Posts Tagged ‘Outer Banks History Center’

North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment in Four Oaks, a festival of art and flowers in Raleigh and a night under the stars in Mount Gilead are just a few 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 time:

1. See North Carolina’s largest Civil War re-enactment Saturday and Sunday at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks.



2. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh for Art in Bloom, its inaugural festival of art and flowers throughout the weekend. Master classes, art making, lectures and breathtaking flower displays will all be part of the fun.



3. Make art in the Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem Saturday with the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and other local arts organizations.



4. Discover how the staff at Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle used oral histories and other primary sources of information to restore the buildings on site during a program Saturday.



5. Spend a night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the best spots for stargazing in the Tar Heel State.



6. Learn tips and tricks for deciphering and preserving your old family photos at a workshop presented by the N.C. Genealogical Society and the State Archives Saturday in Raleigh.



7. Hear about the history behind Parker Legwear, one of western North Carolina’s largest textile operations, Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.



8. Explore the history of the U.S. Coast Guard in North Carolina through a new exhibit at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo.



9. Experience the works of female jazz and blues icons through songs and stagecraft during “Mama’s Got the Blues,” a multimedia production at Tryon Palace in New Bern Thursday.



10. Take your kids to the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday to



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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Sec. Kluttz explores the Outer Banks History Center’s collections with OBHC Site Manager KaeLi Schurr and Archivist Stuart Parks

Each summer , thousands of tourists descend on the Outer Banks for fun in the sun. Though the region is long on history, many visitors don’t grasp the rich past of North Carolina’s coastal region while on their beach trips.

Recently, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz got to see one institution that’s working to change that when she joined the Outer Banks History Center for its 25th anniversary celebration. The center, one of two regional branches of the State Archives, is located within the Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. The nearly 300,000 items in its collection cover everything from coastal military operation to shipwrecks and lighthouses to North Carolina’s discovery and early exploration. There is something for everyone in their vast collection.

Sec. Kluttz with a costumed interpreter for the Elizabethan Gardens, Jen Joyce, Friends of the Outer Banks History Center Chiarman Clark Twiddy and Joan Brumbaugh

During her visit, the Secretary moderated a visioning session in the Elizabethan Gardens about the importance of cultural arts and preservation, browsed the center’s “An Eye for Art, A Heart for History” exhibit, thanked the center’s staff and supporters for their service , toured the History Center and ended the exciting day enjoying cake and ice cream in the Elizabethan Gardens. She also took part in the Ace Hardware Spring for the Arts Home & Garden Tour of Roanoke Island which was organized by Elizabethan Gardens.

Legislative guests included Representative Paul Tine who attended the visioning session and Senator Bill Cook, the birthday celebration.

Learn more about the Outer Banks History Center on the State Archives website, and check out the center’s Flickr site for awesome photos from Outer Banks vacations past.

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The North Carolina Maps Project  is a dream for map lovers, and really, who isn’t?   Featuring maps from three of the state’s largest map collections — the North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Outer Banks History CenterNorth Carolina Maps provides an unprecedented level of access to these materials.

Nearly two-thirds of the maps available online are from the State Archives and the Outer Banks History Center, and as of this morning, there are more than 3,000 maps available.  And, because multi-page maps count as single maps in the item count, the actual number of scans available on the site is even more impressive… 6,682.


Here are the numbers by repository:

  • State Archives: 1,793
  • North Carolina Collection: 1,054
  • Outer Banks History Center: 119


Maps in the collection range in date from the late 1500s to 2000, and include detailed maps for each of North Carolina’s one hundred counties. 

“North Carolina Maps is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina.

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