Activities Held March 15-16 at Academy Museum, Historic Homes, N.C. History Center
NEW BERN -- Discover the impact the Civil War had on American families as Tryon Palace brings the 1860s back to life during "Civil War Weekend: A Family Divided." Held March 15-16, Civil War Weekend includes a military encampment, cannon drills, take-home crafts, special tours, and the grand opening of a new Civil War exhibit at the Academy Museum entitled, "Face to Face: Civil War Sketches and Stories."
"This year, I think Civil War Weekend is bringing a level of excitement to the Academy Museum that we haven't seen in several years," said Philippe Lafargue, acting director for Tryon Palace. "We have activities occurring all over the site, but at the Academy it's going to be very busy with the Confederate encampment, cannon drills, and the most interesting of all, our new Civil War exhibit."
"Face to Face" invites visitors to experience New Bern's Occupation through the eyes of African Americans, Confederates, Union soldiers, and women caught between both North and South. Spanning the March 1862 invasion of Burnside's forces, through the devastation of the 1864 yellow fever epidemic, "Face to Face" reveals the daily lives of both military officials and citizens under their rule through artifacts, audiovisual panels, compelling stories, and period images. Medicine, emancipation, education, espionage, and traditional mourning of the dead are some of the themes explored through the framework of wartime and its challenges. This exhibit also brings together sketches by soldier-artists, including Tryon Palace's own Fred W. Smith collection, portraying scenes of civilian and camp life.
RALEIGH -- Due to adverse weather conditions, several N.C. State Historic Sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources are operating on different schedules March 7.
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KINSTON, N.C. - This Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m., the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources' State Underwater Archeology team will be on the Neuse River to search for remnants of the ironclad CSS Neuse using the latest in high resolution technology. Their vessel, a 23' boat named the R/V Snap dragon II, will patrol the river between the King Street bridge and the Queen Street bridge for about five hours. The focus of the expedition will be to gather data on any objects from the Confederate built ironclad that was destroyed in March 1865.
There will be an initial pre-launch briefing at 10 a.m. at the boat ramp off Highway 70 in Kinston and a follow-up briefing at 4 p.m. to reveal what was discovered during this innovative survey mission.
"The Neuse River is in great condition for this project right now," said John Morris III, Deputy State Underwater Archeologist for the Department of Cultural Resources. "The river is currently high enough to conduct this type of investigative work." The river survey is a combined project between the Office of State Archeology and State Historic Sites, both divisions of the N. C. Department of Cultural Resources.
MOUNT GILEAD -- Town Creek Indian Mound will host "Town Creek Under Stars" Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. Participants will view the nearly full Moon and learn fun moon facts. The March full moon, called many different things by various American Indian tribes, was an important one that marked the end of cold weather and the beginning of spring
Another highlight of the evening will be viewing the Owl Cluster (NGC 457), an open cluster with nearly 100 stars situated in the constellation Cassiopeia. It gets is name from its owl shape, or even its E.T.-like resemblance to the popular movie alien. The Owl Cluster lies 7,900 light years away and is estimated to be 21 million years old.
"While the full moon does not occur until the following evening, we'll still look on it with joy and anticipation of warmer days to come, as I am sure American Indians did," says Site Manager Rich Thompson.
$25,000 grant supports School Bus Scholarship Fund
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has received a grant from the John William Pope Foundation for $25,000 in support of the Museum’s School Bus Scholarship Fund. The NCMA School Bus Scholarship Fund, which was launched in 2008 to provide funding to North Carolina schools requiring financial assistance to transport students to the Museum, must be replenished annually.
“This grant will ensure that more students from across North Carolina will experience the treasures of their state's art museum,” says Museum director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are incredibly thankful for the support from the John William Pope Foundation, as it helps guarantee that students will have the opportunity to visit the Museum’s collection despite their school's geographic distance and financial limitations.”
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