(From May 8-15, 2007)
SAVE A DATE: The N.C. Museums Council has set firm dates for its 2008 Annual Meeting & Conference, to be held in Fayetteville. Set aside March 4-7, 2008 on your calendar (but don't worry, we WILL remind you) and join us for another great learning and networking experience.
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts, Wilmington, will hold its next African-American History Day on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (regular museum admission). Upcoming dates are June 16, September 22 and December 6 (www.bellamymansion.org).
North Carolina State University has completed the official naming of its museum established in 1979 as the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, as of April 29.
The History Museum of Burke County, Morganton, will host a lecture by Perry Deane Young and Maxine McCall, discussing "Separating Fact from Fantasy about Frankie Silver," from 2-4 p.m. on May 19th. The program is free, but reservations are requested at 828-437-1777 in case turnout might require a change of venue. The Museum's current exhibit is "Spring-A Botanical Thing!" featuring the 18th-century visit to Burke County by French botanist Andre Michaux.
Author Colin Woodard will discuss the Golden Age of Piracy with a free lecture at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16 -- Visitor Center Auditorium, Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens, New Bern. On May 17, Dr. Frank Smith will lecture on John Caraway and William Henry Singleton: Civil War to Civil Rights, as part of the African American Lecture series (7 p.m., free, Visitor Center Auditorium).
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum has opened a new exhibit, "John Henry Moss and the South Atlantic Baseball League," which will remain at the museum through August 31.
Additional events that are part of the National Historic Preservation Month celebrations in Greensboro include free Walking Wednesday tours on May 23/Downtown Greensboro (meet at 7 p.m. at the Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St.) and on May 30/Fisher Park (meet at 7 p.m. on the steps of Temple Emanuel, N. Greene and Florence streets).
The Asheville Art Museum will feature a presentation by Stacy Mertin on Douglas Ellington's Asheville Buildings on Friday, May 18, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., as part of National Preservation Month. The Museum will hold its opening reception for "A Tale of Two Cities: Eugene Atget's Paris and Berenice Abbott's New York," from 5-7 p.m. on May 25.
At the N.C. State Capitol, Raleigh, upcoming events include the original N.C. Ordinance of Secession on display in the House Chamber on May 18, 19 and 20; and a Memorial Day Observance with a military encampment on the grounds on May 28th (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
History a la Carte: Home Front Heroines will be at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th, by presenter Jennifer Biser, at the N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. The next Music of the Carolinas will feature The Healing Force, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. And the N.C. Military Historical Society Symposium, "The Old and the New," is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th. To register, visit email@example.com.
Live! At The Arsenal: Military Through the Ages will be on Saturday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, Fayetteville. An Arsenal Roundtable is at 7 p.m. on May 24th. Call 910-486-1330 for more on either event.
Bland Simpson will talk about his newest book, The Inner Islands: A Carolinian's Sound Country Chronicle, at 7 p.m. on May 10th, at the Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. On May 16th at 7 p.m., Colin Woodward will discuss The Republic of Pirates. Call 252-335-1453 for more info.
Colin Woodward will also discuss The Republic of Pirates at the N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15th. "What We Learn from Sea Turtles" will be the topic at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.
"A Time To Decide" (honoring May 20, 1775) will be held at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th at the Charlotte Museum of History. A World War II encampment will be offered on Saturday, June 2 from 10-4.
A Spring Garden Party (reservations required) will be held on Saturday, May 19th on behalf of Newbold-White House, near Hertford (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more).
The Local Artist Series exhibit: Paul Brizzi runs from May 19 through August 19 at the Hickory Museum of Art, and "American Light: From the Hudson River to the Blue Ridge" will be up from May 26-October 14.
Behind the Scenes Tours are on tap at the N.C Aquarium at Fort Fisher at 11:30 a.m. on May 10 and 17, and 1 p.m. on May 13 and May 20. For other activities at Fort Fisher and other aquariums, visit www.ncaquariums.com.
