An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Fort Dobbs State Historic Site is in need of your help! Fort Dobbs has the opportunity to receive funding for the reconstruction of the 1756 fort. Please let our elected officials know how important this history of the fort is and ask them to support the reconstruction of the fort. Fort Dobbs is an important part of our North Carolina Heritage; it is the only French and Indian War site in the state. Friends of Fort Dobbs, the support group, needs you to show your support by emailing, calling, or snail-mailing the Gov. Easley and to let him know how you feel about Fort Dobbs. Find the governor’s email here.

Prairie Ridge, the field station of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has received a $69,760 grant from the State Energy Office of the N.C. Department of Administration to help in the development of sun- and wind-powered projects that will eliminate the use of fossil fuel-based energy at the site. The SEO funding will help purchase and install solar photovoltaic panels that will provide power to the existing outdoor classroom and a planned residential center. The grant also will fund the construction of a wind generator, which potentially will power an environmental monitoring station and communications system.

The Greensboro Children's Museum continues its Friday night half-price Fun for Families programs with Jumpin' Beans on Feb. 16, Mardi Gras Night on Feb. 23, Bingo Night on March 9, Jumpin' Beans on March 16 and 23, and a celebration of National Hot Dog Day on March 30.

Pianist Sandra Carlock will perform an all-MacDowell Concert (celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire) at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. $10, $8 for members and students.

The North Carolina Collection Gallery in Wilson Library, UNC-CH, will open Carolina Faces: The Photography of Don Sturkey this Thursday, Feb. 15. The free exhibition will remain open through May 31, 2007. Call 919-962-1172 or email.

The Asheville Art Museum
will have screenings of Cage/Cunningham on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, at 2 p.m.

The McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, is offering a four-week series, Screen Printing Smorgasbord, on Saturdays, March 3-24, from 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Resident teaching artist Janet Lasher will present a variety of styles. Visit their website for prices and space limitations.

Blacksmithing demonstrations will be given from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 in the Historical Park at the High Point Museum. Free, drop-in.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

In conjunction with its exhibition, Love, Live and Work: The Roycroft Legacy (through Feb. 25), the Asheville Art Museum will hold a lecture and tour with Special Projects Curator Lynne Poirier-Wilson from 5-7 p.m. on Sat., February 17 ($20 members, $25 non-members). Call Nancy Sokolove at (828) 253-3227, ext. 120 for details and registration. In the Piano Forte Series, John Cobb performs Bela Bartok this Sunday at 3 p.m.

During the weekend of Feb. 23-25, the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, will mark the 142nd anniversary of the Battle of Forks Road (Civil War) with a Living History Weekend with a variety of free activities. Visit their website or call (910) 395-5999 for details.

The Oriental History Museum will honor Black History Month with a free gathering feature two of the area's eldest gentlemen, at the Old Theater on Broad Street -- February 11 at 2 p.m. Call (252) 670-6318 or e-mail for more.

The New Bern Historical Society and 26th N.C. will hold a Civil War Weekend on the 145th anniversary of the Battle of New Bern, on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Call (252) 638-8558 for more information.

The Charlotte premiere of Perversion of Justice, a film by Melissa Mummert, will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 at The Light Factory's Knight Gallery, $7 tickets, shown at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Johnston County Heritage Center, Smithfield, will open its African American Music Makers of Johnston County exhibit at 10 a.m., Feb. 3, at the Center. A special musical program will also be held on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. in the Johnston County Agricultural Center Auditorium. For more, e-mail

Port Discover, Elizabeth City, has A Look at Your Teeth as the theme for is February 15th Toddler Time; the museum's monthly make-it activity is Solar Science Magic.

Discovery Place, Charlotte, will host the Body Worlds Exhibition, starting on June 13 and running through Oct. 28th. Advance general admission tickets go on sale on March 3; group sales is open now.

The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design Arts, Wilmington, has announced its sixth annual Building Community Lecture Series. They include: Snapshots of 1865, Dr. Chris Fonvielle (Feb. 27); Snapshot of 1898, LeRae Umfleet (March 6); Snapshot of 1966, Beverly Tetterton (March 13); and Snapshot of 2025, Dr. James Leutze (March 20). Venues vary. For details, prices and reservations, call the Historic Wilmington Foundation at (910) 762-2511.