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Try your hand at tobacco tying Saturday at Duke Homestead’s
Harvest and Hornworm Festival

A celebration of the harvest in Durham, musket and cannon fire in Statesville and the words of Thomas Wolfe intertwined with mountain music in Asheville 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 weekend kicks off Friday when the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will celebrate the end of summer with live music, gourmet popsicles and champagne, while the N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will kick off its Starring North Carolina film series byshowing Bull Durham. Also Friday, the popular Cedars in the Pines exhibit exploring Lebanese life in North Carolina will open at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Saturday in Raleigh, staff from the State Library will celebrate Tar Heel history by telling some of its stranger stories through panel discussions and activities for kids at the N.C. Museum of History. At the same time, the Museum of History will help kids make a critter-themed craft and teach them about the boll weevil bug and its effect on agriculture, while the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and families make a one-of-a-kind journal before taking them on a journey through the Museum Park. In Durham, Duke Homestead will celebrate the arrival of fall with demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing and curing, kids activities, food and live music.

New Bern‘s Tryon Palace will let kids see what school was like during the 1800s before hosting local jewelry artist Alice Bilello for demonstrations of her craft and displaying sculpture throughout the N.C. History Center as part of New Bern’s city-wide ArtWalk. Elsewhere in the east, Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan Courthouse and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will put on bicycle tours highlighting the history of its hometown.

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will feature recitations of Thomas Wolfe’s work against the backdrop of mountain music by some of the region’s best artists including fiddler Bobby Hicks and vocalist Doc Cudd.

The weekend wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History features the smooth bluegrass sounds of Asheville duo Grits and Soul in its Raleigh garden.

Throughout the weekend, musket and cannon fire will light up Statesville for Fort Dobbs’Living History Weekend, while the N.C. Museum of Art will host performances by the award-winning troupe Paperhand Puppet Intervention 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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Free concerts by the N.C. Symphony, Civil War living history programs and several more rare chances to see the 13th Amendment  are just a few of the great programs offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources across the state this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when Vance Birthplace in Weaverville offers music, lectures and dramatic readings in conjunction with a visit by the 13th Amendment as part of DCR’s limited statewide tour of this important and fragile document.

Our popular traveling exhibit of treasuress from Blackbeard’s sunken flagship will open at Historic Bath Friday, just as the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts a poetry slam tied to its Estampas de la raza exhibition and screens the film 42: the Jackie Robinson Story. The 13th Amendment tour will stop in Sedalia at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, where it will be accompanied by a lunch and learn lecture and children’s activities.

Saturday, re-enactors will be on hand at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to discuss the typical Civil War soldier’s life, while the CSS Neuse Center in Kinston will put on a program focusing on challenges of the Civil War home front, including Mourning practices, homeguards and food shortages.

Elsewhere in the east, Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will display vintage farm equipment and host beekeepers demonstrating their craft to celebrate life on the farm, while the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington showcases a premier display of World War I arms, clothing and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and stations volunteers throughout the ship to explain specific topics like the galley and radar. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will focus on World War II with a program featuring living historians and hands-on activities for kids, while Historic Edenton will offer a yoga class on the beautiful lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse.

In the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will offer a gallery tour and studio time for families focused on sculpture, before hosting an evening concert by a Beatles tribute band and screening a documentary about the legendary group. The N.C. Museum of History, also in Raleigh, will let visitors watch Native American artist Alyssa Hinton at work and then make a mixed media collage to take home with them, and host a singing of the national anthem for Flag Day. In Durham, Duke Homestead will give visitors the chance to explore its hometown’s historic roots and experience the modern art, music and food of the Bull City with Bull Fest, while Historic Stagville will display the 13th Amendment in a slave cabin while offering music, genealogical consultations and other programs. In Cary, the N.C. Symphony will play a circus-inspired concert combining classical masterpieces and contemporary hits as acrobatic artists swirl above them.

In the west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will show cartoons and offer art making activities for kids centered around pencils and drawing. SECCA will also open a new exhibit that explores just how extraordinary the ordinary can be Saturday.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will light up with cannon fire during re-enactments of 18th century camp life and the N.C. Symphony will play free concerts of Beethoven’s dramatic 5th Symphony in JacksonvillePinehurst and Washington. At Pinehurst, the Symphony will be showcased during the U.S. Open activities.

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A Civil War encampment will take over of the lawn of the State Capitol Saturday. Come out and see what Raleigh was like under Union occupation in 1865!

A view of Raleigh’s Union occupation during the Civil War at the State Capitol, a fierce battle between Cherokee warriors and frontier soldiers at Fort Dobbs and the opening of a new exhibition of Mexican American art at the N.C. Museum of Art are just a few of the opportunities for fun you can find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when staff at 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 and the sights and at the James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville, enjoy the sights and smells of 19th century cooking in the air during tantalizing cooking demonstrations. On the coast, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host an informal, lunchtime chat all about bottlenose dolphins, while the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City will teach kids about the history of kites and help them make their own kite-themed decoration.

