Press Releases

Enjoy the Magic of Stagville Under the Stars

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Share a captivating evening of African folk tales of the sun, moon and stars at the program, “Stagville Under the Stars,” Friday, Aug. 24, 8 to 10 p.m., at Historic Stagville. This is a new summer presentation of the popular winter event.

Symposium at Aycock Birthplace to Examine PTSD from WWI to Modern Times

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

For many doughboys, World War I did not end when they returned home. Their lingering memories of the horrors endured in the trenches became known as “shell shock.” Today we know it as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Aycock Birthplace State Historic Site will host a daylong symposium, “A Lingering Shadow: From Battlefield Trauma in World War I to a Modern Perspective on PTSD,” Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will shine a light on what can be a very dark experience. The symposium coincides with the opening of the traveling exhibition, “North Carolina and the Great War.”

Tobacco Myths and Harvest Celebration at Duke Homestead

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tobacco built and shaped the Durham that we know today thanks largely to the Duke family that started their manufacturing tobacco business in Durham. Duke Homestead will share two free programs in August focused on the history and culture of tobacco. An examination of tobacco myths Saturday, Aug. 18, and a celebration of harvest Saturday, Aug. 25, will offer a well-rounded picture of raising tobacco in North Carolina.

Wolfe Memorial Announces, “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Asheville native Thomas Wolfe is best known for his novels but wrote many short stories as well. In anticipation of the 118th October birthday celebration for Wolfe, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial invites students and teachers to participate in the 2018 “Telling Our Stories” Student Writing Competition. Entries can be accepted now through Saturday, Oct. 6.

Behind the Scenes Tours at State Capitol Sept. 22

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Visitors have another chance to visit behind the scenes spaces at the State Capitol Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. On this special tour, guests will have access to the Capitol’s “secret spaces,” as well as behind the ropes access to most of the building!

Play in the Clay Day at Town Creek Indian Mound

Monday, August 6, 2018

It’s a medium that’s as old as dirt and lots of fun. “Play in the Clay Day” at Town Creek speaks to the inner child of every age. See how the Pee Dee culture took advantage of the area’s abundant supply of clay Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a free program.

CSS Neuse: From Salvage to Salvation

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The remnants of the Confederate ironclad CSS Neuse sit in a climate-controlled facility in downtown Kinston, a far cry from the bottom of the Neuse River. How it got there is explained in a new exhibit at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center designed by East Carolina University graduate student Samantha Bernard. She is enrolled in the maritime studies program through the history department at ECU, and the exhibit explains the process and purpose of underwater archaeology.

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