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A evening of holiday family fun in Raleigh, a stroll through the holidays of yesteryear in Halifax and a grand Candlelight Christmas celebration 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 Cultural Resources.

Here are five suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Say hi to Santa Friday in Raleigh, where he’ll be on hand for the N.C. Museum of Art’s Holiday Family Fun Friday, which will also include games, art making and live entertainment.

2. Meet military re-enactors from throughout history; see fire eating, magic and dance performances; and marvel at historic homes adorned with 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century decorations as part of Tryon Palace’s Candlelight Christmas celebration Saturday in New Bern.
3. Take a holiday stroll through Halifax Saturday with an interpreter from Historic Halifax.
4. Join the N.C. Symphony as they play concerts with the “little orchestra” Pink Martini throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

5. Learn about how lightships and light towers were used to illuminate areas where lighthouses couldn’t be built Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort

6. See artifacts from the Civil War collected by the son of the Civil War veteran (who’s still alive!), and watch a film on the search from freedom in North Carolina Thursday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

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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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The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art 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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See booty from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, like this cannon, at the
Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab open house Saturday in Greenville.

The debut of an exhibit on film in Raleigh, a Civil War weekend in New Bern and a glimpse into the conservation of booty recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun starts Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort tells the story behind the 33-foot sperm whale skeleton that hangs in its main gallery, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras shows a maritime-themed movie and helps kids create a related craft. In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will offer a hands-on kids program focusing on the different kinds of teapots, and in Raleigh, staff at the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and parents explore people in art together.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1940s thriller Secret beyond the Door andkeep its galleries open late for visitors to explore after dark, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will give kids the chance to see what life was like for a royal governor’s cook in the 18th century.

Greenville‘s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab will open its doors Saturday for the public to see the conservation of artifacts recovered Blackbeard’s flagship first hand, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers bike tours of its hometown. In Pineville, the President James K. Polk Historic Site will celebrate its namesake’s birthday with historic cooking demonstrations, children’s games and a birthday cake, while Historic Halifax willoffer a historical holiday decorations workshop. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will also debut its Starring North Carolina! exhibit Saturday. The landmark exhibit features artifacts, images and video from films and television shows produced in the Tar Heel State.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert by internationally-renowned pianist Peter Toth at the N.C. Museum of Art.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will put on a military timeline programwhere visitors can meet soldiers from across American history, while Tryon Palace will have interactive discussions, Civil War-themed tours and a living history encampment as part of its Civil War weekend. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts featuring Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos in Raleigh, Southern Pines, Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

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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Try your hand at candle making Saturday at Brunswick Town/
Fort Anderson’s Colonial Day

Pumpkin catapulting in Mount Gilead, a beer bar and magicians in Raleigh and a colonial port brought to life in Winnabow are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off Thursday, with a celebration of Civil War music by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh complete with re-enactors and artifacts from the conflict.

The fun continues Friday in Raleigh when the N.C. Museum of History will invite kids to trick-or-treat through The Story of North Carolina exhibit and the N.C. Museum of Art spotlights one of the spookier items from its collection. NCMA will also offer performances by a magician and a screening of and the 1940s film noir I Wake Up Screaming.

At the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will present dramatic performances of mysterious tales from around the region, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have Halloween-themed crafts, treats and a movie to celebrate the spooky day.

Saturday, Winnabow‘s Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will come alive as it was in the 18th century with period militia drills and crafts, while the Museum of the Albemarle will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the N.C. Cooperative Extension with interactive displays and a round table discussion.

In the central part of the state, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will catapult pumpkins through the air to help support the Boy Scots, and Historic Halifax will host a community yard sale. In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will host an afternoon of art making, dance performances and tours for families and the N.C. Symphony will kick off its kids series with a concert of spooky tunes from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with guided tours of the Small Treasures exhibit and a concert of music by French masters at the N.C. Museum of Art.

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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Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

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2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.

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4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.

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5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

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6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.

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7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.

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8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.

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9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.

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10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

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Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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Secretary Kluttz learns about operating the printing press at Historic Halifax

Secretary Kluttz learns about operating the printing press at Historic Halifax from Assistant Site Manager Carl Burke

Hundreds of well-wishers looked on as 30 immigrants from 23 countries officially became American citizens at the State Capitol this Fourth of July, and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz was proud to be there to help officiate.

After the Oath of Allegiance was administered and America welcomed its 30 newest citizens, a military-style band played, kicking off a day of revelry that included musical performances, historical and military displays, carriage rides, face painting and hands-on activities for kids.

Secretary Kluttz and Deputy Secretary for Archives and History Kevin Cherry enjoy the Fourth of July festivities at the State Capitol

Soon back on the road, the Secretary had another Independence Day celebration to attend at Historic Halifax. In Halifax, Secretary Kluttz toured the site with Assistant Site Manager Carl Burke before working a hand-operated printing press.

Though the Secretary had been to Halifax before for a session with a number of organizations and state Sen. Angela Bryant on how to leverage the the area’s rich history for economic development, she hadn’t yet seen the impressive Montfort Archaeology Exhibit, which combines panel exhibits with walkways over archaeological excavations around the foundations of a home which demonstrates what life was like for a wealth early resident of Halifax.

The day rounded out with more fun Fourth of July activities, including food and fireworks. In short, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry were excited to spend Independence Day in the town where independence from Great Britain was first called for by a state assembly.

WRAL did a great story on the ceremony at the Capitol, and photos from the entire event are available on the Capitol’s Flickr site.

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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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