Friday, conservators at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will offer advice on how to care for your treasured possessions, while explorers (age 6-10) can experience what it was like to be Mr. Hay’s apprentice in the 1800s during a hands-on program at Tryon Palace in New Bern and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a hike across the pristine Rachel Carson Reserve, known for its diverse coastal habitats. At the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh, visitors can explore the galleries at night against the backdrop of live music, explore images of Mary in the museum’s permenant collection with a knowledgeable docent or join the museum for a high-energy party celebrating the opening of the Estampas de la raza exhibition.

Saturday will bring something for everyone with 13 different programs across the state. In the west, visitors can climb aboard antique tractors and other farm equipment or take a short train trip with the Easter Bunny at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will celebrate Slow Art Day with classic cartoons and crafts for the entire family, while Cherokee warriors will clash with frontier militia during a living history program at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

In the central part of the state, dancers, a singer and a guitarist will explain flamenco through their performances at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, while a Civil War-era troop encampment and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 Union occupation of the State Capitol across the street. Elsewhere in Raleigh, the State Library will providetips on researching African American ancestors, while the N.C. Museum of Art will presentart-making workshops, musical performances and more to celebrate the opening of theEstampas de la raza exhibition, chronicling contemporary Mexican American and Latino artists.

In the east, Historic Halifax will celebrate the 238th anniversary of America’s first call for freedom with historic weapons demonstrations, a Brunswick stew cook-off and special tours, while Historic Bath will participate in a town-wide home and garden tour. More than 40 Tarheel potters will be displaying their wares at Tryon Palace in New Bern, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will offer candle dipping, colonial games, pirate flag painting and more as part of its annual Girl Scout day.

A concert by Lebanese musicians Naji Hilal, Basil Samara and Christopher Saleh Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh closes out the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, free garden admission and a heritage plant sale will be offered as part of Tryon Palace’s Garden Lovers’ Weekend in New Bern, and the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts with Broadway legend Patti LuPone in Raleigh. This weekend is also your first chance to check out a new exhibition of Mexican-American art at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

For more information on these and other events, please visit NCCulture.com. Enjoy a fun North Carolina weekend!

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Celebrate the holidays with Historic Stagville this Saturday

Celebrate the holidays with Historic Stagville this Saturday

The holidays are officially in full swing, and our historic sites and museums are putting on nearly 20 different programs this weekend to celebrate!

The fun starts tonight in Durham, where Duke Homestead will recreate an 1870s Christmas for visitors complete with decorations, carols, storytelling, hot apple cider and other holiday goodies.

Saturday will be chalked full on family activities from the mountains to the coast. Toward the west, Weaverville’s Vance Birthplace will host Christmas candlelight tours. The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will give families the chance to sip cocoa and take a train ride with Santa, while Reed Gold Mine in Midland will present music, crafts and holiday-themed tours to celebrate the season.

In the central part of the state, Historic Stagville in Durham will allow guests to see what Christmas would have been like for a planter family and the enslaved community that surrounded them.  The spirit of the season right before the Civil War will be recreated with artisans, decorations, crafts, games, food and music. Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will offer cookies, cider and period music while putting on a program focusing on the Christmas experience of a furloughed Civil War solider, while the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh hosts family-friendly tours with a holiday theme. Visitors to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead can make holiday treats for birds, while Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia will close the popular Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

Toward the coast, Tryon Palace in New Bern will offer several ornament-making workshops for kids, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport will host a Victorian-themed holiday program with crafts and refreshments. Later in the day, Elizabeth City’s Museum of the Albemarle will screen The Polar Express and give kids the chance to make related crafts, while Historic Bath hosts candlelight tours of the Bonner House.

Sunday, the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum will offer music, refreshments and kids’ crafts for its holiday program, while the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will put on its annual Holiday Jubilee. Historic Bath will also host its yearly Christmas Open House.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Raleigh, while Fort Dobbs in Statesville will feature musket firing, cannon demonstrations and interpreters portraying 18th century camp life as part of its winter living history program.

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See how the American solider has changed over time Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville

An exploration of Native American music in Raleigh, a military timeline living history program in Statesville and a celebration of African American artisans in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for family fun you’ll find this weekend at the historic sites and museums of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts Thursday with another installment of the N.C. Museum of History’s popular storytime in the gallery series in Raleigh.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will host three programs:

It picks up again Saturday, with a ceremony honoring Veterans Day at the State Capitol in Raleigh.  Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will host a car meet up complete with music, food trucks with breakfast and snacks for sale, a kids play zone and health screenings by UNC-REX., while Tryon Palace in New Bern will put on a program celebrating African American artisans in conjunction with the dedication of a new highway historical marker for North Carolina’s first black regiment.

