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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.

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.

Morrow Mountain State Park Adds 45 Acres at Mountain Creek

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Morrow Mountain State Park added 45 acres of land south of Mountain Creek to its holdings this summer. The new property includes more than 3,000 linear feet of frontage on Mountain Creek, a pristine stream home to rare mussels.

Pilot Mountain State Park to Celebrate 50 Years

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pilot Mountain State Park in Surry and Yadkin counties will celebrate its 50th anniversary this month with a day full of events at the park. The area near the big and little pinnacles in the Sauratown Mountains became a state park in 1968. The park now consists of more than 3,800 acres and includes a section along the Yadkin River.  

Pirate Weekend in Historic Bath

Thursday, July 12, 2018

From Stede Bonnet to Blackbeard himself, people have long been fascinated with pirates, which are part of North Carolina history. Who were they? Where did they live? What did they wear? How did they become pirates? Discover pirates as the streets of the town of Bath will be filled with them for the “Pirates in the Port” program July 21, 10 a.m.

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