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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NCMC Events From Around the State… May 26, 2014

1). Cape Fear Museum and Cameron Art Museum ( and present a free Gallery Talk: Henry MacMillan and the Art of War, at Cape Fear Museum, Williston Auditorium on Thursday, May 29th.  Social at 6:00pm, Program at 6:30pm.  Join Cape Fear Museum Curator Barbara Rowe and Cameron Art Museum Director Anne Brennan as they discuss Macmillan’s place in Wilmington’s art scene, his military service, and see how he used his talents to leave behind a fascinating look at war-torn Europe.  In 1942, Wilmingtonian MacMillan was a well-known artist and a part of a dynamic local art scene. In that same year, at the age of 35, he was drafted into the US Army.  MacMillan served with the 62nd Topographic Company and painted watercolors in the European Theater of Operations.  RSVP to reserve your seat, call Cindy 910-798-4372 or email

2). The Museum of the Albemarle ( invites you to the lecture series, “Back to the Past, with a 21st -Century Twist”.  On Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10 a.m., Museum volunteer Martha Ann will discuss the art of turning lamb’s wood into clothing.  She will also demonstrate the technique of spinning wool into thread.

3). The Department of Cultural Resources ( is hosting an all-day workshop on Friday, June 13 at Guilford College to explore the history, culture, and legacy of Freedom Roads and Freedom Seekers in North Carolina. Guilford College is an ideal location for this workshop, since it houses a large and important archive of materials documenting the critical role the Quaker Community played in regards to slavery during the Antebellum Period and the Civil War. The workshop is geared to museum and cultural property professionals, classroom teachers, and students (education, museum studies, public history, etc.).  The workshop is $30, and includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials. To register online visit: If you have any questions, please contact Schree Chavdarov at (919) 807-6516, or

4). The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum ( will celebrate its second birthday on Saturday, June 7 from 1-4.  The museum is open at 10 a.m. but on that day, let the party begin at 1!  Admission will be half price all day for children and adults.  Beginning at 1p.m., there will be cake, raffles and special exhibits.  Come help us celebrate and see our new items, watch the trains and have a chance to see toys and dolls from the past. The museum is located in Spencer across from the Transportation Center.  For more information check the web site:  or call 704.762.9359 

5). Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex ( welcomes Assistant Professor Alex Macaulay, Ph.D., from Western Carolina University on Sunday June 8, at 2:00 p.m.  Dr. Macaulay will present, “It’s Not Just a Game: Sports and Society in North Carolina”, to complement this year’s sports activities in the sandhills, including the centennial of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run, which took place in Fayetteville, and the men’s and women’s US Open championships in Pinehurst this summer.  This program will look at some of the people and events associated with these sports in order to better understand their place in the state’s economic and cultural history. This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For more information about the museum and other programs, please visit

6). Hands On! (, a Child’s Gallery, invites you to create a rose for National Rose Month in June. Tuesday, June 3rd – Friday, June 6th.  All day. All ages. Learn to create tissue paper roses and learn to draw a rose in our Art Area. Give your rose to someone you love! Free with $5 admission/free for members. Sponsored by Todd Webb, CPA PC.

7). The Matthews Heritage Museum ( will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday, June 7th.  A year ago, we welcomed over 250 people through our doors and have continued to welcome locals as well as visitors from afar and hundreds of school children. Celebrate with us Saturday, June 7.  Admission is FREE to all.  There will be museum guided tours all day.   Curley the Clown will be entertaining visitors from 11 am to 1 pm making balloon animals and figures.  Annie the Artist will set up her paints for arm painting in the afternoon. There is an opportunity for children to make their own birthday hat!  In addition guests can have birthday cake.  We will also sponsor a Matthews coloring contest for children ages 3 to 10.  Children will have a week to color and return their artwork to compete for a prize (certificate for free ice cream for the family).  Categories are for ages 3 & 4, 5 – 7 and 8– 10.  On the back of each entry the child should write his or her name, age and phone number and email, so we may contact the winners.   Deadline for the entry is June 14.  Winners will be notified. Also on display: Let’s Play Ball, a history of Matthews Athletic and Recreational Association. Come help your home town museum celebrate our first birthday of many more to come!  Museum hours: Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

