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An old fashioned day in Albemarle, concerts of the music of Harry Potter in New Bern and Raleigh and celebrations of Halloween across the state 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 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Celebrate Halloween at one of our museums.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh will offer activities exploring science’s spookier side Thursday, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present a Halloween movie and crafts Saturday. Fayetteville‘s Museum of the Cape Fear will have trick or treating at the 1897 Poe House, also on Saturday.

 

 

2. Hear a spooky 40s-style radio show at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday and Saturday.

 

 

3. See historic demonstrations and exhibits, make a craft and enjoy live music at Morrow Mountain State Park’s Old Fashioned Day Sunday in Albemarle.

 

 

4. Join Jones Lake State Park in Elizabethtown Saturday for costume contests, hayrides, games, hikes with rangers and animal exhibits as part of its annual Fall Festival.

 

 

5. Explore the intricacies of the Battle of Wyse Fork during a lecture and book signing Saturday the CSS Neuse Civil War Center in Kinston.

 

 

6. Take your Jack-O-Lanterns to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Sunday to see them launched in trebuchet built by local boy scouts.

 

 

7. Try and strike it rich at Reed Gold Mine in Midland before panning for gold closes for the season Saturday.

 

 

8. Experience a Halloween at Hogwarts with performances of the music of Harry Potter by the N.C. Symphony, presentations by an illusionist and face painting in Raleigh and New Bern throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Trick or treat under the sea and enjoy a whole host of other Halloween-related activities throughout the week at the N.C. Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher.

 

 

10. Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester when it goes on view Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

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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A genealogy workshop in Raleigh, a celebration of model trains in Spencer and demonstrations of historic tatting in Pineville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are seven things on our weekend agenda:

1. Discover how you can use materials from the State Archives and State Library during a workshop in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

2. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday and Sunday for a celebration of model trains.

 

 

3. Participate in a hands-on demonstration of the historic art of tatting Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

 

 

4. Explore the history of Southport by bike during a tour led by the N.C. Maritime Museum there Saturday.

 

 

5. Watch a movie about space under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing 2001: A Space Odyssey Friday and Interstellar Saturday.

 

 

6. Experience one of the many outdoor dramas offered across the state before the summer ends.

 

 

7. See what life was like at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow during the colonial and Civil War periods during the site’s Living History Saturday program.

 

 

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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Hands-on Native American pottery making in Mount Gilead, a 19th century children’s festival in Durham and a celebration of National Lighthouse Day in Edenton are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Celebrate National Lighthouse Day Friday with free tours, live music and kids’ activities at Historic Edenton‘s 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.

 

 

2. Travel back in time with your kids at Durham‘s Duke Homestead, which will be offering 19th century games, music and a whole host of other activities as part of its annual Summer Children’s Festival Saturday.

 

 

3. Have lunch with pirates and see the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum during this weekend’s Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

 

 

4. Gather round the campfire at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Thursday evening for someclassic mountain storytelling and s’mores.

 

 

5. See how the Pee Dee Native Americans used the clay around them and try your hand at making a small piece of pottery Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

6. Meet North Carolina film legend Earl Owensby and see clips of some of his classic films Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Learn about the animals 18th century explorers would’ve encountered along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

8. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for a gathering of the descendants of the men who fought there Saturday.

 

 

9. Check out one of the National Black Theatre Festival‘s many performances in Winston-Salem this weekend, including Mr. Joy, which will be offered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary (SECCA) Thursday through Sunday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to discover North Carolina’s deep roots in the history of soil conservation with hands-on activities.

 

 

11. Join the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday as the U.S. Postal Service dedicates a new stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday.

 

 

12. Hear about the pivotal role African Americans played in World War I and how the war affected the cause of civil rights during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Watch the family favorite Big Hero 6 under the stars Friday at the N.C Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

14. See some of the western North Carolina’s best mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers and balladeers throughout the weekend in Asheville at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

 

 

15. Introduce your kids to the math and science behind Civil War artillery fire at Fort Fisher’s Junior Reserves program Friday in Kure Beach.

