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The arts are the reason why our communities are robust and our cities are vibrant. That was the message Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz delivered to arts advocates when she met with them in May.

The secretary’s speech was part of Arts Day 2014, a two-day conference and legislative action session organized by Arts North Carolina, a statewide group that advocates the importance of arts. In her speech, Secretary Kluttz shared how she personally witnessed the inherent and economic value of the arts in Salisbury every day when she served as mayor for 16 years.

She urged arts boosters to remember the educational and economic value of arts as they talked with legislators about their programs, and to be proud that work by arts organizations reach reaches all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. That’s something that we should all celebrate, she said.

Governor Pat McCrory spoke to the arts advocates through a recorded video message that is now available online. For more on Arts North Carolina, please visit the organization’s website.

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From left to right, Tryon Palace director Philippe Lafargue; Sec. Susan Kluttz; state Reps. Bert Jones, Stephen Ross and Michael Speciale; state Sen. Ron Rabin; and state Reps. Larry Pittman, Pat Hurley and Michele Presnell

From left to right, Tryon Palace director Philippe Lafargue; Sec. Susan Kluttz;
state Reps. Bert Jones, Stephen Ross and Michael Speciale; state Sen. Ron Rabin;
and state Reps. Larry Pittman, Pat Hurley and Michele Presnell

Tryon Palace was again in the spotlight last month as Gov. Pat McCrory, Sec. Susan Kluttz and site interim director Philippe Lafargue hosted a number of legislators in New Bern last month.

The legislators took tours of the Palace and the N.C. History Center, which includes Tryon Palace’s Regional History Museum focusing on the heritage of the Pamlico Sound area and the innovative Pepsi Family Center, which makes history accessible to younger children.

At a reception for the legislators hosted in History Center, the governor emphasized the importance of both history broadly and Tryon Palace specifically to our state’s culture and economy, pointing out that he visited Tryon Palace on his first trip outside of Raleigh as governor.

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The Legislative Building under construction circa 1960-1963. Image from the N.C. Museum of History's collection

The Legislative Building under construction circa 1960-1963. Image from the N.C. Museum of History‘s collection

In just a few weeks we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Legislative Building on Jones Street in downtown Raleigh. The General Assembly moved into that building for the 1963 session after meeting in the State Capitol on Union Square since 1840.

In celebration of the anniversary, the N.C. Museum of History has designed an ornament of the building. Since 1983, the Museum of History has released a new ornament annually as part of a series. The series focuses on North Carolina state buildings, symbols and geographical locations. Past ornaments have depicted the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Flyer, Elizabeth II and other state landmarks.

This year's ornament of the Legislative Building

This year’s ornament of the Legislative Building

The Department of Cultural Resources has a number of other resources related to the history of the Legislative Building and the General Assembly more broadly, including:

For more information on the Legislative Building, visit the website of the General Assembly.

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