Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Stargazing with an African twist in Durham, an exploration of African American sailors during the Civil War in Southport and a day of free admission to Tryon Palace 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 eight suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Hear African folklore about the night sky and peer through telescopes to take a tour of the stars Friday at Historic Stagville in Durham.



2. In New Bern, explore Tryon Palace’s historic buildings and gardens for free Saturday.



3. Relax and enjoy a concert of some of the best of bluegrass Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.



4. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh for a screening of the 1947 film Pitch a Boogie Woogie Saturday. The movies was the first made by a production company based in North Carolina and stars an all-black cast.



5. Discover the similarities between the visual arts and jazz of the 20th century with a gallery tour and chamber music concert, Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.



6. See North Carolina history through photographer Hugh Morton’s eyes and learn about his life during a free lecture at Tryon Palace in New Bern Saturday.



7. Hear the stories of men who escaped enslavement and enlisted in the Union Navy Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.



8. Enjoy concerts of masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh and New Bern.


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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Celebrate colonial history with militia demonstrations, games and hands on activities for the entire family Saturday at the Museum of the Cape Fear

Colonial music, games and activities in Fayetteville, a gathering of diving and archaeology experts in Hatteras and a celebration of The Big Lebowski in Raleigh 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 Thursday when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will screen a documentary on the exploration of the Titanic shipwreck.

Friday the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will give visitors the chance to chat with the artists featured in its new Line, Touch, Trace exhibition before showing the critically-acclaimed film The Grand Budapest Hotel under the stars.

Saturday will start off with colonial era music, games, militia drills and hands-on activities at the Museum of Cape Fear’s Festival of Yesteryear in Fayetteville. At the coast, Historic Bath will host an expert on the town’s St. Thomas Church for a lecture and tour, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers a special scavenger hunt for National Grandparents Day. Both Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will celebrate Grandparents Day, too.

If art is more what you’re looking for, then Raleigh‘s your town. The N.C. Museum of History will offer a photography workshop with award-winning photographer Brenda Scott, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host two rounds of its Meet Your Museum tours and put on its second annual The Big Lebowski Dudes Abide Festival complete with food trucks, outdoor activities and, of course, a screening of the cult classic film.

Throughout the weekend, the Graveyard of Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will bring together the state and country’s leading experts on diving and underwater archaeology for a series of lectures and presentations that are free and open to the public.

North Carolina also has two great arts festivals going on this weekend. More than 140 will descend on downtown Raleigh for the 5th annual Hopscotch Music Festival, while Winston-Salem will host James Patterson, Rita Mae Brown and other national authors for the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors.

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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Who is she? We need your help to find out!

Earlier this summer, we asked you to help the State Archives identify some photos from Duplin County taken in the 1940s and 50s. With your help, we were able to identify nearly all the photos in the set, and Archives’ staff are now in the process of adding all of those descriptions to Flickr for all to see.

Building off the success of that process, we’re now asking for your help identifying some photos from the Triangle region that date from a bit earlier. The nearly 120 images that comprise the Knowles Collection were donated to the N.C. Museum of History in the mid-1960s by Raleigh antiques dealer J.C. Knowles. They include everything from portraits to depictions of farm life to scenes from the football field.

Other than that, we don’t know much about them. Here’s what we do know:

  • Any idea where they’re farming?

    They’re glass plate negatives that most likely date from 1900 to 1930

  • Markings on the plates indicate that they came from the Tyree Studio and/or the Wharton-Tyree Studio
  • That studio operated in downtown Raleigh for many years

You can check out the whole set on Flickr. If you have information about one of the images, let us know! We’d prefer that you submit any info you have using the form at http://www.ncdcr.gov/HelpTheArchives, but you can also comment on an individual image on Flickr or leave a comment below.

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Bayard Wootten

All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women’s history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state’s past.

Pioneering North Carolina photographer Bayard Wootten came from a long line of coastal creative-types. Her grandmother was a noted writer and editor, her father a photographer and her mother supported the family by painting decorations on hats and fans.

Wootten attended what is now UNC-G for a year and then taught school in Georgia before shifting her efforts to commercial art. After designing the first trademark for Caleb Bradham’s Pepsi-Cola, she transitioned from artwork to photography around 1904. She gained experience at Camp Glenn, the National Guard installation in Morehead City, where she was hired as photographer and director of publicity. Her business flourished and her half-brother George Moulton joined her full-time.

In 1910 Wootten protested sexual discrimination in a professional publication and later took part in suffrage demonstrations. As a pioneer in the field Wootten achieved numerous firsts, often endangering her safety to get the picture. She flew over New Bern in 1919 to get early aerial views, photographed Linville Falls after being lowered over a cliff by a rope, and late in life, shot a mill from atop a water tower.

The State Archives and North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill both hold a significant amount of her work.

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