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Tryon Palace will have interactive crafts for kids and living history tours
of the Hay House as part of its Fall Family Day Saturday

A bluegrass festival in Manteo, a day of family activities in New Bern and an afternoon of jazz music 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.

The fun starts Thursday when the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville comes alive with the smells and sounds of 19th century cooking. At the coast, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids create a sandcastle-themed craft and host a local artist for canvas-backed decoy painting demonstrations.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the postwar classic drama Ace in the Hole, starring the legendary Kirk Douglas, and stay open late for visitors to explore the galleries at night with the smooth jazz sounds of Fusion Collective South as a backdrop.

Saturday, living historians will be stationed throughout the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington to show what life was like aboard World War II’s most decorated ship, while the Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer interactive crafts for kids and special living history tours of the Hay House as part of its Fall Family Day. Tryon Palace will also be giving free admission to teachers, serving as a stop on the Kitchens of New Bern tour and hosting Revolutionary War historian Christian McBurney for a lecture and book signing Saturday.

Elsewhere at the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will celebrate National Estuaries Day with family activities and a trash clean-up of the Rachel Carson Reserve, while the Graveyard of Atlantic Museum will give a talk on whaling and invite members of the public to share their stories related to the industry. The Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will help teens and adults make a fun, fall-themed craft and open a new exhibit on the tradition of tea with a reception and princess tea party.

Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art will help families work together to create a piece of collage art after taking a short tour of one museum’s wonderful galleries. Five of our historic sites and museums around the state will be will be offering free admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine‘s Museum Day Live.

Things wrap Sunday with an afternoon of spirituals and jazz with noted vocalist Yolanda Hall at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, and a concert of old-time stringband music by the Happy Valley Pals at the N.C. Museum of Art across town. The Museum of Albemarle will host local writer Majorie Ann Berry for a lecture and book signing focusing on Elizabeth City’s most famous residents.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play concerts of music from the Broadway hit West Side Story with scenes from the film as a backdrop in Raleigh, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will host the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival featuring Ricky Skaggs.

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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Happy first day of fall! Autumn is always an amazing time to get out there and explore all the unique outdoor and cultural destinations that the Tar Heel State has to offer.

To celebrate this year’s Fall Equinox, we thought we’d share seven activities we have on our fall bucket list that you should try, too:

1. Take a stroll in the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.

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Thanks to this year’s great weather, the museum still has some outdoor concerts and movies left.

2. See how North Carolinians celebrated fall during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield.

3. Take in the breathtaking fall foliage 19th century-style at Vance Birthplace.

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 4. Sample a heritage heirloom apple at Horne Creek Farm.

Horne Creek is home to the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which preserves more than 400 varieties of old southern apples. Many of those varieties are on the brink of extinction. The Annual Cornshucking Frolic in October is a great excuse to visit.

5. Find your favorite North Carolina sounds at a fall music festival.

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We’re especially excited for the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival in Manteo this weekend and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh next week.

6. Explore a different kind of fall beauty at Tryon Palace’s gardens.

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This weekend’s Family Day and Mumfest in October are two of the best times to visit.

7. Pick a pumpkin at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Harvest Festival.

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As you begin to explore all that North Carolina has to offer this season, be sure and tune into Visit North Carolina’s website and social media for fall foliage and fishing reports from the State Parks, and tag all your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #visitnc; we’ll be passing along some of our favorites.

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See how beer was made during the 18th century Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville

An exploration of 18th century beer in Statesville, a look at the view 20 feet from stardom in Raleigh and a lively concert of indie folk tunes in Winston-Salem are just a 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 at the coast, where the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids make sandcastle-themed crafts and host a talk on the Life-Saving Service with author Chip Marshall, as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries.

Friday, the fun continues at the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another of its popular cruises aboard a Duke University research vessel exploring marine life, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will celebrate with U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday with an art making session for families inspired by the military branch. Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the space thriller Gravity under the stars.

