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The chance to “meet” African American legislators from 1868 in Raleigh, a celebration of the life of Maya Angelou in Winston-Salem and a survey of jazz greats 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 10 suggestions to make the most of your time:

1. “Meet” a few members of North Carolina’s 1868 black caucus during a living history program at the State Capitol in Raleigh Saturday.
2. Spend Saturday night under the stars at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, one of the state’s best stargazing spots.
3. Honor the life of the legendary Maya Angelou with an evening of poetry and music Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
4. See a new exhibit of photographs that spotlight historic preservation efforts across the state, opening Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
5. Get a glimpse into the lives and artistic creations of some of North Carolina’s jazz greats and hear some of genre’s most popular tunes Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
6. Enjoy some of the best classical music by Russian composers at concerts by the N.C. Symphony in Chapel Hill and Raleigh throughout the weekend.
7. Take your kids to see interactive productions of West African fables at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday and Sunday.
8. Discover tools for learning about your family’s early African American ancestors at a genealogy workshop offered by the State Library Saturday in Raleigh.

 

9. Create a mixed-media canvas at the Museum of Albemarle Friday in Elizabeth City.
10. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday for a screening Now, Voyager, sometimes called the Greatest Generation’s version of Eat Pray Love.

11. Celebrate the 87th annual Academy Awards with a visit to the Starring North Carolina! exhibition at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

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12. Learn about the often-overlooked history of early Spanish explorers in Appalachia during a lecture Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

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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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February is Black History Month, and there’s so much to do across the Tar Heel State to celebrate. Here are eight things we have on our bucket list this month that you should try, too:

1. Step back in time to and “meet” a few members of North Carolina’s 1868 first black caucus at the State Capitol in Raleigh.

 

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2. Discover North Carolina’s rich African American music tradition with the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.

 

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3. Browse through the hundreds of photographs, bible records, genealogies, legal documents and other primary materials related to African American life and civil rights available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections.

 

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4. Visit one of the several state historic sites that have strong African American stories to tell.

 

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5. Explore the work of Minnie Evans, Romare Bearden and other noted African American artists at the N.C. Museum of Art.

 

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6. Take a tour of Historic Edenton as seen through the eyes of well-known abolitionist and author Harriet Jacobs.

 

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7. Get a broad overview or dive deep into a specific topic of African American history in North Carolina with a book from North Carolina Historical Publications.

 

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8. Discover the stories of your African American ancestors with an index of online resources and workshop offered by the State Library.

 

 

Be sure and check out the Black History Month page on our website for more great resources and events related to Black History Month.

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The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville 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 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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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Musket fire will fill the air at House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: The Saturday event at the State Capitol has been moved to 10 a.m. More details are on this page.

Revolutionary War musket fire in Sanford, a celebration of Lebanese-American culture in Raleigh and special Civil War-themed tours of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with a program highlighting famous and infamous women from North Carolina history hosted by the N.C. Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and a riveting lecture on the World War II action that took place off the North Carolina coast at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

Friday, the fun continues with another round of the Museum of Cape Fear’s popular Arsenal Park tours in Fayetteville and a screening of the Academy Award-winning drama 12 Years a Slave under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Saturday, the food and culture of Lebanon will come alive during a family festival at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, right after World War I re-enactors join Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials in kicking of North Carolina commemoration of the centennial of World War I at the State Capitol across the street. Down the road at the N.C. Museum of Art, traditional Chinese music will accompany demonstrations of calligraphy and origami by visiting Chinese high school students, before folk legend Judy Collins performs on the outdoor stage.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of Art will offer friendly-family tours of its galleries and park, while musket fire and a burning cart light up House in the Horseshoe’s annual Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford.

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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Secretary Kluttz learns about operating the printing press at Historic Halifax

Secretary Kluttz learns about operating the printing press at Historic Halifax from Assistant Site Manager Carl Burke

Hundreds of well-wishers looked on as 30 immigrants from 23 countries officially became American citizens at the State Capitol this Fourth of July, and Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz was proud to be there to help officiate.

