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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

NCMC Events From Around the State… April 30, 2012

1). Haywood Arts Council/Waynesville  presents "Through the Lens" an exhibition of work by four western North Carolina photographers at various stages of their careers. Organized by Anna Fariello, her work combines her career as a curator and photographer in her approach to documenting objects and human-made environments. In turning her camera lens to various "cultural crossroads," Fariello focuses on the cultural landscape, shooting in rural, Native American, and Latin American communities to capture the ironies between traditional lifestyles and contemporary life. Exhibit open during the month of May with a meet-the-artists reception on Friday, May 4th from 6 to 9 pm.

2). HandsOn!  Hands On!-A Child’s Gallery, the children’s museum in downtown Hendersonville, is excited to announce the popular “Let’s Get Moving!” program on Wednesday, May 2nd at 11 am. Please join guest instructor, Kaye Brownlee from the Henderson County Department of Public Health. Kaye has an engaging program to help little ones learn the importance of exercise and movement. Cost to attend is included in $5 admission and is free for museum members. Limited spaces so please call to sign-up.

3). Historic Oak View County Park  presents “Antique Automobile Show” on May 5, 2012; 10am-4pm. Relive automobile history at the Antique Auto Show. The Triangle Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will also be assembling their 1917 Take Apart Model T at 11:30am and 2:30pm!

4). Hunter Library Western Carolina University  is releasing “Stories of Mountain Folk”, a new digital collection. “Stories of Mountain Folk” is an all-sound oral history collection produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a western North Carolina not-for-profit. The archived files were created from a series of radio interviews that aired weekly on a local radio station. Over 150 half-hour radio programs capture “local memory” detailing traditions, events, and life stories of mountain people. A wide range of interviewees include down-home gardeners, herbalists, and farmers, as well as musicians, artists, local writers, and more. The collection can be accessed from:

5). N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort  “Maritime Folklore”, Were mermaids really manatees mistaken by dehydrated and malnourished sailors? Were sea monsters really whales and squids? Learn more about the stories that have been passed down throughout time from one sailor to another and how they have grown over the years into legends. Join Museum Educator Christine Brin for this free lecture. Wednesday, May 9 at noon.

6). Museum of the Albemarle  The Museum of the Albemarle is requesting to borrow artifacts and images in relation to early northeastern North Carolina sports. Did you or a family member play for the Ahoskie War Hawks, the Chowan Bees, the Edenton Colonials, the Coastal Plain Baseball League or even the St. Louis Cardinals? Did you play football or basketball for a professional team or in high schools such as Hobbsville Consolidated School, Poplar Branch High School, and Windsor High School? The borrowed artifacts will be a part of the Sports and Leisure section of the Museum’s main gallery entitled “Our Story.”

7). Somerset Place State Historic Site will host a lecture, "Surgery and Medicine during the American Civil War," on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m., at the Vernon James Conference Center near Plymouth, N.C. Disease reportedly caused more death than combat during the war, and presenter Dr. Yusuf Saleeby will speak on injuries and diseases, and also exhibit his collection Civil War medical instruments in a free program. Prior to the Civil War, Somerset Place was one of the Upper South's largest plantations. Over the life of the plantation it was home to more than 800 enslaved, 50 white and two free black employees.

8). N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences  Imagine spending more than 200 days traveling at 17,500 miles per hour, 250 miles above the Earth. Better yet, meet a man who did it. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh welcomes NASA Astronaut and North Carolina native William McArthur Jr. on Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm to discuss his time in space. Main auditorium. Free. Beginning at 6pm, visitors can also enjoy snacks and beverages, a poster session, and a free NASA exhibit on the second floor.

9). Battleship NORTH CAROLINA  Cary Children’s Concert Choir and Cary Youth Chorale of Cary, North Carolina, will perform on the Fantail of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA at noon on May 5, 2012. These musicians ranging in grade levels 3-9 will sing a variety of patriotic pieces that emphasize conflict, resolution, hope, peace and unity, including choral pieces memorializing World War II and 9/11. The feature is a medley of all the anthems of the branches of the armed services. This engaging 30 minute performance will begin at Noon and is included with general paid admission to the Ship.

10). N.C. Department of Cultural Resources  North Carolina native son Thelonious Monk was known as the ultimate hipster and a virtuoso musician. His third copyrighted composition, "Round Midnight" is the most recorded jazz standard of all time. Along with Dizzy Gillepsie, he is credited with being an architect of the bebop jazz style. To recognize Monk's singular achievements in the world of jazz, a N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated to him on Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m., in Rocky Mount at U.S. 64 East and North Washington Streets.


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