Saturday, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will turn into a brewery from the past with interpreters making beer using 18th century techniques and explaining how different varieties of the beverage were made, while Fort Fisher in Kure Beach presents hands-on activities and lectures focused on understanding the archaeology of the site’s Civil War past.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer tours of its outdoor agricultural exhibit and invites the little buccaneers in your family to set sail for the museum for a morning of pirate-themed tales and crafts. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will host interactive tours for families followed by studio time where kids and parents can work together to make colorful pieces of art before screening the critically-acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardomand hosting Lisa Fischer, one of the luminaries from the film for a concert.

Music will also fill the air outside the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem as it hosts Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler for what is sure to be a fantastic concert of modern folk music.

Throughout the weekend, knights and dragons will take center stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo as it offers performances of the classic story of Don Quixote adapted for kids.

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 cuts a ribbon to reopen the Adventure Museum with Dare County Commissioners Wally Overman, Warren Judge and Virginia Tillett; Roanoke Island Commission members Bob Partridge, Earl Willis, Jr., E. Brent Lane and Perry White; Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Chair Mike Pringle; and Roanoke Island Festival Park Executive Director Kim Sawyer.

Sec. Kluttz cuts a ribbon to reopen the Adventure Museum with Dare County Commissioners Wally Overman, Warren Judge and Virginia Tillett; Roanoke Island Commission members Bob Partridge, Earl Willis, Jr., E. Brent Lane and Perry White; Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Chair Mike Pringle; and Roanoke Island Festival Park Executive Director Kim Sawyer.

From the early explorations of the Carolina coast in the late 1500s to the Civil War Battle of Roanoke Island in 1863 to the impact of modern hurricanes like Frank and Floyd, the central Outer Banks region has a long and storied past.

Earlier this month, Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, local elected officials, members of the Roanoke Island Commission and others celebrated the reopening of the Adventure Museum at Roanoke Island Festival Park, which tells the story of the area’s history in an interactive way.

Joan Collins poses next to the exhibit at the Adventure Museum featuring her father, Lt. Herbert M. Collins.

Joan Collins poses next to the exhibit at the Adventure Museum featuring her father, Lt. Herbert M. Collins.

From talking pirate displays to the opportunity to for kids dress up in 16th century to the chance to try out the navigation tools available to the area’s early colonists, the Adventure Museum provides a number of great opportunities for kids and families to learn about the region’s past.

One of the best parts of the opening for the Secretary was running into Joan Collins. Several members of Collins’ family, including her great grandfather, great uncle and father, worked at the Pea Island Lifesaving Station. The story of the station is told as part of the museum, but after meeting Collins the Secretary got the chance to hear the story from a personal perspective as well.

The Adventure Museum, along with the rest of Roanoke Island Festival Park, is open daily from April to December. Be sure to stop by when you head to the beach this summer!

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Mort Künstler’s Capitol Farewell

A pirate scallywag school in Manteo, concert-movie combo in Raleigh and model train show in Spencer are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at our sites and museums.

Start your weekend off Thursday with two nature-focused programs on the coast. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another installment of its popular kayak trip series, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will host the last in its series of workshops on canvasback decoy crafting.

Friday, children can learn how to walk, talk and act like a pirate in Manteo at Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Pirate Scallywag School, while kids of all ages can see interpreters fire muskets at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks. Bentonville will host more musket demonstrations Saturday.

In the Raleigh, also on Friday, the N.C. Museum of History will debut an exhibit of 33 paintings of the Civil War done by nationally-acclaimed artist Mort Künstler. The debut will include the unveiling of Künstler’s newest work, Capitol Farewell. The N.C. Museum of Art will also offer four great programs:

On Saturday, the Museum of the Art will offer two more programs: a family program that includes a gallery tour and studio time and a concert-movie combo featuring the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Beasts of a Southern Wild.

