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This weekend is your last chance to see the Porsche by Design exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art. Don’t miss it!

Behind-the-scenes tours of the State Capitol in Raleigh, a free day at Tryon Palace in New Bern and a Civil War living history program at the CSS Neuse in Kinston are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at our historic sites and museums.

The weekend fun starts Thursday, when the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh presents another installment in its Storytime in the Gallery series, and continues Friday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort offers a program for preschoolers on dolphins and whales. Later Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will put on a screening of On the Town in addition to more installments of its Art in the Evening and Friday Night Sound Bites series.

Saturday, the family fun continues in New Bern, where admission to most parts of Tryon Palace will be free, and in Raleigh where the State Capitol will offer a behind-the-scenes tour. Later that afternoon, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present a program on African song, dance and storytelling, while Civil War costumed interpreters will bring the CSS Neuse in Kinston alive for a living history program and symposium on the Underwriter Expedition.

Also Saturday, Historic Bath will host a lecture on famed furniture maker Thomas Day’s older brother, as the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport reopens one of its exhibits with a new focus on African Americans for Black History Month.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of Beethoven’s 5th in SalisburyHenderson and New Bern, while the N.C. Museum of Art presents family-friendly tours and hosts the final weekend of its Porsche by Design exhibition in Raleigh.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com.

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The new CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretative Center

More than a year ago, the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse moved to downtown Kinston with great fanfare, and earlier this month Sec. Susan Kluttz joined local leaders to unveil its new home at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center on Queen Street. This museum is a work-in-progress and gives visitors a rare opportunity to see a museum project under construction.

The museum’s downtown location is part of a cultural renaissance Kinston is experiencing with new restaurants, award-winning craft beer and a burgeoning arts scene. Kinston’s small town charm and friendly business environment adds to the spark that culture is bringing to set Kinston’s economy on fire.

The day began with the re-dedication of a highway marker honoring the Neuse in front of the Lenoir County Courthouse. Secretary Kluttz, Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry and Highway Marker Program director Michael Hill made remarks. Bill Rowland, who witnessed the recovery of the sunken vessel from the Neuse River in the 1960s, and John Marston, CSS Neuse Gunboat Association president assisted in the marker unveiling. Site Manager Sarah Risty-Davis was the master of ceremonies.

Sec. Kluttz with Stephen Hill in the Neuse
Interpretative Center

Secretary Kluttz and the large, local crowd were given tours by interpreters in Civil War attire. These tours are now available to give visitors the chance to both see the magnificent ship and gain an understanding of the hard work it takes to build a museum. The museum will host its grand opening next year.

The Neuse was a one-of-a-kind ironclad that was constructed by the Confederacy to help counter the superior numbers of the Union Navy. With all its advances in technology, the Neuse saw little action, though it did participate in at least one skirmish in 1865.

While in Kinston, Sec. Kluttz also toured a number of downtown attractions with Stephen Hill, a Kinston native, who owns the award-winning Mother Earth Brewery with his son-in-law.  The Secretary enjoyed a tour of the brewery and taproom, noting the environmentally-friendly solar panels and art throughout.

Please click here for more information of the Neuse and the behind-the-scenes tour of the new museums, and here to see more images of the Sec. Kluttz’s Kinston trip.

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The Neuse on the its moving equipment.

Tomorrow morning as early as 5:30 a.m., the CSS Neusewill begin a three-mile journey from its current home at the CSS Neuse/Gov. Caswell Memorial to a new, custom-built, climate controlled building at 100 N. Queen St., in downtown Kinston. The Confederate ironclad represents the culmination of a ten year effort and will be a truly historic event. The Neuse has been at its current site since 1964, shortly after its raising from the Neuse River in 1962.

The move will be a slow one, with many safety precautions in place to protect both the public and the 148-year-old, 260-ton Neuse. In fact, the ship will travel at only one mile per hour until it reaches W. Vernon Avenue and will only reach a top speed of four miles per hour during the middle portion of the trip. The Neuse will be lifted out of its current location in three sections using house moving dollies that can turn a full 360 degrees. After it reaches the main road, it will be hitched to trucks.

Parking lots and sidewalks along Vernon Avenue and Queen Streets will offer great vantage points to the see move! The Neuse won’t be open for public view again until late in the year as the staff of the Historic Sites Division finishes construction on the new building and continues to develop the exhibits on the role of eastern North Carolina in the Civil War.

The route of the Neuse‘s move.

We want to hear from you as you watch this historic event. Tweet your photos and comments on #CSSNeuse and upload your photos to our Facebook page! You can learn more about the Neuse and its move on our website.

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