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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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An annual celebration of wooden boats in Beaufort, a film festival in Raleigh and vintage motorcycles on display in Spencer are just of the 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 help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort for displays of historic vessels, educational activities and boatbuilding displays as part of its 41st Annual Wooden Boat Show throughout the weekend.

 

 

2. Experience stories of the Tar Heel State’s past and present as told through film Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History’s inaugural Longleaf Film Festival Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

3. Delve into the stories of the women of Hatteras Island Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum as part of the Hatteras Storytelling Festival.

 

 

4. Hear about the history behind Civil War monuments Saturday at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

5. Learn how you can use online resources for genealogical research Saturday at the State Library in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Enjoy the moving sound of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and other American masterworks as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in WilmingtonSouthern Pines, New Bern and Raleigh.

 

 

7. Ride into the past at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

8.  Take a musical journey through North Carolina’s sights, sounds and culture Sunday during a concert at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Explore the connections between modern and contemporary art during a panel discussion at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

10. Celebrate the first Friday of May with half off admission to N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit 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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A new exhibit of historical photographs of the mountains in Asheville, a beer tasting to kick off North Carolina Beer Month in Raleigh and opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny and go on Easter egg hunts around the state 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 nine suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. Discover the history and archaeology of whaling in North Carolina during a talk Thursday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.
2. Go on an Easter egg hunt and celebrate spring with other fun activities in the shadow of the Battleship North Carolina Saturday in Wilmington.

3. Kick off North Carolina Beer Month with a beer tasting Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.
4. Take your kids to Tryon Palace in New Bern Saturday afternoon for games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt on the South Lawn.
5. Meet the Easter Bunny, dye and decorate eggs and take part in an Easter egg hunt on the grounds of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) Friday in Winston-Salem.

6. Ride the Easter Bunny Express with your family throughout the weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. An Easter egg hunt and breakfast with the Easter Bunny will also be offered Saturday.
7. Explore the N.C. Museum of Art’s galleries after dark Friday in Raleigh, while Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band play in the background.
8. Check out a traveling exhibit of Horace Kephart’s iconic photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains, open at the DCR Western Office in Asheville for the first time this weekend.

9. See what it took to rebuild Tryon Palace in the 1950s in a new exhibit of photographs opening Sunday in New Bern.

Keep in mind that most of our historic sites and museums will be closed for the state holidays on Friday and Sunday. Call ahead before you visit to make sure they’re open.

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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A concert of the best local music in Winston-Salem, the opening of an expanded Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit in Beaufort and a Dutch-inspired tour and art session 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.
Here are seven suggestions to help you make the most of your time:
1. Hear some of the best local music in Winston-Salem Saturday when the Triad Music Festival’s main stage comes to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

2. Discover newly-restored artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort opens an expanded Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit Saturday.

3. Take a journey through our nation’s civil rights history in song and stories Friday andSaturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

4. Enjoy performances of Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” in Southern Pines on Thursday, Raleigh on Friday and Saturday, and Wilmington on Sunday.

5. Check out (and participate in) the new Collective Actions exhibition at SECCA in Winston-Salem throughout the weekend.

6. See works by the Dutch masters in N.C. Museum of Art’s collection in Raleigh Saturday and then create your own art inspired by the tour.

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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Looking for something to do with your out-of-town relatives this Thanksgiving weekend?  Concerts of seasonal music in Raleigh and holiday-themed tours in Edenton and New Bern are just a few of our offerings.

Here are five suggestions to get you started:

1. Hear some seasonal and classical favorites performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

2. Celebrate Turkey Day aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington. The ship will be open Thursday for regular, self-guided tours.

3. Take a holiday tour of the historic buildings at Historic Edenton Saturday and Sunday.

4. Explore the Tar Heel state’s rich film and television history at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The museum and its new Starring North Carolina! exhibit are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

5. Kick off your holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday, Saturday and Sunday with kids’ crafts, seasonally-themed tours and a visit with Father Christmas.

Keep in mind that nearly all of our historic sites and museums are closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, and many will remain closed Friday in observance of the holiday.

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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See booty from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, like this cannon, at the
Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab open house Saturday in Greenville.

The debut of an exhibit on film in Raleigh, a Civil War weekend in New Bern and a glimpse into the conservation of booty recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship 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 fun starts Thursday when the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort tells the story behind the 33-foot sperm whale skeleton that hangs in its main gallery, while the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras shows a maritime-themed movie and helps kids create a related craft. In Elizabeth City, the Museum of the Albemarle will offer a hands-on kids program focusing on the different kinds of teapots, and in Raleigh, staff at the N.C. Museum of Art will help kids and parents explore people in art together.

Friday, the N.C. Museum of Art will screen the 1940s thriller Secret beyond the Door andkeep its galleries open late for visitors to explore after dark, while Tryon Palace in New Bern will give kids the chance to see what life was like for a royal governor’s cook in the 18th century.

Greenville‘s Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab will open its doors Saturday for the public to see the conservation of artifacts recovered Blackbeard’s flagship first hand, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport offers bike tours of its hometown. In Pineville, the President James K. Polk Historic Site will celebrate its namesake’s birthday with historic cooking demonstrations, children’s games and a birthday cake, while Historic Halifax willoffer a historical holiday decorations workshop. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will also debut its Starring North Carolina! exhibit Saturday. The landmark exhibit features artifacts, images and video from films and television shows produced in the Tar Heel State.

The weekend wraps up Sunday with a concert by internationally-renowned pianist Peter Toth at the N.C. Museum of Art.

Throughout the weekend, Fort Dobbs in Statesville will put on a military timeline programwhere visitors can meet soldiers from across American history, while Tryon Palace will have interactive discussions, Civil War-themed tours and a living history encampment as part of its Civil War weekend. The N.C. Symphony will play concerts featuring Bach’s famous Brandenburg Concertos in Raleigh, Southern Pines, Wilmington and Chapel Hill.

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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Halloween is just around the corner, and North Carolina’s state historic sites and museums are celebrating in a whole bunch of neat ways. To help you get the most of your limited time, we’ve collected the ten of the best ways you can get culture on this Halloween:

1. Take your kids trick or treating aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington.

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2. See how the Victorians mourned their dead on one of Duke Homestead’s Widows and Wakes tours in Durham.

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3. Hear about one of the spookier items in the N.C. Museum of Art’s permanent collection before watching a local magician and sipping on a beer in Raleigh.

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4. Learn about the “secret” history of pumpkins, sample pumpkin-based foods and paint a pumpkin of your own at Historic Stagville in Durham.

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5. Enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates and other mysteries of the Lower Cape Fear region at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

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6. Take your kids to hear the ghoulish sounds of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice performed by the N.C. Symphony in Raleigh.

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7. See how Halloween was celebrated around the turn of the 19th century on a night tour of the Poe House in Fayetteville.

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8. Meet friendly ghosts on the grounds of Tryon Palace in New Bern after celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” with crafts, games, spooky stories and a 1940s-inspired radio show.

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9. Trick or treat through the Tar Heel State’s history at the N.C. Museum of History’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit in Raleigh.

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10. Meet a pirate at Halloween in Halifax after seeing Blackbeard’s booty in the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit.

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Our event offerings don’t stop after Halloween, so be sure to stay tuned to our events calendar and sign up for our weekly event emails to stay in the loop.

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