On Sunday, May 20, the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington will host For Dogs and Dog Lovers: Culture and Canines from 2-5 p.m. (admission by donation). Leashed dogs are welcome to participate with their humans. On Thursday, May 24, Music And Dancing features the Wilmington Big Band from 7-10 p.m. ($12 members, $20 non-members). The Museum will be closed for Memorial Day on May 28th.
Several Greensboro institutions, including Weatherspoon Art Museum, ArtQuest, Blandwood, Greensboro Historical Museum and Tannenbaum Historic Park are teaming up with a new Teen Curators Workshop, June 11-15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to students age 13-16 -- details available at http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu or 336-334-5770.
Students will present a performance of My Body, My Culture, My Soul at the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 (free to the public). Also free is Target Third Thursdays: Live Jazz! on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.
Dr. Deborah Brosnan, "an acclaimed expert on ocean-related environmental issues," will speak on Friday, June 1 at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, beginning at 7 p.m. The talk will be preceded by an "eco-reception" at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the dinner; tickets are $25 for dinner and program, or $12 for the program alone (910-458-7468 / email@example.com to pre-register).
The Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning, the outdoor field station of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, is now open. The Eradication Extravaganza is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2 (register by calling 919-733-7450 ext. 525). Visit http://naturalsciences.org/prairieridge/visinfo.html.
The Sixth Asheville Wine Auction & Gala Dinner is scheduled for June 2, 2007, in support of the Asheville Art Museum. Tickets are $125 per person -- available at the Museum (www.ashevilleart.org for general information) or over the phone at 828-253-3227. The Museum will also screen "The Naked City" at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.
Two links have been recommended for those who may be interested in further information on "green museums": Sarah Brophy, a Maryland-based consultant, has a site at www.bmuse.net/greenmuseums.html, and a series of articles on the same topic can be found at
The Hickory Museum of Art will open "Poise: Works by Paul Brizzi" on May 19, with a Sneak Preview Reception on May 18 from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will remain through August 19.
The Onslow County Museum, Richlands, will hold "Fun & Games," a children's interactive discovery gallery, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 (free).
The High Point Museum Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. (Woman's Club of High Point) - advance tickets are required ($20 members/ $25 non-members -- 336-885-1859). James Shields will share his research on the Underground Railroad in Guilford County, N.C.
Once again, at the instigation of the N.C. Museums Council, Museum Week has been declared across the state of North Carolina for May 13-19. The text of the Governor's official proclamation is included below. You may wish to reflect the proclamation in some fashion at your individual institutions throughout the week. Materials indicating the significance and contribution of North Carolina museums will be shared with the General Assembly by the Council next week as well:
State of North Carolina, Museum Week 2007
By the Governor of the State of North Carolina
WHEREAS, North Carolina museums enhance the quality of life for all our citizens and attract more than 10 million visitors annually, thereby significantly contributing to our state's economy; and
WHEREAS, the local economies of our cities and counties are greatly enhanced by the efforts of these museums each year; and
WHEREAS, over 500 museums, zoos, aquariums, galleries, science centers, and local and regional historic sites in the state contribute to a high quality of cultural activity in all 100 North Carolina counties; and
WHEREAS, museums also strengthen the educational opportunities of North Carolina students and adults; and
WHEREAS, regular visits by school groups to the state's museums give children the chance to be exposed to outstanding examples of historical, natural and artistic exhibits; and
WHEREAS, museums offer learning opportunities which are not available in the classroom setting; and
WHEREAS, education is not limited to children; museums provide a lifelong learning experience for adults as well; and
WHEREAS, museums provide an understanding and awareness of culture and nature that can be rewarding for all our citizens;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL F. EASLEY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 13-19, 2007, as "MUSEUM WEEK" in North Carolina, and I urge our citizens to take advantage of the educational and cultural resources of the State's museums.
MICHAEL F. EASLEY
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand and seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.