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A look at the music and literature of the Civil War in Creswell, a look at the special systems of a World War II battleship in Wilmington and a survival-focused living history program in Weaverville 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 13 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See first-hand how 19th century homesteaders survived in the rough and tumble atmosphere of the North Carolina mountains through demonstrations, workshops and lectures Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.



2. Discover the rich music and literature of the Civil War and see what life was like on the home front during the war Saturday at Somerset Place in Creswell.



3. Step back in time for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations and art-making activities Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s annual Family Renaissance Fair in Raleigh.



4. Take a tour of Horne Creek Farm’s renowned apple orchard Saturday in Pinnacle after hearing about the history of the fruit from one of the nation’s leading experts.



5. Enjoy potato games and hands-on activities at the Museum of the Albemarle Saturday as part of the Elizabeth City-wide North Carolina Potato Festival.



6. Join the N.C. Symphony for concerts featuring the music of Las Vegas Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.



7. Explore the various systems of the Battleship North Carolina-armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc.-and learn about the rationale behind their design during special tours inWilmington Saturday.



8. Discuss Thomas’s Wolfe’s short story “The Lost Boy” with local professor Paul Spivey Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.



9. Check out trucks throughout history Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.



10. Kayak through the fascinating history of the Crystal Coast region Thursday with the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.



11. Understand the importance of the year 1844 during a lecture at the President James K. Polk Historic Site Thursday in Pineville.



12. Hear about how artists use archives for activism from Dr. Wesley Hogan, director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.



13. Learn about the story of Gettyburg’s famous unknown soldier during a talk Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.



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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School will be wrapping up across North Carolina in the next few weeks. Still not sure what do with you kids? Our museums and historic sites and local arts councils across the state offer summer camps that inspire kids to create and teach teens about the Tar Heel State’s past in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Our camps are filling up pretty fast, but we still have some availability. Here are nine camps that still have spots open and promise plenty of summer fun:

1. Summer teen workshops at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.


Teens can play with photography and collage to explore the past and imagine the future or use a variety of media to create artistic-poetic mashups and retell a story at week-long workshops at the museum in June.


2. Life on the Carolina Frontier at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.



Let your kids enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought.


3. Camps offered by local arts councils and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the state.



A few that have caught our eye so far are the Summer Clay Camp for Kids, offered by the N.C. Pottery Center; All About Abstracts and Cool Jewelry, offered by the Wayne County Arts Council; and the visual and performing arts camps offered by the Arts Council of Wilson.

Get in touch with your local arts council for more offerings near you.


4. Summer Science School and the Junior Sailing Program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.



Kids can explore a range of topics from coastal conservation to the science used to investigate the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship at the museum’s Summer Science School or learn safety, seamanship and a number of other sailing skills in its Junior Sailing Program.


5. History camps covering a variety of topics at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.



You kid can become a history detective and learn how the museum researches and produces exhibits, get a taste of life in colonial North Carolina or set sail for a coastal Carolina adventure. Registration for all of the museums camps is still open.


6. A Civil War summer camp at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.



As the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ends, kids will drill like Civil War soldiers, dress up like them for a photo op and participate in an array of other activities to ignite the history spark in campers ages nine to 12.


7. The first annual Backcountry Militia Day Camp for Kids at House in the Horseshoe near Sanford.



History will come alive for your kids at with an artillery demonstration, musket and rifle firing, spinning and weaving demonstrations and the change to meet an 18th century surgeon. The camp will also feature hands on activities and a special tour of the Horseshoe site.


8. Hands-on art making workshops and camps for elementary and middle school-aged kids at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.



Seven of the museum’s camps still have openings. The Blast from Past camp, combining art and history for fun for elementary and middle school kids and the middle school workshops on fashion and expressing yourself look especially interesting to us!




Whether you little one longs to be a pirate, Civil War solider or archaeologist, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport has a hands-on adventure for them.

In addition to all of these awesome camps, the Museum of the Albemarle, N.C. Museum of Art, N.C. Museum of History, SECCA, Tryon Palace and all three of our maritime museums offer programs for kids and family weekly.

Hosting your own summer camp and looking for a place to take your kids? Our 27 historic sites scattered across the state are perfect for a morning, afternoon or all-day trip. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia and Tryon Palace make it especially easy to accommodate your large group.

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We’re just a few days out from Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher in Kure Beach this Saturday and Sunday.

With more than 800 re-enactors currently slated to participate in the battle scenario at Shepherd’s Battery and a whole host of other activities planned throughout weekend, the event promises fun for the entire family.

