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

Sunday, February 14, 2010

NCMC Events From Around the State… February 15, 2010

1). Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle will hold History Tales: Make It, Take It on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm. Elementary age students accompanied by an adult will learn the traditions and symbols of the popular holiday “Valentine’s Day”, view Valentine cards from the Museum’s collection and participate in a hands-on activity. The program is free to the public.

2). Orange County Historical Museum On February 20th, the exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present, is traveling from the Southern Historical Collection from University of North Carolina to Hillsborough. The exhibit and artifacts cover a variety of topics including enslavement, the Civil War and Reconstruction, education, community and the Civil Rights movement.

3). Asheville Art Museum The Asheville Art Museum invites you to participate in a Hands-On Workshop: Creating Mosaics with Jessica Levine from Tuesday, March 16 to Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. West Virginia resident Jessica Levine has produced over 40 mosaics throughout the United States working with community groups and organizations. She’ll lead participants through the step-by-step process, creating a mural over three days; participants will

4). Aycock Birthplace The Governor Charles B. Aycock Birthplace will hold a Civil War Trivia Bowl on February 18 at 7:00 pm. Registration is limited to 20 people but the event is free and open to the public. There will be prizes for first and second place.

5). Kings Mountain Historical Museum The Kings Mountain Historical Museum is proud to announce the opening of our new exhibit Early Inhabitants of the Western Piedmont which will run through May 1, 2010. This exhibit will feature private and other Museum collections of early pottery, basketry and weapons from the Native Indians and early pioneers that lived in the Western Piedmont many years ago.

6). Ava Gardner Museum United States Congressman Bob Etheridge has nominated the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, NC for the National Medal for Museum and Library Science. A program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

7). Greensboro Children’s Museum The Greensboro Children’s Museum will hold is annual Kickoff to Kindergarten Parent Days event on February 22nd from 11-1pm and 5-7pm. This drop-in event is free to the public and was created to help parents prepare for their child’s first day of Kindergarten. Knowing this time can be a stressful time, the Greensboro Children’s Museum planned this event to help ease the transition and supply parents with the information they need to know. Representatives from Guilford County Schools and other community pre-K resources will be available to answer questions regarding transportation, school health & nutrition, after-school options, English as a second language, PTA, and Kindergarten curriculums.

8). Cameron Art Museum Recollection: The Past is Present is an exhibition that brings together a collection of handmade quilts from the Mississippi Museum of Art and the work of three female artists: Amalia Amaki, Lillian Blades and Beverly Buchanan. The exhibition is organized by the Cameron Art Museum and will be on view February 19-June 20. The opening reception will be Thursday, March 18 from 6-7 pm and coincides with the North Carolina Black Film Festival, formerly Cine Noir.

9). The Bascom ( The first exhibition in the U.S. of works by award-winning Australian photographer Greg Newington will open at The Bascom this Friday, Feb. 19. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., with a gallery talk by Newington at 6:30. The exhibition, Photographic Works by Greg Newington, continues in the ground floor of The Bascom's main building Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through March 7. Admission is free.

Monday, February 08, 2010

NCMC Events From Around the State… February 8, 2010

1). Asheville Art Museum The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Andre Chaves titled Illustrated Books of the Arts & Crafts Era followed by a reception and tour of “Nouns: Children’s Book Artists Look at People, Places and Things” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Dr. Andre Chaves will present an illustrated talk about book illustrations from the 1880s and 1920s, with a special emphasis on children’s classics and renowned illustrators such as N.C. Wyeth.

2). N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences visits Port Discover for Dinosaur Discovery!, on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. Educators from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will lead an exploration into the awe-inspiring world of dinosaurs. Learn about the habits and lifestyles of dinosaurs while comparing live animals to these prehistoric wonders.

3). Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle will hold Pre-Schooler Time on Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 10:00 am until 10:45 am. Children must be between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will form a link to the Museum’s collection by viewing selected Valentines cards, read a story and participate in a creative activity.

4). Fort Anderson/Brunswick Town Just as they did in 1865, Union and Confederate forces will clash in battles over Ft. Anderson and Town Creek on Feb. 20-21, as the Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site commemorates the 145th anniversary of the Confederates’ final attempt to prevent Union soldiers from taking Ft. Anderson and ultimately Wilmington.

5). Greensboro Children’s Museum Dr. Joel Schwartz, author of Noses Are Red, a Humorous and Insightful Guide on How to Nurture Your Child's Sense of Humor, will speak at the Greensboro Children's Museum Friday, February 19th at 6:30pm.

6). N.C. Transportation Museum The N.C. Transportation Museum will honor Black History Month this February with a special program on the Tuskegee Airmen. Historian Leonard Hunter will speak about the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military fighter pilots. The program was originally scheduled for Feb. 6, but due to the threat of wintry weather, has been postponed to Feb. 13.