After the Oath of Allegiance was administered and America welcomed its 30 newest citizens, a military-style band played, kicking off a day of revelry that included musical performances, historical and military displays, carriage rides, face painting and hands-on activities for kids.

Secretary Kluttz and Deputy Secretary for Archives and History Kevin Cherry enjoy the Fourth of July festivities at the State Capitol

Soon back on the road, the Secretary had another Independence Day celebration to attend at Historic Halifax. In Halifax, Secretary Kluttz toured the site with Assistant Site Manager Carl Burke before working a hand-operated printing press.

Though the Secretary had been to Halifax before for a session with a number of organizations and state Sen. Angela Bryant on how to leverage the the area’s rich history for economic development, she hadn’t yet seen the impressive Montfort Archaeology Exhibit, which combines panel exhibits with walkways over archaeological excavations around the foundations of a home which demonstrates what life was like for a wealth early resident of Halifax.

The day rounded out with more fun Fourth of July activities, including food and fireworks. In short, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry were excited to spend Independence Day in the town where independence from Great Britain was first called for by a state assembly.

WRAL did a great story on the ceremony at the Capitol, and photos from the entire event are available on the Capitol’s Flickr site.

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Enjoy a day full of patriotic speeches, dancing, games and
kids’ crafts at Tryon Palace Friday.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the 7/3 event at Tryon Palace and the 7/4 event at Roanoke Island Festival Park have been canceled.

Patriotic concerts, a kids parade and historic tours and demonstrations are just a few of the ways the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are celebrating Independence Day this weekend.

The weekend gets started Thursday morning, when staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries. In the evening, Tryon Palace in New Bern will host the 440th Army Band for a pops concert on its picturesque South Lawn, while the N.C. Symphony plays a free, patriotic concert of its own at Lake Benson Park in Garner.

Though most of our historic sites and museums will be closed Friday for the holiday, several invite you to come and celebrate America’s 238th birthday with them. Tryon Palace will host its annual Glorious Fourth Celebration, featuring fife and drum performances and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, while Historic Halifax will put on tours of historic buildings and other family activities as part of a town-wide Independence Day celebration. The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will be open for regular, self-guided tours, while Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo will have the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band on hand for a pre-fireworks concert.
Back in the Triangle, the State Capitol in Raleigh will host a kids parade, live music and more to celebrate the holiday, while the N.C. Symphony plays a second concert of patriotic tunes, this time at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

All of our historic sites and museums will operate on their normal schedules Saturday and Sunday.

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Bennett Place in Durham will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Civil War all weekend long!

An exploration of the major surrenders of the Civil War in Durham, a behind-the-scenes look at the State Capitol in Raleigh and the chance to see how treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship are conserved in Greenville are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Thursday, staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s galleries, while the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville will be filled with the sights and sounds of early 19th century cooking.

Workshops, spins on the turntable and train rides will be just a few of the offerings Friday, when the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer is transformed into a classroom for home school students. In the evening, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the postwar thriller The Stranger.

Saturday promises fun across the state. In Raleigh, the State Capitol will offer a rare chance to explore the attic and other hidden parts of the building during special discovery tours, while Durham‘s Duke Homestead will invite visitors to discover the history in all of our old stuff at a community yard sale. In Greenville, the Queen Anne’s Revenge lab will hold an open house where visitors can see first-hand how artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship are conserved. The N.C. Museum of Art will host special family tours of the Estampas de la raza exhibition combined with the chance to make a self-portrait print in the morning, and in the evening, it will put on an awesome event complete with films, art activities and music all produced and planned by teens for teens.

All day in Elizabeth City live music, environmentally-friendly games and activities, crafts and more are on tap for an Earth Day Festival, hosted in part by the Museum of the Albemarle. In the evening, Durham‘s Bennett Place will host a grand ball complete with Civil War costumes and museum to raise funds for its new museum gallery.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with an opportunity to learn about the myth and reality of Civil War medicine at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

Throughout the weekend, Bennett Place will come alive with the sights and sounds of the Civil War as military and civilian interpreters demonstrate what life was look during that time. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts of Beethoven’s famed Piano Concerto No. 2 in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

This weekend is your last chance to see the N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in Raleigh.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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