Here are a few tips to ensure you have the best experience possible:

  1. Keep in mind that parking is off-site at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Base, and that a free trolley will run from the parking to the site Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  1. Share your photos, videos and impressions of the event using #FortFisher150
  1. Check out the schedule before you come. There’s so much more going on than just re-enactment. Kids’ activities, lectures, living history demonstrations and music performances promise fun for the entire family.
  1. Consider going on an above-the-scenes or lantern tour. Both will showcase Fort Fisher from a unique perspective. These tours, which have a limited number of participants, require a ticket. Tickets can be bought on-site the day of or in advance ahead by calling (910) 458-5538.
  1. An ATM (with associated fees) will be available on site. Gift shop purchases can also be made via major credit cards.
  1. Come early! We’re expecting big crowds.
  1. Relax and enjoy the event! It’s going to be a great time.

Check out the Friends of Fort Fisher website for more information on the program, and we hope to see you this weekend!

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Stop by the N.C. Museum of History Saturday to see artifacts from bluegrass legends on display and make a banjo of your own.

Toy banjo making in Raleigh, a drama depicting the Lincolns in Creswell and a boat building class in Beaufort 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 and learning start Thursday, when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort hosts a lunchtime talk on the Native Americans that called the Crystal Coast region home. Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will screen the French drama Max et les Ferrailleurs as part of its fall film noir series and stay open late to let visitors explore the galleries at night with the smooth jazz stylings of the Oynx Club Boys in the background.

Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will help kids and families make a toy banjo to take home, while the N.C. Museum of Art offers a lecture exploring the genius of Vermeer across town. Elsewhere in Piedmont, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will open a traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

In the eastern part of the state, the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will explore how World War II sailors coped with torpedo damage, while Historic Edenton offers another installment of its popular yoga classes on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn. In Hatteras, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will offer a day for prospective volunteers to see how they can help, while in Creswell, Somerset Place will present a drama depicting the last day of Abraham Lincoln’s life, including the opportunity for visitors to talk with re-enactors portraying Lincoln and his wife. The N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will teach visitors how to build a boat using old-school carpentry techniques, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City puts on a bonsai workshop and hosts a lecture on U-boat action off the Outer Banks during World War II.

The weekend fun wraps up Sunday when the N.C. Museum of History presents a concert featuring the eclectic sounds of Dark Water Rising and the N.C. Museum of Art offers free, family-friendly art-making activities and gallery games with its pop-up art cart.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will perform concerts of music that captures the spirit and feel of Mexico in Raleigh.

Keep in mind, too, that next Tuesday is Veterans Day. Though most of our venues will be closed for the holiday, Tryon Palace in New Bern, the Battleship North Carolina inWilmington and the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will be open for family fun. Tryon Palace will offer a special salute to the men and women who have defended North Carolinathroughout history, while the N.C. Museum of Art will give free admission to its Small Treasures exhibition for veterans, active duty military members and their families.

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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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.


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.


 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.


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.


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.



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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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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Meet Redcoats and get other glimpses into what life was like during
the Revolutionary War Saturday in Edenton

Revolutionary War weapons demonstrations in Edenton, a showcase of Civil War camp life in Durham and a rare view of the 13th Amendment in Kinston are just of few of the opportunities for fun and discovery offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

Friday, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will offer the first round of its annual summer Arsenal Park tours, focusing on the rich Civil War history of the museum’s property, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer a cruise exploring the marine life of the Crystal Coast region. The N.C. Museum of Art in  Raleigh will screen the funny and poignant film Enough Said. In Kinston, the N.C. Symphony will play a free concert of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and in Goldsboro, the N.C. Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wayne County present a showcase of local musicians and readings from the fantastic African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina guidebook.

Visitors to Historic Edenton Saturday will be able to meet Redcoat and Patriot soldiers, watch weapons demonstrations and experience camp life during the site’s fun-filled historical day focused on the Revolutionary War. In Southport, the N.C. Maritime Museum will offer bicycle tours focusing on this history of its hometown, while the 13th Amendment will make a rare appearance at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center in Kinston.

In Raleigh, staff from the N.C. Museum of History will tell tales of Blackbeard and other buccaneers while kids have the chance to make pirate-themed crafts. The museum will also present a panel discussion on pottery and the craft’s deep history in the Tar Heel state. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will show the fun film Saving Mr. Banks, which tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins, while across the state in Asheville, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti for an original reading.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play two distinct concerts of Mozart’s finest pieces in Cary, and Bennett Place in Durham will showcase Civil War camp life during its interactive living history program.

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