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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.



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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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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It’s the first day of spring and we’re excited! It’s been a pretty rough winter across the Tar Heel State, and if you’re feeling as stir crazy as we are, you’re ready to get out there and celebrate the coming of the warmer weather with all of the best that North Carolina has to offer.

Here’s what’s on our spring bucket list. What’s on yours?

nctm-spring-list1. Jump on board the Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

No one signals the arrival of spring quite like the Easter Bunny. And during the next couple of weeks, he’ll be offering special train rides at the N.C. Transportation Museum that your kids won’t want to miss. In addition to train rides, your family can also have breakfast with the big bunny and go on an Easter egg hunt at the museum on select days.


This free online course from the State Library and Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest will introduce beginners to the basics of the family history research, while offering pros a chance to take part in the teaching process and share their love for family history with others. Spring is a great time for a new project, make genealogy yours!


bville-spring-list3. Experience a Civil War living history program.

North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment will take place this weekend at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, but the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of Civil War won’t stop there. We have a number of programs planned through the rest of the season.


tryon-spring-list4. Visit the beautiful gardens at Tryon Palace.

The gardens at Tryon Palace represent the wide array of landscapes you’d see on larger estates during the 18th and 19th centuries. From the grandeur of the formal Maude Moore Latham Garden to the natural Wilderness Garden and the practical Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to explore.


library-b-spring-list5. Explore past issues of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

In print since 1937, Wildlife in North Carolina is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The magazine features a stunning collection of nature photography perfect for the season, and thanks to the hard the work of the State Library, you can read more than 700 issues online for free.


science-spring-list6. See the science behind some of state’s most fascinating history.

From an overview of the engineering that makes Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs work to a look at the cutting edge technology used to conserve artifacts from the wreck of the Blackbeard’s flagship, several of our historic sites, museums and other venues are teaming up with the N.C. Science Festival this April to show you the interesting intersections of history and science.


arts-spring-list7. Try out a new North Carolina arts experience.

From annual music festivals like MerleFest and Moogfest to the start of the run of the many of North Carolina’s outdoor dramas, there are so many great experiences across the Tar Heel State in the springtime. Check out the N.C. Arts Council’s cultural trails for some inspiration.


ncma-spring-list8. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

If you saw our fall bucket list, you probably know that we recommended the park then, too. But the truth is that there’s really no bad to time to visit this 160-acre Raleigh gem. As part of its inaugural Art in Bloom festival this weekend, the museum will be offering several great programs, both inside and out.

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Fall train excursions, untold stories of the Civil War and a brief history of chocolate are just a few of the fun events that you’ll find this weekend at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off tomorrow night at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem with the screening of a documentary on famed artist William Kentridge’s artistic philosophy and creative process.

Explore the Greek gods in sculpture Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art

The focus on the arts will continue Friday, when the N.C. Art Museum in Raleigh shows This Gun for Hire as part of its “Femme Fatale” movie series and presents gallery tours that explore how the Greek gods and goddesses are portrayed in stone.

Saturday morning, discover how you can record and preserve your family’s history through oral histories at a workshop hosted by the State Library and State Archives in Raleigh, or have lunch while listening to a lecture about the work of the work of Edvard Munch at the N.C. Museum of Art across town. Throughout the day, the President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville will celebrate our 11th president’s birthday by recreating life as it was in 1795, while Tryon Palace will put on programs about the history of chocolate and alcohol in America.

Round your weekend out Sunday by spending the day on a train ride to Georgia and back with the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, or listening to alternative histories of several famous Civil War battles at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

All weekend long, the N.C. Symphony will present a concert of Hayden and Mahler in Raleigh and Wilmington, while Tryon Palace will host performances of the Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage.

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I am just back from a trip to Scotland.  It was a dream vacation for me—a return to the land of my forefathers, so to speak.  My grandmother’s family tree was bursting with “Mc’s.”  The photo that I share is appropriate to my blog—it is of me and my son at the Clava Cairns, a site with prehistoric burial cairns and standing stones near Inverness.

The Clava Cairns near Inverness are truly a step back in time.

But, after visiting castles, battlefields, and lochs, I was having a hard time concentrating on a North Carolina travel topic.  And, then I thought of North Carolina’s own rich Scottish heritage.  Many Scottish emigrants, Highland, Lowland, and Ulster (Scots-Irish), have made an impact on our state.

One of Scotland’s most beloved heroines, Flora MacDonald, lived in North Carolina for awhile. There is no shortage of reminders of the Scottish influence in North Carolina:  place names, pipe and drum bands, highland games, and heritage societies.  The Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville interprets that area’s strong Scottish history.  The Scottish Tartans Museum in Highlands showcases the history of Scottish tartans and Highland clothing.

A great way to get a taste of Scotland without having to take a trans-Atlantic flight is to check out some of the Highland games that occur around North Carolina throughout the year.  Among the events are the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the Triad Highland Games, the Rural Hill Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games, and the Scotland County Highland Games.

I will be back to reality next week with more North Carolina history—posts will become more occasional, focusing on special events and happenings—as the summer travel season comes to a close.

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