Posts Tagged ‘Historic Preservation’

The kick off to a 166-mile commemorative walk in New Bern, a celebration of National Train Day complete with a bouncy house in Spencer and the chance to meet figures from North Carolina’s Civil War history in Raleigh 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 15 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Hear about New Bern during the Civil War and wish a re-enactor well as he sets off for a 166-mile walk across North Carolina from Tryon Palace Sunday.



2. Meet figures from North Carolina’s Civil War history when a period camp comes to life on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh Saturday.



3. Explore the often-overlooked World War II history of Kure Beach‘s Fort Fisher Saturday,when the site comes alive with period re-enactors and displays artifacts from the conflict.



4. Celebrate National Train Day Saturday with special train rides, tours, crafts and living history demonstrations at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.



5. Join Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo for a day of fun featuring face painting, blocks and bubbles, ice cream, art making and more Friday.



6. Remember the sacrifice made by British sailors off the coast of North Carolina at War Grave Ceremonies organized by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Thursday in Buxton and Friday in Oracoke.



7. Have tea and cakes after taking a special tour of the John Wright Stanly House to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.



8. Spend your Saturday celebrating historic preservation with the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh by talking with experts who have helped save North Carolina’s treasures and checking out the museum’s Rural Revival exhibition.



9. Learn how to weave a pine needle basket Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.



10. See the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by students from the UNC School of Arts with the music of the N.C. Symphony in the background Thursday inChapel Hill and Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.



11. Take a walk through the park at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday, and thenmake sketches of what you saw with your kids.



12. Hear about some of the ways commerce affects art during a talk Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.



13. Discover the history of music during the Civil War Saturday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.



14. Make a time capsule with your kids at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday.



15. Create your own Mother’s Day tour of N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Sunday by browsing some of the museum’s works related to motherhood.



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 chance to “meet” African American legislators from 1868 in Raleigh, a celebration of the life of Maya Angelou in Winston-Salem and a survey of jazz greats 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 10 suggestions to make the most of your time:

1. “Meet” a few members of North Carolina’s 1868 black caucus during a living history program at the State Capitol in Raleigh Saturday.
2. Spend Saturday night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the state’s best stargazing spots.
3. Honor the life of the legendary Maya Angelou with an evening of poetry and music Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
4. See a new exhibit of photographs that spotlight historic preservation efforts across the state, opening Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
5. Get a glimpse into the lives and artistic creations of some of North Carolina’s jazz greats and hear some of genre’s most popular tunes Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
6. Enjoy some of the best classical music by Russian composers at concerts by the N.C. Symphony in Chapel Hill and Raleigh throughout the weekend.
7. Take your kids to see interactive productions of West African fables at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday and Sunday.
8. Discover tools for learning about your family’s early African American ancestors at a genealogy workshop offered by the State Library Saturday in Raleigh.


9. Create a mixed-media canvas at the Museum of Albemarle Friday in Elizabeth City.
10. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday for a screening Now, Voyager, sometimes called the Greatest Generation’s version of Eat Pray Love.

11. Celebrate the 87th annual Academy Awards with a visit to the Starring North Carolina! exhibition at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

12. Learn about the often-overlooked history of early Spanish explorers in Appalachia during a lecture Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.


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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Sec. Kluttz and state Rep. Stephen Ross look on as Gov. Pat McCrory makes the announcement about his new historic preservation initiative

Since 1976, historic preservation incentives provided by the state and federal governments have helped bring in more $1.7 billion in private investment to the North Carolina and contributed to the preservation of our state’s rich historic character. A couple weeks back, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz joined Governor Pat McCrory as he announced a new plan to leverage historic preservation investments for economic growth.

Gov. McCrory’s approach is two-pronged. First, he proposes setting up a Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program in line with his Economic Development Board’s North Carolina Jobs Plan. The program will continue to include tax incentives to encourage investment in historic buildings and mills to strengthen local economies and bring jobs to towns and cities across the state. The Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program would be administered by the State Historic Preservation Office, one of DCR’s divisions.

