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Staff from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer showing off their Panthers pride.

Staff from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer
showing off their Panthers pride.

Governor Pat McCrory today made a wager with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper over this weekend’s Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

If the Panthers prevail as Governor McCrory predicts, Hickenlooper will donate Colorado products to North Carolina food banks and animal shelters. In the unlikely event that the Panther lose, Governor McCrory will donate North Carolina turkey products to Colorado food banks and animals shelters.

Two state historic sites and the North Carolina Zoo have followed Governor McCrory’s lead by either accepting or making friendly wagers with their counterparts in Colorado.

Zoo Directors Put State Pride On The Line

The North Carolina Zoo accepted the Denver Zoo’s Super Bowl challenge. The losing zoo’s director will be welcoming visitors next week in the winning team’s jersey.

Transportation Museums Participate in Turntable Challenge

The North Carolina Transportation Museum will deck out its diesel engines in Broncos regalia with staff riding the turntable while singing the Broncos fight song if the Panthers lose, in addition to supplying to the Colorado Railroad Museum with a number of the Tar Heel State’s favorite foods.

This afternoon the Colorado museum accepted NCTM’s challenge.

Gold ore is being wagered by the Reed Gold Mine..

Gold ore is being wagered by the Reed Gold Mine..

Mine Museums Wager Gold

North Carolina and Colorado are connected through the spread of gold discoveries across the United States during the 19th century, and Reed Gold Mine and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry are raising the stakes on Super Bowl wagers by putting a gold ore specimen valued between $40 and $50 on the line.

Discounted Admission for #PanthersPride

To celebrate the Panthers and help get everyone in the team spirit, the North Carolina Zoo will be offering $2 off admission to guests wearing Panthers’ gear now through Sunday.

The North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher and Jennette’s Pier will be offering $1 off admission to visitors in Panthers’ gear Sunday only.

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A streetcar that operated in Charlotte during the 1800s (above), compared to the one that began service today (below). Images from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and Charlotte Observer, respectively.

Earlier today, Charlotte inaugurated the CityLYNX Gold Line, its first streetcar service in 77 years.

Though the service is being heralded as a new innovation for transportation and economic development, it’s not the first time the vehicles have been seen on North Carolina streets.

The Tar Heel State’s first streetcars were horse-drawn and began operating in Wilmington and Raleigh in the mid to late 1880s. The first electrified system made its debut in Asheville in 1889, and similar networks quickly cropped up in Durham, Greensboro, High Point, Raleigh, Salisbury, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

Charlotte’s system got its start in January 1887 as a horse-drawn operation, and was electrified in 1981 after prominent businessman Edward Latta collaborated with other entrepreneurs to make the leap. At its peak the system carried 2 million passengers annually on 29 miles of track and 50 passenger cars.

The Charlotte Trolley on loan to the N.C. Transportation Museum.
Image from Trains Magazine.

A historic trolley car that was built in World War I, originally used in Athens, Greece’s system and then imported for use on Charlotte’s heritage trolley line is now on loan to the N.C. Transportation Museum where it is being repaired. You can get a peek of it just about any day in the Back Shop, but the best time to see it is when it’s brought out for view during the museum’s special events.

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Streetcars on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, crica May 1909. Image PhC.68.1.98 from Carolina Power & Light Collection of the State Archives.

Visit the N.C. Transportation Museum’s website for a more detailed history of the vehicle’s connections to the Old North State.

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A new exhibit of historical photographs of the mountains in Asheville, a beer tasting to kick off North Carolina Beer Month in Raleigh and opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny and go on Easter egg hunts around the state 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 nine suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Discover the history and archaeology of whaling in North Carolina during a talk Thursday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.
2. Go on an Easter egg hunt and celebrate spring with other fun activities in the shadow of the Battleship North Carolina Saturday in Wilmington.

3. Kick off North Carolina Beer Month with a beer tasting Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
4. Take your kids to Tryon Palace in New Bern Saturday afternoon for games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt on the South Lawn.
5. Meet the Easter Bunny, dye and decorate eggs and take part in an Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Friday in Winston-Salem.

6. Ride the Easter Bunny Express with your family throughout the weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. An Easter egg hunt and breakfast with the Easter Bunny will also be offered Saturday.
7. Explore the N.C. Museum of Art’s galleries after dark Friday in Raleigh, while Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band play in the background.
8. Check out a traveling exhibit of Horace Kephart’s iconic photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains, open at the DCR Western Office in Asheville for the first time this weekend.

9. See what it took to rebuild Tryon Palace in the 1950s in a new exhibit of photographs opening Sunday in New Bern.

Keep in mind that most of our historic sites and museums will be closed for the state holidays on Friday and Sunday. Call ahead before you visit to make sure they’re open.

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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It’s the first day of spring and we’re excited! It’s been a pretty rough winter across the Tar Heel State, and if you’re feeling as stir crazy as we are, you’re ready to get out there and celebrate the coming of the warmer weather with all of the best that North Carolina has to offer.

Here’s what’s on our spring bucket list. What’s on yours?

nctm-spring-list1. Jump on board the Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

No one signals the arrival of spring quite like the Easter Bunny. And during the next couple of weeks, he’ll be offering special train rides at the N.C. Transportation Museum that your kids won’t want to miss. In addition to train rides, your family can also have breakfast with the big bunny and go on an Easter egg hunt at the museum on select days.

