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Watch the Triangle Lebanese Association’s nationally-recognized Dabke group perform traditional Lebanese dances at the N.C. Museum of History Saturday

UPDATE: The N.C. Museum of History festival event has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

A celebration of Lebanese culture in Raleigh, Civil War medicine seen through the eyes of surgeons and soldiers in Durham and a print-making program for preschoolers in Beaufort are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend fun kicks off Thursday with cooking demonstrations 19th century-style at the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, and continues at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, where kids and parents can explore shapes, lines, colors and other parts of art through a tour and interactive craft. Also Thursday, the 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.

Friday, the focus shifts to the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a unique, behind-scenes-tour of the state port for visitors 12 and over. in Morehead City and a fun print-making program for preschoolers.

Contribute your Civil War- and Reconstruction-era documents and others materials to the State Archives’ digital repository Saturday, when staff from the Museum of the Cape Fear and State Archives will be on hand for a scanning session in Goldsboro. Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History invites you to a street fair-style festival of dance, food and crafts on Bicentennial Plaza in Raleigh celebrating Lebanese culture. The program, presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Cedars in the Pines exhibit, will feature several activities for children, including a scavenger hunt and opportunities for photos.

Both Saturday and Sunday, Bennett Place in Durham will be transformed into a Civil War field hospital, with interpreters portraying surgeons and civilians caring for the wounded, and historians presenting special lectures on Civil War medical care during the Civil War. Find out why more soldiers died of disease than wounds sustained in combat.

Throughout the weekend, N.C. Symphony will play concerts featuring the music of Modest Mussorgsky and Richard Strauss in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. This week is also a great time to see the work of some of North Carolina’s best up-and-coming artists at the N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Winners Exhibition at CAM Raleigh.

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

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Sec. Kluttz meets with elementary school students at the James K. Polk Historic Site

A visit with rapping students and an exploration of one of America’s first gold mines were two highlights from Secretary Susan Kluttz’s recent trip to the James K. Polk Historic Site and Reed Gold Mine. The trip to the Charlotte area sites was part of Sec. Kluttz’s tour across the state in an effort to meet employees and supporters and experience each of the department’s unique historic sites and museums first-hand.

At Polk, Sec. Kluttz was greeted by 3rd grade students from Pineville Elementary School who performed a rap on the life of James K. Polk and showed a video they created about the site. Both the rap and video were intended to show how much the students valued the site and why they wanted to keep it open. In working on both projects, students learned about politics, technology, civic engagement and teamwork by researching historical topics and gaining public speaking skills. Their teacher and principal should be commended on their creative and inspired approach to teaching and student involvement.

Historic interpreters at the Polk Historic Site

After listening to their concerns and watching the video, the Secretary emphasized the importance of the site to the department and to the state, and stressed that she hoped the closure would only be a temporary one.  As the only presidential site in North Carolina, the site was an ‘inspiration that a boy from Pineville could grow up to be President one day.”

“I’m here to let you know that I am concerned and I want to hear what you have to say to me and to our staff,” she said. “I want to assure you how important this site is to us

After the dialogue, Sec. Kluttz toured the site, which includes a reconstructed house and outbuildings as they would have been for a frontier family during Polk’s time. As she took the tour, historic interpreters were on hand demonstrating period woodworking and cooking, A chicken roasting over an open fire provided an enticing smell in the background.

Sec. Kluttz pans for gold at Reed Gold Mine

Later in the day, Sec. Kluttz joined Historic Sites Western Regional Supervisor Bob Remsburg, Historic Sites Deputy Director Dale Coats and site manager Larry Neal for a tour of Reed Gold Mine, the site of first documented gold find in the country.

After finding 17-pound yellow rock in 1799, the Reed family used it as a doorstop for years. Not knowing its true value, the family sold the gold to a Fayetteville merchant for $3.50 in 1802. The merchant later sold it for $3,600, and the sleepy farm was soon transformed into the site of America’s first gold rush.

The group successfully panned for gold (as any visitor can), visited the underground mine and enjoyed the site’s small museum. Sec. Kluttz even found a nugget herself!  Now that’s lucky!

Check out more photos from the trip here.

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