s pioneering archaeologists.

 

 

4. See a race of traditionally-rigged sailboats Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort that will recall the historic voyages that carried the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks.

 

 

5. Discover how plants have historically been used for medicine and hygiene Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and take home recipes to keep yourself and your home fresh throughout the summer.

 

 

6. Learn the story of the long leaf pine’s near-extinction and the effort to revive it in the Lower Cape Fear region Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

7. Watch the family favorite How to Train Your Dragon 2 under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

8. Break out your sunglasses and flip-flops and enjoy a day filled with beach-themed activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Thursday.

 

 

9. Enjoy a vibrant concert of jazz tunes by the N.C. Symphony and the Hot Sardines Thursday in Cary.

 

 

10. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

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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An annual celebration of wooden boats in Beaufort, a film festival in Raleigh and vintage motorcycles on display in Spencer 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 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort for displays of historic vessels, educational activities and boatbuilding displays as part of its 41st Annual Wooden Boat Show throughout the weekend.

 

 

2. Experience stories of the Tar Heel State’s past and present as told through film Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History’s inaugural Longleaf Film Festival Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

3. Delve into the stories of the women of Hatteras Island Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as part of the Hatteras Storytelling Festival.

 

 

4. Hear about the history behind Civil War monuments Saturday at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

5. Learn how you can use online resources for genealogical research Saturday at the State Library in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in WilmingtonSouthern Pines, New Bern and Raleigh.

 

 

7. Ride into the past at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

8.  Take a musical journey through North Carolina’s sights, sounds and culture Sunday during a concert at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Explore the connections between modern and contemporary art during a panel discussion at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

10. Celebrate the first Friday of May with half off admission to N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit 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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A look at the science of pirates in Greenville, re-enactments commemorating the largest surrender of the Civil War in Durham and an afternoon of living history activities near Sanford are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 11 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Touch a cannon that was once mounted on Blackbeard’s flagship and learn about the science of pirates Saturday at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville.

 

 

2. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War throughout the weekend at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

3. Celebrate the culture of southern Appalachia Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum’s Pioneer Day in Old Fort, featuring craft demonstrations, music, food and Civil War re-enactors.

 

 

4. Spend your Saturday afternoon at “Retreat,” now known as House in the Horseshoe near Sanford, and experience artillery and musket firings, pottery making and 18th century toys and games.

 

 

5. Hear some of the state and county’s best musical acts perform “traditional plus” music throughout the weekend at MerleFest in Wilkesboro.

 

 

6. Honor the anniversary of George Washington’s visit to Tryon Palace with a colonial ball,dinner with President Washington and other activities throughout the weekend in New Bern.

 

 

7. See groundbreaking new films selected as noteworthy by the RiverRun International Film Festival throughout the weekend at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. Check out Zoosphere, a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art that explores humans’ effect on the environment through video, when it opens Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Kayak through local history Saturday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

10. Join the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia Saturday for a community discussion of the connections between Dr. Brown’s work and the Freedom Riders.

 

 

11. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Chapel Hill and 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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Artifacts from Bull Durham in the N.C. Museum of History's Starring North Carolina! exhibition.

Artifacts from Bull Durham in the N.C. Museum of History’s
Starring North Carolina! exhibition.

If you’ve lived in North Carolina for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about the Old North State’s rich tradition of film production.  From a 1921 film on the fate of the Lost Colony to The Longest Ride, based on a Nicholas Sparks movie and set to release later this year, film and television production in the Old North State is as old the two mediums themselves.

With all the excitement around this weekend’s Academy Awards, we got curious and took a tour of the N.C. Museum of History’s fantastic Starring North Carolina! exhibition to explore North Carolina’s connections to the film industry’s highest honor.

Here are 10 movies with ties to the Tar Heel State that have gained recognition at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual awards:

  1. Mogambo, though filmed almost exclusively internationally, earned Johnston County native Ava Gardner the only Academy Award nomination of her career.
  1. Filmed mostly in Georgia and South Carolina, scenes from 1972’s Deliverance were shot in Sylva. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including best picture.
Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner, a native of Johnston County, visit Gardner's mother in Raleigh in 1942

Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner, a native of
Johnston County, visit Gardner’s mother in Raleigh
in 1942. Image from the State Archives.

  1. The Color Purple, from 1985, was nominated for best picture and 10 other Oscars but failed to win any. It was shot in Anson, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union Counties.
  1. David Lynch was nominated for Best Director for his 1986 crime drama Blue Velvet, which was shot in Wilmington and Lumberton.
  1. Crimes of the Heart, filmed in Caswell Beach, Southport, Wilmington and Winnabow garnered three Academy Award nominations. The 1986 movie’s “Botrelle Mansion” is in fact Orton Planation in Brunswick County.
  1. Though set in upstate New York, 1987’s Dirty Dancing was filmed mostly in Asheville and Buncombe Counties. The film won the Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Song.
  1. 1988’s Bull Durham, was filmed in Burlington, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilson and, of course, Durham.
  1. The Fugitive, from 1993, was nominated for best picture and earned Tommy Lee Jones the Best Supporting Actor award. Though mostly set in Chicago, scenes from the film were shot in Graham and Jackson Counties.
  1. Scenes from the American classic Forrest Gump were filmed at Biltmore Estate and Grandfather Mountain. The now legendary movie won six Oscars in 1995, including best picture, and was nominated for seven others.
  1. Nominated for best picture and three other awards in 1999, scenes from The Green Mile were filmed in Watauga County. In fact, Blowing Rock’s Flat Top Manor was used for the nursing home from which Tom Hanks narrates most of the story.
The television show Sleepy Hollow films at Tryon Palace in New Bern  in 2013.

The television show Sleepy Hollow films
at Tryon Palace in New Bern in 2013.

All of these ten films and dozens of others are featured or profiled in the Starring North Carolina! exhibition. Its 8,000-foot space showcases hundreds of film- and television-related items from the 1900s to the present and explores how North Carolinians’ experience at the movies changed over time.

Some of the most popular artifacts in the exhibition include Leonardo’s mask from the 1990 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a costume worn by Jennifer Lawrence, who portrayed “Katniss” in the 2012 movie The Hunger Games and Ricky Bobby’s No. 26 Wonder Bread race car from the 2006 movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,

Tickets to Starring North Carolina! are available online and at the N.C. Museum of History’s gift shop. Stop by and see us this Oscar weekend.

Check out the N.C. Museum of History’s A Place and Time blog for more highlights from the museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs and people, and for features on the history of the Tar Heel State.

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