Join the N.C. Transportation Museum for a
model train show Saturday and Sunday

Throughout both Saturday and Sunday, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host the Historic Spencer Shops Railroad Show. The show will feature model trains, railroading collectibles, railroad historians, Thomas and Friends games and crafts, storytellers and much, much more.

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Sec. Kluttz, Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry and Roanoke Island Festival Park manager Kim Sawyer aboard the Elizabeth II with Rowan County elementary school students

Sec. Kluttz, Deputy Sec. Kevin Cherry, site manager Kim Sawyer and historic interpreters Warren McMaster and Jared Eng-Hong with students from North Rowan Middle School at Roanoke Island Festival Park

A 16th century cruise with elementary school students, a visit with animals on a living history farm and a historic lighting were all part of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz’s recent trip to the coast.

Sec. Kluttz in front of the Bodie Island Lighthouse with state Rep. Paul Tine, superintendent of the Outer Banks group of national parks Barclay Tremble and Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge

Sec. Kluttz in front of the Bodie Island Lighthouse with state Rep. Paul Tine, superintendent of the Outer Banks group of national parks Barclay Tremble and Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge

Sec. Kluttz began her trip Thursday at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where she helped relight the beacon of the Bodie Island Light Station with six descendants of one the light’s last keepers. The light had previously been dormant for four years while being restored.

Later Thursday, Kluttz attended a meeting of the Roanoke Island Commission, of which she is a member. The commission oversees Roanoke Island Festival Park and several other smaller properties. After the meeting she toured the park, stopping to check on the progress of renovations of the Adventure Museum and visiting with elementary school students from her native Rowan County aboard the Elizabeth II.

Sec. Kluttz concluded her trip Friday with a visit to The Island Farm. A local historic site, the Island Farm is last working farm on the Outer Banks and a partner site of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

See more photos from the trip here.

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The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has been particularly busy these last few weeks helping with the transition from one gubernatorial administration to the next.

Staff at the State Capitol Historic Site are helping elected officials and advisors move out of their stately home and new leaders move in. They’re also helping plan the ceremonies surrounding the swearing in of the governor’s cabinet, the Council of State and the governor.

Tryon Palace staff will host Governor Pat McCrory’s eastern regional visit to take place January 8, and a number of historical interpreters associated with the Cultural Resources—from Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum and Jonkonnu groups to Fort Dobbs’s militia to Roanoke Island Festival Park’s Silver Chalice Boat and crew and beyond—will also take part in the inaugural parade on January 12.

The State Archives are making sure that records of departing officials are being appropriately transferred and providing reference and research services to various planning committees—including coming in during the holidays to provide copies of films from previous inaugurations.

Archives staff have also helped select the historic Bibles that will be used in the oath taking, and, as caretaker of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina, State Archivist Sarah Koonts will take part in the private, “Transfer of the Seal Ceremony,” which is held just before the governor takes the Oath of Office.  Archives photographers will also be on hand to document these and other transition activities.

Our Historical Resources Division is providing research reports on previous inaugurations and the state seal to the inaugural committee, while the N.C. Museum of History has mounted its always popular Governor’s Exhibit, which is updated and re-opened every four years to coincide with gubernatorial inaugurations. This year’s exhibit Leading the State: North Carolina’s Governors will run through April 28, 2013.

Filled with artifacts that include personal items, clothing and portraits, Leading the State highlights the changes in the office of governor and the role of first spouses. The exhibit also focuses on how governors have campaigned and been elected. In addition to this exhibit, the Museum of History also accessioned a number of gifts from Governor Beverly Perdue to help document her time in office and is currently working with Gov. McCrory’s staff to decorate and equip the Executive Mansion living quarters and office in the State Capitol.

These activities are just a few of the ways, we, as the state agency charged with preserving the state’s memory, are helping support that crucial mechanism of democracy and the all-too-rare occurrence in the history of humankind: the peaceful transfer of power.

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