Sec. Kluttz talks with a WBTV reporter about Gov. McCrory’s new historic preservation initiative

“I am so proud of Governor McCrory’s decision to promote the rehabilitation of historic buildings for proven economic development and job creation,” said Secretary Kluttz. “As a former mayor, he is extremely aware of the value of the re-use of empty and underused historic buildings and the positive impact their development has on communities, including saving fragile neighborhoods, revitalizing downtowns and improving public safety. This investment program is critical for rebuilding cities and towns in North Carolina and supporting the ‘Carolina Comeback’ that the governor has promised.”

The second part of the part of the governor’s approach is in an investment in the Main Street Solutions Fund, a matching grant program established in 2009 to rehabilitate buildings in smaller towns. Gov. McCrory said his budget will include $500,000 for that program. The Main Street Solutions Fund and the Historic Rehabilitation Investment Program strive to spur a renaissance in cities and towns reinventing themselves after the loss of long-time industries such as tobacco and manufacturing.

North Carolina is a leader in preserving its historic buildings and our programs have served as a model for investment programs in many other states.

Photos of the announcement and a roundup of some of the media coverage it garnered are both available online.

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Celebrate Ciinco de Mayo with the Museum of the Albemarle
Saturday in Elizabeth City

Two looks at history preservation in Raleigh, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Elizabeth City and performances of some of Mozart’s most popular music across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend gets off to a theatrical start Friday, when the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a dramatic production based on the real story of newly liberated slaves abandoned in Georgia during Gen. Sherman’s historic March to the Sea.

Saturday, discover how archaeologists, preservationists and curators work to save our state’s treasures at the N.C. Museum of History, and find out what it took to move a Civil War plantation several miles with a film screening of Moving Midway with a discussion after by the writer. In the west, motorcycles throughout history will be on display at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, while at the coast, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have food and craft vendors, dancing, cooking demonstrations, music and more to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the opening of its new Al Norte al Norte photo exhibit.

Sunday will bring another exhibit opening, this one at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The exhibit focuses on the theme of motherhood in items from the museum’s permanent collection. Later in the day, the Museum of the Albemarle will take a fictionalized look at Elizabeth City as it hosts renowned local author William Dunstan for a fascinating lecture and book signing.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present productions of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on the Poe House back lawn, while the N.C. Symphony will play crowd favorites by Stauss and Mozart in Southern Pines, Raleigh, Wilmington and New Bern.

This weekend is also a great time to check out our traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship, currently on display at Aycock Birthplace in Fremont, and the Face to Face Civil War exhibit at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you’d like to receive our weekend event roundups in your email, you can sign up on our website.

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Salisbury Rotary Club“Mayor. Pat. I want you to be my secretary of cultural resources.”

That’s how Sec. Susan Kluttz was asked to lead the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources by Gov. Pat McCrory more than year ago, and in a speech to the Salisbury Rotary Club earlier this month, the Secretary emphasized how her 14-year term as mayor of that city inspires her work today.

Among the many lessons she learned in Salisbury, Sec. Kluttz cited the importance of assembling a good team around her and the difference face-to-face communication—even with detractors—can make. She also noted how her years in Salisbury gave her concrete examples of the importance the arts, libraries, museums and historic preservation was to economic development, beyond being just “fluff.” She specifically mentioned using the arts for gang prevention activities, partnering with Rowan County Library to promote reading and leveraging historic preservation tax credits to spur millions of dollars in development and revitalization downtown.

Though the year has been a whirlwind, she still gets up excited to come to work for the people of North Carolina each day.

“What an extraordinary year this has been,” she said in her speech. “And what a wonderful opportunity I have had to work for a governor I respect and admire and believe in … to take the message from Salisbury that arts, libraries and historic preservation translate into making the state an even better place, just like it has in Salisbury.”

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Reconstructing Tryon Palace

All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women’s history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state’s past.

