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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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North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.


8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

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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Sec. Kluttz meets with elementary school students at the James K. Polk Historic Site

A visit with rapping students and an exploration of one of America’s first gold mines were two highlights from Secretary Susan Kluttz’s recent trip to the James K. Polk Historic Site and Reed Gold Mine. The trip to the Charlotte area sites was part of Sec. Kluttz’s tour across the state in an effort to meet employees and supporters and experience each of the department’s unique historic sites and museums first-hand.

At Polk, Sec. Kluttz was greeted by 3rd grade students from Pineville Elementary School who performed a rap on the life of James K. Polk and showed a video they created about the site. Both the rap and video were intended to show how much the students valued the site and why they wanted to keep it open. In working on both projects, students learned about politics, technology, civic engagement and teamwork by researching historical topics and gaining public speaking skills. Their teacher and principal should be commended on their creative and inspired approach to teaching and student involvement.

Historic interpreters at the Polk Historic Site

After listening to their concerns and watching the video, the Secretary emphasized the importance of the site to the department and to the state, and stressed that she hoped the closure would only be a temporary one.  As the only presidential site in North Carolina, the site was an ‘inspiration that a boy from Pineville could grow up to be President one day.”

“I’m here to let you know that I am concerned and I want to hear what you have to say to me and to our staff,” she said. “I want to assure you how important this site is to us

After the dialogue, Sec. Kluttz toured the site, which includes a reconstructed house and outbuildings as they would have been for a frontier family during Polk’s time. As she took the tour, historic interpreters were on hand demonstrating period woodworking and cooking, A chicken roasting over an open fire provided an enticing smell in the background.

Sec. Kluttz pans for gold at Reed Gold Mine

Later in the day, Sec. Kluttz joined Historic Sites Western Regional Supervisor Bob Remsburg, Historic Sites Deputy Director Dale Coats and site manager Larry Neal for a tour of Reed Gold Mine, the site of first documented gold find in the country.

After finding 17-pound yellow rock in 1799, the Reed family used it as a doorstop for years. Not knowing its true value, the family sold the gold to a Fayetteville merchant for $3.50 in 1802. The merchant later sold it for $3,600, and the sleepy farm was soon transformed into the site of America’s first gold rush.

The group successfully panned for gold (as any visitor can), visited the underground mine and enjoyed the site’s small museum. Sec. Kluttz even found a nugget herself!  Now that’s lucky!

Check out more photos from the trip here.

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Reenactors at Polk Birthplace in Pineville.

Charlotte’s Got a Lot estimates that between 30,000 and 35,000 people will come to Charlotte as part of the Democratic National Convention slated to take place next week. To help all those out-of-towners make the most of their visit to the Tar Heel state, we’ve collected some great cultural experiences and attractions in the greater Charlotte area.

Two wonderful art museums in the heart of Charlotte—both supported by the N.C. Arts Council—are currently playing host to first-rate politically-themed exhibitions. “Read My Pins” at the Mint Museum Uptown gives visitors the opportunity to explore the history of American foreign policy through the jewelry of former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. Albright is famous for wearing decorative pins to send diplomatic messages. The Mint’s Vote for Art Project, which kicks off September 1, also invites visitors to explore politics in a unique way.

The Light Factory, also located in uptown Charlotte, has two exhibitions that explore politics through photography and film. “We are Charlotte” gives Charlotte high school students the opportunity to communicate their political beliefs through images and video, while “Out In the Streets” chronicles the 1968 Democratic National Convention through the eyes of photographers caught in fighting between police and protestors.

If history is more your thing, the area offers plenty of opportunities, too. The President James K. Polk State Historic Site, in Pineville, about 12 miles from downtown, preserves Polk’s birth place and explores the history of his presidential term. About a half hour east, Reed Gold Mine in Midland gives visitors the chance to pan for gold at the site of the first documented find of the ore in the United States, and the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer offers a glimpse into our industrial past on the grounds of a former Southern Railway’s steam locomotive repair facility.

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Several state historic sites have raised their fees to ensure that they can continue to preserve North Carolina’s past and give you the best possible experience. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes.

Admission prices to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville are now $5 for adults and $2 for children. At Historic Bath, admission prices for the Bonner House and the Palmer-Marsh House have increased to $2 per house for adults and $1 per house for children. At both sites, groups of ten or more will still receive half off the regular rates.

Reed Gold Mine in Midland, N.C.

General admission to the N.C. Transportation Museum is now $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, $4 for children between the ages of three and 12 and free for children younger than three. For groups of 15 or more the rates are $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for seniors, active military personnel and children between three and 12.

A public hearing on the changes in the price structure at the Museum will be held on August 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2172A-2 of the Dobbs Building at 430 N. Salisbury St in Raleigh. Public comments can also be submitted in writing between August 9 and August 31. Details on that process are available here.

Finally, while admission to Reed Gold Mine remains free, the fee for gold panning is now $3 per person, with a $1 discount per person for groups of 10 or more.

Admission to the majority of the 27 historic sites is still free. If you have any questions regarding the changes, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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