NCMC Events From Around the State… August 3, 2009
1). Mint Museum of Art The Mint Museum has acquired an early 19th century portrait by John Singleton Copley, one of the greatest and most influential painters in colonial America. St. Cecilia, a Portrait (Mrs. Richard Crowninshield Derby)(1803) is the first painting by Copley to enter the Mint’s collection. The painting and its original period frame were donated by longtime Museum supporters Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III of Wilmington, N.C.
2). CSS Neuse/Caswell Memorial The sound of colonial cannons firing, the sight of patriot troops drilling and the smell of an old-fashioned summer picnic will fill the eyes and ears at the CSS Neuse State Historic Site-Governor Richard Caswell Memorial on Saturday, Aug. 15, during a celebration of America’s independence. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., families can enjoy a free living history program recalling life in the 18th-century British army and how Continental soldiers, sailors and their families lived, fought and died during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).
3). Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site Recent archaeological excavations at Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site have uncovered evidence that man lived at the site as far back as 13,000 years ago, some 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. Digs conducted June 22-26 uncovered a spear point thought to be the oldest artifact ever found at Town Creek, once the home of what archaeologists now call the Pee Dee people.
4). Hickory Museum of Art The Hickory Art Museum announces the opening of Please Do Not Re-Shelve the Mushrooms, a “printstallation” by Erin Tapley as a part of the Local Artist Series exhibitions. Tapley’s “printstallation” has transformed the Gifford Gallery while her prints are donned in the Regal Gallery through September 20, 2009. The Whittier, North Carolina artist coined the term “printstallation” in 1996 to describe her innovative method of creating “an atmosphere as the artwork” using printmaking techniques.
5). Museum of the Albemarle Explore the architecture of Elizabeth City with this hands-on photography workshop at the Museum of the Albemarle, August 5 and 6 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. During this two day photography workshop, 6th-12th grade students will learn about historic architecture and how it has been preserved on many buildings and homes in Elizabeth City. Participants will be supplied with a camera and will explore the downtown area in order to document different architectural features. Student photography will be put on display in the museum.
6). Fort Fisher State Historic Site Travel back in time as you listen to local musician John Golden tell the tales of running the blockade. Mr. Golden will perform throughout the day on Saturday August 8th at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm in the Fort Fisher visitor center. Experience life on the Cape Fear River from a Civil War perspective as you listen to one of Wilmington’s favorite performers.
7). Gregg Museum of Art & Design The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University is pleased to host Inspired Design: Jacquard and Entrepreneurial Textiles from August 20 – October 4, 2009. The exhibit consists of both national and international leading artists of innovative textile design, including a variety of computer designed textile applications. A reception will be held Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 6-8 pm.
8). Port Discover Parts of a Plant is set for Port Discover’s Second Saturday Science, Saturday, August 8 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dr. Jeffrey Rousch, chair and assistant professor of Biology at Elizabeth City State University, will guide the young scientists through a plant identification program including collecting plant samples, discovering plant characteristics using binomial keys and magnifying glasses, and learning how to make a herbarium press at home.
9). N.C. Transportation Museum The N.C. Transportation Museum and the N.C. Humanities Council will showcase the history of one of the most traveled roads in North Carolina Saturday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m. This program, entitled Super Scenic Motorway: The Blue Ridge Parkway Nobody Knows, features author Anne Mitchell Whisnant. The writer’s presentation will detail how the 469 mile parkway was planned and built.