Father west, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will give kids and parents the chance to try their hand at being designers, while the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will host author Annalise Bernadette for a talk and book signing as part of its 2nd Saturdays series.

Sunday will bring two world-class music programs to Raleigh. The first, at the N.C. Museum of Art, will consist of a selection of classical music inspired by the Porsche by Design exhibition and performed by a chamber music quartet. The other, at the N.C. Museum of History, will feature renowned Native American musician Alan Richardson.

Both Saturday and Sunday, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will honor Veterans Day with a military timeline living history program featuring interpreters portraying soldiers throughout history. Weapon firing demonstrations will be part of the program all weekend long. The N.C. Symphony will also present concerts of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 throughout the weekend in Raleigh.

The fun wraps up Monday with a Russian-themed cooking school hosted by the N.C. Museum of History at Southern Season in Chapel Hill and a special tribute to veterans at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

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From left to right, the Mayor of Weaverville Al Root, state Rep. Michele Presnell, Sec. Susan Kluttz, Mayor of Asheville Terry Bellamy and state Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Joe Sam Queen.

From left to right, the Mayor of Weaverville Al Root, state Rep. Michele Presnell, Sec. Susan Kluttz, Mayor of Asheville Terry Bellamy and state Reps. Nathan Ramsey and Joe Sam Queen.

It was log cabins and frontier forts with a dash of literary history for the Department of Cultural Resources senior staff last week.

Last Thursday and Friday, Secretary of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz, Chief Deputy Secretary Karin Cochran, Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry and Keith Hardison, Director of State Historic Sites and Properties, toured the Department’s sites and offices in western North Carolina. During the course of the trip, they visited Fort Dobbs in Statesville, Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace in Weaverville and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison, Sec. Susan Kluttz and Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site Manager Christian Edwards

Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison, Sec. Susan Kluttz and Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site Manager Christian Edwards

In addition, they also visited the Department’s western office, which is located right off the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Asheville. At each, the Department leaders listened to staff and supporters, especially those at the Mountain Gateway Museum and Vance Birthplace. The current proposed state budget calls for the former to close and the latter to go dormant.

Kluttz encouraged these supporters to expand the local ‘friends group’ and build greater local government and private support for the site. She also emphasized that while she and the department support the governor’s budget, she values sites  and museums and recognizes these proposed changes will be difficult for all.

“Our department knows how valuable this is,” Kluttz told the McDowell News. “We came up voluntarily because we are concerned about that and we wanted to hear from you.”

Cultural Resources Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry with X children.

Cultural Resources Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry with Tar Heel Junior Historians.

Secretary Kluttz also took a side trip to Wilkes Art Gallery in North Wilkesboro, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing quality experiences in the arts through exhibits, classes, workshops and field trips for all ages where she spoke at a dinner on the importance of art in community and in education. The Secretary emphasized the ability of the creative economy to spark local economic development.

Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry, Secretary Susan Kluttz and Fort Dobbs staff member Scott Douglas.

Deputy Secretary Kevin Cherry, Secretary Susan Kluttz and Fort Dobbs staff member Scott Douglas.

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Join Fort Dobbs Saturday and Sunday for re-enactments of the French and Indian War

Join Fort Dobbs Saturday and Sunday for re-enactments of the French and Indian War

A celebration of America’s first call for independence, re-enactments of the French and Indian War and an antique truck and train show are just a sampling of the family fun you’ll find this weekend hosted by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The fun starts tomorrow afternoon with a kids program focused on baseball at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City and tours at Historic Edenton focused on the science behind the 18th century home. All day long, Historic Halifax with celebrate America’s first call for freedom with a living history program and special tours. Tryon Palace in New Bern will kick off its Garden Lover’s Weekend, featuring free garden admission and special programs in conjunction with New Bern’s Spring Historic Homes and Gardens Tour.

Saturday morning, learn how to discover your family’s Civil War heritage at a workshop in Raleigh hosted by the State Archives and State Library. All day long the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host an antique truck and train show, while the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville will hold a short story writing contest for students. Tryon Palace will also present scenes of science of technology throughout time in concert with the N.C. Science Festival.

Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will be hosting two great events. In the morning and early afternoon, the museum will celebrate the opening of its Blue Loop walking and cycling trail with a food truck rodeo and musical performances, while later in the day the museum will host its annual spring teen event.

The weekend closes out Sunday with a lecture on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot at the Museum of Cape Fear in Fayetteville, a concert of traditional music at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and a lecture and book signing on oral histories in northeastern North Carolina at the Museum of the Albemarle.

Throughout the weekend Fort Dobbs in Statesville will stage re-enactments of the French and Indian War, while the N.C. Symphony will perform Brahams’ Requiem in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

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