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A look at the music and literature of the Civil War in Creswell, a look at the special systems of a World War II battleship in Wilmington and a survival-focused living history program in Weaverville 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 13 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See first-hand how 19th century homesteaders survived in the rough and tumble atmosphere of the North Carolina mountains through demonstrations, workshops and lectures Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

2. Discover the rich music and literature of the Civil War and see what life was like on the home front during the war Saturday at Somerset Place in Creswell.

 

 

3. Step back in time for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations and art-making activities Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s annual Family Renaissance Fair in Raleigh.

 

 

4. Take a tour of Horne Creek Farm’s renowned apple orchard Saturday in Pinnacle after hearing about the history of the fruit from one of the nation’s leading experts.

 

 

5. Enjoy potato games and hands-on activities at the Museum of the Albemarle Saturday as part of the Elizabeth City-wide North Carolina Potato Festival.

 

 

6. Join the N.C. Symphony for concerts featuring the music of Las Vegas Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Explore the various systems of the Battleship North Carolina-armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc.-and learn about the rationale behind their design during special tours inWilmington Saturday.

 

 

8. Discuss Thomas’s Wolfe’s short story “The Lost Boy” with local professor Paul Spivey Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

9. Check out trucks throughout history Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

10. Kayak through the fascinating history of the Crystal Coast region Thursday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Understand the importance of the year 1844 during a lecture at the President James K. Polk Historic Site Thursday in Pineville.

 

 

12. Hear about how artists use archives for activism from Dr. Wesley Hogan, director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Learn about the story of Gettyburg’s famous unknown soldier during a talk Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

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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School will be wrapping up across North Carolina in the next few weeks. Still not sure what do with you kids? Our museums and historic sites and local arts councils across the state offer summer camps that inspire kids to create and teach teens about the Tar Heel State’s past in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Our camps are filling up pretty fast, but we still have some availability. Here are nine camps that still have spots open and promise plenty of summer fun:

1. Summer teen workshops at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 


Teens can play with photography and collage to explore the past and imagine the future or use a variety of media to create artistic-poetic mashups and retell a story at week-long workshops at the museum in June.

 

2. Life on the Carolina Frontier at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

Let your kids enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought.

 

3. Camps offered by local arts councils and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the state.

 

 

A few that have caught our eye so far are the Summer Clay Camp for Kids, offered by the N.C. Pottery Center; All About Abstracts and Cool Jewelry, offered by the Wayne County Arts Council; and the visual and performing arts camps offered by the Arts Council of Wilson.

Get in touch with your local arts council for more offerings near you.

 

4. Summer Science School and the Junior Sailing Program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

Kids can explore a range of topics from coastal conservation to the science used to investigate the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship at the museum’s Summer Science School or learn safety, seamanship and a number of other sailing skills in its Junior Sailing Program.

 

5. History camps covering a variety of topics at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

You kid can become a history detective and learn how the museum researches and produces exhibits, get a taste of life in colonial North Carolina or set sail for a coastal Carolina adventure. Registration for all of the museums camps is still open.

 

6. A Civil War summer camp at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

As the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ends, kids will drill like Civil War soldiers, dress up like them for a photo op and participate in an array of other activities to ignite the history spark in campers ages nine to 12.

 

7. The first annual Backcountry Militia Day Camp for Kids at House in the Horseshoe near Sanford.

 

 

History will come alive for your kids at with an artillery demonstration, musket and rifle firing, spinning and weaving demonstrations and the change to meet an 18th century surgeon. The camp will also feature hands on activities and a special tour of the Horseshoe site.

 

8. Hands-on art making workshops and camps for elementary and middle school-aged kids at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

Seven of the museum’s camps still have openings. The Blast from Past camp, combining art and history for fun for elementary and middle school kids and the middle school workshops on fashion and expressing yourself look especially interesting to us!

 

 

 

Whether you little one longs to be a pirate, Civil War solider or archaeologist, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport has a hands-on adventure for them.

In addition to all of these awesome camps, the Museum of the Albemarle, N.C. Museum of Art, N.C. Museum of History, SECCA, Tryon Palace and all three of our maritime museums offer programs for kids and family weekly.

Hosting your own summer camp and looking for a place to take your kids? Our 27 historic sites scattered across the state are perfect for a morning, afternoon or all-day trip. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia and Tryon Palace make it especially easy to accommodate your large group.

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An annual celebration of wooden boats in Beaufort, a film festival in Raleigh and vintage motorcycles on display in Spencer are just of the 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 help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort for displays of historic vessels, educational activities and boatbuilding displays as part of its 41st Annual Wooden Boat Show throughout the weekend.

 

 

2. Experience stories of the Tar Heel State’s past and present as told through film Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History’s inaugural Longleaf Film Festival Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

3. Delve into the stories of the women of Hatteras Island Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as part of the Hatteras Storytelling Festival.

 

 

4. Hear about the history behind Civil War monuments Saturday at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

5. Learn how you can use online resources for genealogical research Saturday at the State Library in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in WilmingtonSouthern Pines, New Bern and Raleigh.

 

 

7. Ride into the past at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

8.  Take a musical journey through North Carolina’s sights, sounds and culture Sunday during a concert at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Explore the connections between modern and contemporary art during a panel discussion at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

10. Celebrate the first Friday of May with half off admission to N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit in Raleigh.