 

 

16. Check out classic Corvettes, Firebirds and other GM cars Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s All GM Show in Spencer.

 

 

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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Schools across North Carolina and out and summer has been here officially for a week. There are so many great things to see and do over the coming season that we decided to put together a list of 10 things that are on our agenda for the summer:

1. Discover North Carolina’s rich history of film and television production at the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit. The museum is running a Starring, North Carolina! summer special, with all tickets marked down 50%.
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2. Try to strike it rich by panning for gold at Reed Gold Mine in Midland.
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3. Take a look back at the Tar Heel vacations of yesteryear through photos and videos made available online by the State Archives. The Outer Banks History Center’s Flickr site, the Travel and Tourism Digital Collection and the State Archives’ Travel and Tourism Videos playlist are three great places to start your search.
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4. Stop by one of our historic sites or museums near your beach house or on the way to it.
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5. See a movie or concert under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
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6. Attend a summer arts or music festival or watch an outdoor drama. The N.C. Arts Council has a great list of the not-to-miss events.
7. Add a North Carolina novel or work of non-fiction to your summer reading list.
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8. Check out I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
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9. Beat the heat and cool off in the air conditioning at one of our nine art and history museums across the state.
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10. Step aboard President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it makes its only stop in the Southeast at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer August 29 and 30.
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Check out the summer section of our newly-redesigned website for more tips on experiencing authentic North Carolina arts, history and culture this summer. Happy exploring!

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A family festival celebrating trains in Spencer, an outdoor movie and food truck rodeo in Raleigh and a 19th century-style celebration of the arrival of summer in Creswell are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for its Rail Day Festival featuring special train rides, crafts and model train layouts Saturday.

 

 

2. Go back in time and celebrate the arrival of summer 19th century-style with hands-on historic activities and demonstrations, crafts and food at Somerset Place in Creswell Saturday.

 

 

3. Watch a screening of the 2014 film Chef and enjoy a food truck rodeo Saturday evening at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

4. See a quartet of the musicians from the N.C. Symphony perform at Kings in Raleigh Thursday.

 

 

5. Celebrate Father’s Day with a concert by The Baseball Project before the Winston-Salem Dash baseball game Sunday, hosted by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

 

 

6. Check out performances of Common Enemy, a new play centering on college basketball from Triad Stage, throughout the weekend in Greensboro.

 

 

7. Take your kids to the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday to let them learn what it’s like to be an archaeologist.

 

 

8. Enjoy a concert by Neko Case in the Museum Park Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Meet one of Pepsi’s first African American models and learn more about her interesting story Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

10. Listen to the N.C. Symphony perform the best of Broadway and the music of Harry Potter under the stars in Cary Friday and Saturday.

 

 

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 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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February is Black History Month, and there’s so much to do across the Tar Heel State to celebrate. Here are eight things we have on our bucket list this month that you should try, too:

1. Step back in time to and “meet” a few members of North Carolina’s 1868 first black caucus at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

 

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2. Discover North Carolina’s rich African American music tradition with the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.

 

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3. Browse through the hundreds of photographs, bible records, genealogies, legal documents and other primary materials related to African American life and civil rights available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.

 

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4. Visit one of the several state historic sites that have strong African American stories to tell.

 

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5. Explore the work of Minnie Evans, Romare Bearden and other noted African American artists at the N.C. Museum of Art.

 

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6. Take a tour of Historic Edenton as seen through the eyes of well-known abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs.

 

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7. Get a broad overview or dive deep into a specific topic of African American history in North Carolina with a book from North Carolina Historical Publications.

 

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8. Discover the stories of your African American ancestors with an index of online resources and workshop offered by the State Library.

 

 

Be sure and check out the Black History Month page on our website for more great resources and events related to Black History Month.

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