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Secretary Kluttz and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard inside at the Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza festival

Secretary Kluttz and N.C. Museum of History Director Ken Howard
inside at the Cedars in the Pines on the Plaza festival

When you think of immigrants to North Carolina, you might think of the Scotch-Irish in the Sandhills, the Swiss around New Bern or the Moravians in the Triad. Chances are the Lebanese might not be near the top of your list. But earlier this month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz got a taste (literally!) of the deep roots of the Lebanese community in North Carolina at the N.C. Museum of History’s Cedars in Pines on the Plaza festival.

The event celebrated the long legacy of the Lebanese in Tar Heel State. The Cedar in the Pines exhibit that the event is tied to explores how the group has changed and been changed by North Carolina since its members began to arrive here around 1880.

While at the festival, the Secretary sampled some the finest local Lebanese food and watched displays of Lebanese-American music and dance. Crafts, henna hand painting, Arabic calligraphy, a scavenger hunt were some of the activities that  rounded out the day.

If you missed the festival, have no fear! The exhibit will  go on view at Tryon Palace in New Bern between September 12 and December 14.

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Military demonstrations will be just part of the fun at the Museum of Albermarle's Civil War living history Saturday

Military demonstrations will be just part of the fun at the Museum of Albermarle’s Civil War living history program Saturday

A traditional music performance, a Civil War living history program and a sampling of stories from the Underground Railroad are just a few of the fun and educational programs you’ll find this weekend at our historic sites and museums.

The weekend kicks off Friday with a kids program that focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

Saturday will bring two major events that focus on the Civil War era. The Museum of Albemarle will host a living history day complete with cannon fire, while Historic Edenton and several other partners will put on a tribute to Harriet Jacobs and the Emancipation Proclamation. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will also present stories from the Underground Railroad performed live, while participants can learn the ancient art of basket weaving at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer an African American-themed tour of its exhibits and give visitors the chance to see folk stories performed live, while the State Archives and State Library will offer a workshop on how to explore one’s Revolutionary War ancestry.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with an opportunity to meet published authors at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, a celebration of African American arts and culture at the Museum of Albemarle and a traditional music performance at the N.C. Museum of History.

The N.C. Symphony will also present Sibelius’ Second Symphony throughout the weekend, with a concert in Chapel Hill on Thursday and two in Raleigh on Friday and Saturday.

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