 

 

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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A look at the science of pirates in Greenville, re-enactments commemorating the largest surrender of the Civil War in Durham and an afternoon of living history activities near Sanford are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 11 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Touch a cannon that was once mounted on Blackbeard’s flagship and learn about the science of pirates Saturday at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville.

 

 

2. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War throughout the weekend at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

3. Celebrate the culture of southern Appalachia Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum’s Pioneer Day in Old Fort, featuring craft demonstrations, music, food and Civil War re-enactors.

 

 

4. Spend your Saturday afternoon at “Retreat,” now known as House in the Horseshoe near Sanford, and experience artillery and musket firings, pottery making and 18th century toys and games.

 

 

5. Hear some of the state and county’s best musical acts perform “traditional plus” music throughout the weekend at MerleFest in Wilkesboro.

 

 

6. Honor the anniversary of George Washington’s visit to Tryon Palace with a colonial ball,dinner with President Washington and other activities throughout the weekend in New Bern.

 

 

7. See groundbreaking new films selected as noteworthy by the RiverRun International Film Festival throughout the weekend at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. Check out Zoosphere, a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art that explores humans’ effect on the environment through video, when it opens Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Kayak through local history Saturday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

10. Join the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia Saturday for a community discussion of the connections between Dr. Brown’s work and the Freedom Riders.

 

 

11. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

 

 

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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French and Indian War re-enactments in Statesville, a look inside some of North Carolina’s oldest buildings in Edenton and a panel discussion with Vietnam POWs 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 13 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. See re-enactments that highlight North Carolina’s role in the French and Indian War Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

2. Check out Alternative Modernisms, a new exhibition that explores the evolving relationship between the historical and contemporary image, when it opens Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

3. See inside North Carolina’s oldest house and other Chowan County historic landmarks during Edenton‘s Pilgrimage of Historic Homes Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Join Bennett Place in Durham as it opens a new museum space Saturday and kicks off its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the landmark surrender that took place there.

 

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5. Hear first-hand about what life was like for POWs during the Vietnam War Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Hike the Rachel Carson Reserve with staff from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Friday.

 

 

7. Enjoy the sounds of Broadway’s best tunes at concerts performed by the N.C. SymphonyFriday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

8. Spend Saturday evening under the stars with Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead to celebrate International Dark Sky Week.

 

 

9. Explore the music of the 1700s and hear some live performances of it Saturday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

 

 

10. Take inspiration from Mickalene Thomas’s The Three Graces and create embellished mixed-media selfies that highlight three aspects of your personality Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

11. Ride through Southport‘s history with bike tours offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there Saturday.

 

 

12. Learn about the history of the Stanly House Friday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to learn about lighthouses and make paper lighthouses of their own.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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Slow Art Day celebrations in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, a look at the history beneath the seas in Southport and a garden lover’s weekend 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 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Commemorate the 239th anniversary of the Halifax Resolves, the first official cry from a colony for independence from Great Britain with a day of special tours and living history activities at Historic Halifax Sunday.

2. Experience the mesmerizing vision of Hector Belio’s Symphonie Fantastique as performed by the North Carolina Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines and Raleigh.

3. Visit Tryon Palace’s gardens for free, learn how to spruce up your home with historic plants and a take a tour of New Bern‘s historic homes and gardens as part of the site’sGarden Lover’s Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

4. Spend Slow Art Day, a global event aimed at helping people experience art in new ways, with the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh or the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

5. Discover the history hidden beneath the seas around the lower Cape Fear region Saturday at a symposium hosted by the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. UPDATE 4/10 — This event has been cancelled

6. Dive deep into the work of Thomas Wolfe and discuss one his short stories with local author Terry Roberts Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

7. Join the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem for a morning of cartoons and art making Saturday.

8. See antique tractors and trains from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday.

9. Celebrate the birthday of Addy Walker, an African American Girl Doll representing the Civil War era, with Historic Stagvile in Durham.

10. Take a kayak trip with your kids and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

11. Hear about the close of the Civil War in North Carolina from expert scholar Mark Bradley Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
12. Just in time for spring, discover the fascinating history behind gardens in ancient Egypt Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

13. Make your own Civil War-style haversack Saturday at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

14. Watch some of the world’s best documentaries in downtown Durham throughout the weekend as part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

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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Panning for gold in Midland, train rides with the Easter Bunny in Spencer and a remembrance of the Vietnam War in Raleigh as 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 nine suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Take your kids to the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for special train rides with the Easter Bunny Saturday and Sunday.
2. Try your hand at striking it rich Saturday when Reed Gold Mine in Midland opens up gold panning for the season.
3. Commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day throughout the weekend at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh with period equipment displays, the chance to talk with Vietnam veterans and performances of a play that centers on the conflict.
4. Stargaze with folks from the Morehead Planetarium and Raleigh Astronomy Club Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park in Raleigh.
5. See what it takes a build a boat in the traditional style Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.
6. Check out a new exhibition of oil paintings by Josephine Halvorson that opens this Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
7. Learn how to make rope like they did in the 1800s Saturday at Somerset Place in Creswell.
8. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport for bike tours that highlight the history of its hometown Saturday.
9. Experience demonstrations of the historic weaving technique of tatting Friday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.
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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