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Halifax Group Shot

Historic Halifax is famous for issuing one of America’s first cries for freedom from England, and now Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz is working with local and state partners to help translate that revolutionary spirit into economic development.

To try to get that process started, the secretary and several other members of the DCR team participated in a brainstorming session organized by state Sen. Angela Bryant. The session was designed to see how everyone involved in the area could work together to use cultural resources to help revitalize downtown Halifax and spur economic opportunity in the area, as has been done in many other North Carolina towns and cites.

Sec. Kluttz and state Sen. Angela Bryant at Historic Halifax

In addition to the DCR team, officials from the North Carolina Main Street Program; the Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development;  the Halifax County Convention and Visitors Bureau; as well as other partners, participated.

At the beginning of the day, all of the participants toured the site, which includes historic buildings and the oldest continuously operating Masonic Lodge in the nation. The group walked to Halifax’s business district, looked over an amphitheater that the state is giving to the county for rehabilitation and heard from Michelle Lanier, the director of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission (part of the N.C. Arts Council), on the site’s part in the freedom seeking (or underground railroad) trails.

Historic Halifax celebrates the legacy of the Halifax Resolves. The adoption of the Resolves on April 12, 1776, was the first official action by an entire colony calling for independence from England, and you can relive that momentous occasion this weekend when the site hosts its annual living history program. It will inspire you.

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A Civil War encampment will take over of the lawn of the State Capitol Saturday. Come out and see what Raleigh was like under Union occupation in 1865!

A view of Raleigh’s Union occupation during the Civil War at the State Capitol, a fierce battle between Cherokee warriors and frontier soldiers at Fort Dobbs and the opening of a new exhibition of Mexican American art at the N.C. Museum of Art are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when staff at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s galleries and the sights and at the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, enjoy the sights and smells of 19th century cooking in the air during tantalizing cooking demonstrations. On the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host an informal, lunchtime chat all about bottlenose dolphins, while the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will teach kids about the history of kites and help them make their own kite-themed decoration.

Friday, conservators at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer advice on how to care for your treasured possessions, while explorers (age 6-10) can experience what it was like to be Mr. Hay’s apprentice in the 1800s during a hands-on program at Tryon Palace in New Bern and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a hike across the pristine Rachel Carson Reserve, known for its diverse coastal habitats. At the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, visitors can explore the galleries at night against the backdrop of live music, explore images of Mary in the museum’s permenant collection with a knowledgeable docent or join the museum for a high-energy party celebrating the opening of the Estampas de la raza exhibition.

Saturday will bring something for everyone with 13 different programs across the state. In the west, visitors can climb aboard antique tractors and other farm equipment or take a short train trip with the Easter Bunny at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will celebrate Slow Art Day with classic cartoons and crafts for the entire family, while Cherokee warriors will clash with frontier militia during a living history program at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

In the central part of the state, dancers, a singer and a guitarist will explain flamenco through their performances at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, while a Civil War-era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 Union occupation of the State Capitol across the street. Elsewhere in Raleigh, the State Library will providetips on researching African American ancestors, while the N.C. Museum of Art will presentart-making workshops, musical performances and more to celebrate the opening of theEstampas de la raza exhibition, chronicling contemporary Mexican American and Latino artists.

In the east, Historic Halifax will celebrate the 238th anniversary of America’s first call for freedom with historic weapons demonstrations, a Brunswick stew cook-off and special tours, while Historic Bath will participate in a town-wide home and garden tour. More than 40 Tarheel potters will be displaying their wares at Tryon Palace in New Bern, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will offer candle dipping, colonial games, pirate flag painting and more as part of its annual Girl Scout day.

A concert by Lebanese musicians Naji Hilal, Basil Samara and Christopher Saleh Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes out the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, free garden admission and a heritage plant sale will be offered as part of Tryon Palace’s Garden Lovers’ Weekend in New Bern, and the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts with Broadway legend Patti LuPone in Raleigh. This weekend is also your first chance to check out a new exhibition of Mexican-American art at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com. Enjoy a fun North Carolina weekend!

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The State Seal in the governor's office

The State Seal in the governor’s office

Minutes before Pat McCrory is publicly sworn in as governor in the Old Senate Chamber on Saturday, a lesser-known transfer-of-power ceremony will take place. The ceremony centers around the Great Seal of the State, which symbolizes the change in authority from one governor to the next. The seal is kept by State Archives but generally remains in the governor’s office at the State Capitol.

The ceremony is actually quite simple. Outgoing Governor Beverly Perdue will read an oath to Governor-Elect McCrory, which he will then repeat. McCrory will then make an impression of the seal on a piece of paper and deposit it into his official papers, which are also maintained by the State Archives. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Chief Justice Sarah Parker will stand by as witnesses as will any others McCrory chooses to invite.

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina has its origins in the colonial era and officially became the responsibility of the governor under the state constitution of 1776. Since that time, its design underwent major changes in 1974, 1835, 1893 and 1971. A minor change—commemorating the date of the Halifax Resolves—was also made in 1983. You can check out the evolution of the seal’s design from 1665 to present in the diagram above from the N.C. Museum of History.

Changes to the State Seal. Click for the full size.

Changes to the State Seal. Click on the image to see it in its the full size.

Cultural Resources has some other great resources related to the seal and gubernatorial inaugurations, including:

For more on this year’s inauguration, check out the official 2013 Inauguration website.

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