Restoring North Carolina’s eighteenth-century capitol, “Tryon’s Palace,” was a daunting prospect in 1929 to all but a small network of visionary ladies, each with ties to the state’s cultural and historic societies.

These influential women included Gertrude S. Carraway and Minette Chapman Duffy of New Bern, Maude Moore Latham and May Gordon Kellenberger of Greensboro, Kate B. Reynolds of Winston-Salem and Ruth Coltrane Cannon of Concord. Together, they worked tirelessly for the next 30 years to make the dream of a reconstructed Tryon Palace a reality. To ensure success, these ladies collaborated with governors, local officials, museum directors, restoration specialists and the public.

The path to gaining and excavating the Palace’s complete site included moving a major highway and bridge, acquiring the one surviving colonial building, and relocating a neighborhood. Mrs. Latham and Mrs. Kellenberger further aided the cause with financial aid for constructing, landscaping and furnishing much of the Palace. These aims were achieved at a time when a woman’s right to vote was fairly new, but other advances in equal rights were yet to come.

Now open for more than 50 years and welcoming nearly 175,000 visitors annually, Tryon Palace owes its very being to these determined dreamers.

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Hannah Southern, an intern with the State Historic Preservation Office, is a sophomore at Grinnell College, studying biology and art history. This summer she is working primarily with National Register nominations.

As I sort through mounds of documents, it’s easy to forget what I’m doing. The forms seem exactly the same, the names run together, photographs look identical. I’ll start thinking about lunchtime or why the Department of Cultural Resources building always needs to feel like an igloo. I sort and scan, completely unaware of the papers I’m holding in my hands. And then it’ll hit me.  A familiar name, the hometown of a close friend, a place I’ve visited, or just an interesting old photo, and I’m jerked back to the present– I’m preserving years of history, making it available for everyone to see.

There are 2,777 National Register listed historic places inNorth Carolina. Before I started working, only around 300 of the National Regisiter nomination documents from those 2,777 places had been digitalized and posted online. If anyone wanted to view a nomination or do research, they had to come to the Department of Cultural Resources to view the original document. This is where I fit in.

My job is to scan and transform all of those original National Register nominations, along with photos and maps, and turn them into PDF files to be posted online. The goal is to eventually have all of the National Register nominations scanned and accessible to the public in an online database.

Already, we have scanned a majority of North Carolina’s approximately 500 historic districts. Historic districts include residential neighborhoods, commercial districts, rural farming districts, industrial districts, archaeological districts, mill villages, and more– larger areas with more than one historical building. The National Park Service estimates that more than 66,000 historic resources inNorth Carolina are listed in the National Register as contributing properties within districts or as individually listed properties. Now, we are slowly but surely working our way alphabetically through the counties, scanning the individual nominations. We will have a little over 1,000 nominations posted by next week.

Though scanning documents all day does get monotonous at times, each day I am surprised by the nominations and the people behind them. The most memorable nomination I’ve scanned wasn’t the Biltmore Estate or any other well-known building, it was the Saluda Main Street Historic District which lies in the small town of Saluda in Polk county. As I looked through the file, I found handwritten letter after letter, all from citizens of Saluda supporting the National Register listing. The most touching were the letters from the students at the Saluda school, written in the large handwriting and poor spelling of young students, which spoke of their love for their home and their desire to preserve the historic elements of the town. In a world that is constantly upgrading, it is wonderful to see that the younger generation takes pride in their heritage and expresses a want to preserve it.

Scanning these documents not only makes it easier and faster to search through North Carolina’s National Register listed places, but it also preserves these one-of-a-kind documents so they can be viewed for years to come. Creating digital copies of these documents opens the door for a broader range of people to access and research these important, historic places.

To view the GIS map of NC, visit http://gis.ncdcr.gov/hpoweb/

To view the digitialized nominations, visit http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/NR-PDFs.pdf

To learn more about North Carolina National Register places, visit http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/nrfacts.htm

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