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Sec. Kluttz with fellow barbecue and pie contest judges Debbi Matthews, Elizabeth Hudson, Dale Coats and David Cash

Judging a barbecue contest, visiting with junior interpreters and hearing about the experiences of North Carolinians during the Battle of Gettysburg were just a few of the highlights of Sec. Susan Kluttz’s visits to Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham over the weekend for 2nd Saturdays programs.

At Duke Homestead the theme was good old-fashioned North Carolina food and music. The program, called “Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: The Tastes of North Carolina,” focused on everything that makes our state taste great. While visiting the site, Sec. Kluttz saw demonstrations of traditional pickling methods, participated in a peanut boil and listed to a concert by the Malpass Brothers.

Sec. Kluttz with Bennett Place site manager John Guss and Bennett Place historic interpreter Dianne Smith

The secretary also got to serve as judge in the barbecue and pie contests alongside Our State Magazine editor-in-chief Elizabeth Hutson, Durham Herald-Sun food editor Debbie Matthews, N.C. Historic Sites deputy director Dale Coats and Durham Rescue Mission Volunteer & Donor Relations Coordinator David Cash.

She wrapped up her visit at Duke Homestead by talking to participants in the site’s junior interpreter program, who were demonstrating 19th-century games and toys. The program allows kids to experience history hands-on by living it.

In the afternoon, Sec. Kluttz headed across town to Bennett Place. There she met two interpreters—one who represented a North Carolina solider at the Battle of Gettysburg, and another, site manager John Guss, who represented a Michigan soldier at the same battle. The secretary listed to the two talk about their differing experiences there.

While at Bennett Place, Sec. Kluttz also took a tour of the site’s grounds and talked with volunteers who are working to raise funds to revamp the exhibits in the site’s visitor center. Click here to see more photos of her visits.

Sec. Kluttz with the Malpass Brothers

Don’t forget that we still have one more round of 2nd Saturdays programs on August 10. Visit 2ndSaturdaysNC.com to see the full rundown of programs. Don’t miss the fun!

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