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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… March 19, 2012

1). N.C. State Capitol will host the lecture "Between Heaven and Hell: Raleigh and the End of the Civil War," by historian Ernest Dollar on Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. Dollar will explore the end of the Civil War through letters, diaries and photographs. These documents reveal the excitement and sadness of Raleigh citizens as they experienced one of the greatest times of change in American history. The free lecture will take place in the historic House Chamber on the second floor of the State Capitol.

2). Fort Fisher State Historic Site As part of Park Day 2012, individual and group volunteers are needed on Saturday, March 31, 2012, to help beautify and preserve Fort Fisher State Historic Site, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, which once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. Park Day, now in its 16th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Civil War Trust to assist with the maintenance of America’s Civil War sites.

3). High Point Museum The High Point Museum Guild is pleased to announce a very informative program concerning our city’s history, “A Memorial to Civil War Veterans and Others Interred at the Oakwood Cemetery.” Findings from this recent and original research project by Larry Brandon will be presented Wednesday, March 21 at 10 am. The program is divided into three parts. The first part concentrates on the Civil War veterans (not all of them are confederates); the second on Laura Wesson, the pioneer nurse of North Carolina and her family; and the third on other interesting veterans from the Spanish-American War and World War I. Brandon has identified over 100 veterans interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

4). Museum of the Albemarle Join the Museum of the Albemarle and learn about “Victory” gardens during “Pre-Schooler Time” on Wednesday, March 21, at 10:00 am. Participants must be between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-Schoolers will discover the importance of the “victory” gardens during World War I and II, learn what types of seeds were planted, how vegetables were used, read a book, and participate in a hands-on experience. This is a free family program.

5). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s newest installation in the Spadefish Gallery combines aquatic life with the time-honored tradition of quilting in “Quilters by the Sea”, which opened March 1. The new exhibit, which runs through the end of May, features 29 unique and colorful quilts handmade by the local Quilters by the Sea Guild. These stunning displays of art are all aquatic-themed and incorporate both traditional and modern quilt designs. Quilts represent a wide range of subjects from tropical sea life to fly fishing.

6). Guilford College Art Gallery presents “Visiting Artist Phoebe Washburn” on Tuesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Guilford College Bryan Jr. Auditorium. Free and Open to the Public. New York-based installation artist Phoebe Washburn creates monumental-scale works utilizing discarded and recycled materials such as wood from pallets, cardboard boxes and newspaper, and fish tanks. Her painstaking process involves elements of chance and obsessive repetition.

7). Natural Science Center of Greensboro presents “Starlight Serenade with Lee & Sarah Atkinson” on Thursday, March 22 / 8-9pm. Experience an amazing live music concert by the folk duo, Lee and Sarah Atkinson, under the stars of the Natural Science Center's 40 foot OmniSphere Dome Theater. Visitors can listen to the harmonizing a cappella music of this local mother-daughter duo and be entertained by a Stargazing Show of the night sky on the full dome screen. Tickets are $5/person and advanced ticket purchase is suggested as seating is limited. Call 288-3769 to purchase. Click here for more info on the band.

8). The Bascom presents “Emerging Artists: Frank Vickery” from March 24- May 10 in the Atrium Gallery. Every year, a graduate student from Western Carolina University is chosen to install his or her thesis exhibition at The Bascom. Frank Vickery, the honoree this year, is no stranger to us. He has been with our institution as an intern and is currently The Bascom's Ceramics Program Manager. Frank has been selected for the quality of his work, his dedication to the field of ceramics and his enthusiastic ability to share his talent with others. Join us for the opening reception for this exhibition on Saturday, March 24 from 5-7 pm. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Koski Family Foundation.

9). HandsOn! NanoDays at Hands On! is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Hands On! is proud to be 1 of 200 institutions in the United States, and 1 of 8 in North Carolina to host this event this year. Come to the Nano Days Kickoff Celebration on Friday, March 23rd. This all day celebration includes: Science Experiments, Demonstrations & Exhibits 10am-12 noon & 2-4 pm throughout museum. Visitors will investigate super thin materials used in solar cell technology, and change the color of a butterfly’s wings! Other activities include an I Spy Nano game and examining real nano gold.

10). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort presents “Civil War Living History Day” in Beaufort! On Saturday March 24th re-enactors will be present at various locations in historic Beaufort. From the old burying ground and Beaufort Historic site to the Maritime Museum and Watercraft Center. Come experience this time of separation between the states and learn how Beaufort survived the war. For a complete schedule of events visit the museum website and click on the “Watched by Sound & Sea: Occupied Beaufort, 1862” logo.


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