 

This free online course from the State Library and Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest will introduce beginners to the basics of the family history research, while offering pros a chance to take part in the teaching process and share their love for family history with others. Spring is a great time for a new project, make genealogy yours!

 

bville-spring-list3. Experience a Civil War living history program.

North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment will take place this weekend at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, but the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of Civil War won’t stop there. We have a number of programs planned through the rest of the season.

 

tryon-spring-list4. Visit the beautiful gardens at Tryon Palace.

The gardens at Tryon Palace represent the wide array of landscapes you’d see on larger estates during the 18th and 19th centuries. From the grandeur of the formal Maude Moore Latham Garden to the natural Wilderness Garden and the practical Kitchen Garden, there’s so much to explore.

 

library-b-spring-list5. Explore past issues of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

In print since 1937, Wildlife in North Carolina is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The magazine features a stunning collection of nature photography perfect for the season, and thanks to the hard the work of the State Library, you can read more than 700 issues online for free.

 

science-spring-list6. See the science behind some of state’s most fascinating history.

From an overview of the engineering that makes Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs work to a look at the cutting edge technology used to conserve artifacts from the wreck of the Blackbeard’s flagship, several of our historic sites, museums and other venues are teaming up with the N.C. Science Festival this April to show you the interesting intersections of history and science.

 

arts-spring-list7. Try out a new North Carolina arts experience.

From annual music festivals like MerleFest and Moogfest to the start of the run of the many of North Carolina’s outdoor dramas, there are so many great experiences across the Tar Heel State in the springtime. Check out the N.C. Arts Council’s cultural trails for some inspiration.

 

ncma-spring-list8. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

If you saw our fall bucket list, you probably know that we recommended the park then, too. But the truth is that there’s really no bad to time to visit this 160-acre Raleigh gem. As part of its inaugural Art in Bloom festival this weekend, the museum will be offering several great programs, both inside and out.

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Special steam engine train rides in Spencer, a soap making workshop in Pinnacle and musket and cannon firing demonstrations in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

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

1. Join the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer for one of three great events Saturday:a celebration of Piedmont Airlines, special steam engine train rides and a railroad book sale.
2. See musket and cannon firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.
3. Learn how to make soap the old fashioned way with ingredients you can find at any grocery store during a workshop Saturday at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle.
4. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a night of music, dancing, food and drinks Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
5. See memorabilia from Sleepy Hollow’s filming at Tryon Palace on display at the N.C. History Center in New Bern through Sunday.
6. Stop by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-SalemSaturday for a pancake social complete with art activities and performances.
7. Hear about the struggle for civil rights in the small Martin County town of Williamston during a lecture at Historic Bath Saturday.
8. Learn about world music, folklore and dance through songs and stories at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday.
9. Discover the history of U.S. Colored Troops in North Carolina during a lecture at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Thursday.
10.Enjoy concerts of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony performed by the N.C. Symphony in Fayetteville, Raleigh and Sanford throughout the weekend.
11. Hear the harrowing tales of men who were prisoners of the North Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. (UPDATE: This program will be rescheduled due to winter weather).

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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Durham’s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a Victorian house
in mourning Saturday. Stop by for a candlelight tour!

Spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family in New Bern, tours of a Victorian house in mourning in Durham and a Civil War field hospital brought to life in Four Oaks 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.

The fun starts Friday when the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wind Band performs a concert on Tryon Palace’s picturesque South Lawn in New Bern, and the Museum of the Albemarle helps kids create a colorful piece of fall-themed art in Elizabeth City. In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will give advice to visitors on how to best preserve their family treasures, and the N.C. Museum of Art will host a lunch and lecture highlighting the history of female artists in its collection.

Saturday, Historic Stagville in Durham will highlight the “secret” history of pumpkins, serve up some pumpkin-themed desserts and help kids carve a pumpkin of their own, while the State Library and State Archives will host speakers and a variety of exhibitors during their annual Family History Fair in Raleigh. Just outside the Triangle in Four Oaks, Bentonville Battlefield will have wagon rides, corn shucking and carnival games as part of its fall festival, before coming alive as a Civil War field hospital in the evening, with interpreters portraying surgeons performing operations and amputations. Also in the evening, Durham‘s Duke Homestead will be transformed into a house in mourning for special candlelight tours.

Elsewhere in the Piedmont,  the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer ghost stories, traditional Halloween carnival games and a trick or treat at its 1897 Poe House, while Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will invite visitors to enjoy an evening of stargazing on its grounds. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will have hay rides, old-time games and crafts and a pumpkin patch for kids as part of its inaugural harvest festival.

At the coast Saturday,Tryon Palace will explore the history of Halloweens past and offer spooktacular crafts and games for the whole family as the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport tells tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries from the Lower Cape Fear region in celebration of Halloween. Historic Edenton will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Edenton Tea Party with colonial games and activities for families, while the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a murder mystery tea party.

In Asheville, Lenoir-Rhyne writing professor Laura Hope-Gill will offer a “Write with the Wolfe” workshop for new writers and lead an architecture tour of Asheville focusing on the buildings of Thomas Wolfe’s era in conjunction with the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and the Museum of the Cape Fear will host its annual Halloween tours of the Poe House.

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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