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By Admin on Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:53 PM

GREENVILLE -- Just in from the Atlantic Ocean, the 23rd cannon recovered from the Queen Anne's Revenge wreck site will be one of the stars of the free Open House at the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The 4 foot cannon and other artifacts recovered during the Oct. 6-27 expedition will be displayed. It's an ideal opportunity for those fascinated by pirates, archaeology and interested in conservation. No registration is required.

The open house will allow visitors of all ages to learn about recovery and conservation of Blackbeard's cannons, and even take a picture with the cannon most recently recovered. Guests can look through a microscope at the smallest objects recovered over the years and see mysteries revealed in x-rays.

Archaeologists with the Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources executed the fall excavation at the wreck site of Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge (QAR), near Beaufort. In addition to the cannon, nine cannonballs, bar shot halves, an iron bolt and a grenade were recovered. 

By Admin on Monday, October 27, 2014 5:11 PM

RALEIGH -- Today, former Governor James G. Martin donated some of his personal and historical artifacts from his tenure as governor to the North Carolina Museum of History. Governor Pat McCrory joined in the ceremony and thanked Governor Martin for his donations and legacy of public service.

“I would like to thank Governor Martin for donating these timeless artifacts to the North Carolina Museum of History and also thank him for the legacy he has left behind in North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “These donations present a picture of an engaged, well-rounded statesman who led our state in such a positive direction and who has continued to shape it to this day." 

At the event, Governor Martin played a quick tune on the tuba and demonstrated how to use the Rubik’s Cube.  

By Admin on Monday, October 27, 2014 3:34 PM

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) announces that George Holt, the NCMA’s director of performing arts and film, has been selected to receive a 2014 Raleigh Medal of Arts by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission. The Raleigh Medal of Arts is awarded for extraordinary lifetime achievement in the practice or support of local arts.

“It’s wonderful to be honored by the Raleigh Arts Commission for a long and privileged career in the arts,” says Holt. “It’s been my good fortune to have worked with so many talented artists from throughout North Carolina and the world during my years with the North Carolina Arts Council and the NCMA. The recognition is icing on the cake!”

As director of performing arts and film at the NCMA, Holt is responsible for developing and producing a diverse schedule of indoor and outdoor movies and concerts. Summer performances, which take place in the 2,900-capacity Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park, range from local musicians and folk singers to internationally acclaimed rock bands. The Museum’s year-round film program includes an indoor fall classic film series and a series of popular movies screened outdoors in the summer. 

By Admin on Monday, October 27, 2014 1:47 PM

RALEIGH -- The exhibit Starring North Carolina! at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is part of a larger celebration that features a monthly film series, the Longleaf Film Festival and programs for all ages. Beginning in January, the museum will offer Hollywood-themed lunches for groups of 10 or more. Choose from plenty of happenings that will complement the blockbuster exhibit, on view from Nov. 15, 2014, through Sept. 6, 2015. 

By Admin on Monday, October 27, 2014 11:30 AM

RALEIGH -- Premiering Saturday, Nov. 15 ─ Starring North Carolina! ─ the first major exhibit about the state’s role in the film industry. The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh presents this blockbuster exhibit celebrating North Carolina’s films, television shows, cast members and production crews. The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Through Sept. 6, 2015, see costumes and props from movies and television shows: “Bull Durham,” “Last of the Mohicans,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Sleepy Hollow” and dozens more. Learn how the Tar Heel State became one of the nation’s top film and television production locations and home to the largest film studio outside of California ─ EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.  

Starring North Carolina! tells a fascinating story that spans 100 years,” says Camille Hunt, Exhibit Team Leader. “Some 3,000 films and television programs have been made here, beginning in the early 1900s with silent movies that were shot in western North Carolina.” 

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