8). The Asheville Art Museum ( invites you to a special First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, June 6 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. On the first Friday of each month through December, the Museum will participate in the Downtown Asheville Art District’s First Friday Art Walks from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Admission fee is pay-as-you-wish, and a donation bar will be available. Although all of the Museum’s galleries are open on First Fridays, this event will celebrate the opening of Farm to Table: American Silver with a special event: From Studio to Home: Handmade Cups. Bringing an exciting twist to the evening, local artists are creating hand-crafted ceramic and glass cups for this event. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne or wine with the purchase of a handmade cup.  In addition to the opening of the Farm to Table exhibition, Christiane Citron, granddaughter and scholar of artist Minna Citron, will be giving a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. to mark the opening of Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction.

9). N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( celebrates World Oceans Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 8. Aquarium staff and marine wildlife experts help visitors better understand the power we all have to protect the ocean. Throughout the day, guests can play and learn at Education Stations. Hands-on activities invite personal connections with shells, sharks, the ocean food web and much more. Atlanta-based Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” entertains all ages with several ocean-themed puppet shows, including songs and innovative characters, during the day. Steve Gerkin from the NC Zoo will also share his adventures studying polar bears. All the fun of World Oceans Day is free with Aquarium admission. World Oceans Day activities around the world support a healthy ocean and help people get involved in supporting solutions like clean energy choices, trash-free coasts, sustainable seafood and more.  The Ocean Project and World Ocean Network began coordinating this event in 2002. The United Nations officially began recognizing June 8 as World Oceans Day in 2008. 

10). Historic Oak View County Park ( will host the final event, a Folk Festival, in conjunction with the current exhibition, "In Search of a New Deal"  on Saturday June 7th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The Folk Festival is a free, family friendly event focusing on 1930s crafts and activities. Enjoy observing and talking with artisans demonstrating their skills with pottery, quilting, woodworking, and more! Games and storytimes for kids round out the event.  Listen to live music from the 1920s through the 1950s, performed by Cindy Emens and Manny Krevat, at 11am and 12:30pm.  At 2pm, Dr. Katherine Charron will be presenting a talk on African-Americans and women in the rural South during the Great Depression. With a background in women's history and Southern memory, Dr. Charron will help illuminate the lives of the people represented by the FSA photographs on display. Food will be available for purchase from Big Mike's BBQ!  It’s also your last chance to see “In Search of a New Deal” on display at Oak View, so don’t miss it!

Monday, May 12, 2014

NCMC Events From Around the State… May 12, 2014

1). Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ( invites you to “Sir Walter Raleigh and the Lost Colony” on May 14th at 2:00 p.m.  In this special program, Andy Powell will speak about how he aims to prove that people from Devon port town settled in America 30 years before Pilgrim Fathers even set sail. At the center of the saga is the story of the "lost colony", a tale better known in the US than in Britain.  In 1587 Sir Walter Raleigh organized a colonial expedition of settlers including a governor, John White.  Powell said it was thought that the fleet set sail from Bideford on May 8th and reached Roanoke Island, just off the coast of what is now North Carolina, in July.  Powell is the former Mayor of Bideford, England, the town that is twinned with our Manteo.  Admission to the event is free.  For more information, call 252-986-2995.  The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC 27943.

2). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( invites you to celebrate International Museum Day with them! Heather South from North Carolina's Western Regional Archives, will present a program called Trunk of Trouble at 2pm on Sunday, May 18. She will discuss the basics of preservation for paper, photographs and books including proper handling and storage of these objects. Great resource handouts will be provided. Program attendees may also bring ONE special item (paper, photo or book) and discuss its preservation with Heather.    This program is FREE to the public.

3). Oconaluftee Visitor Center ( in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future,” on view from through May 28th.  The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text.  “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” was designed to include community input as a way to develop its content.  A community team held monthly discussions to develop the ideas and images that would make up the exhibit.  Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The touring exhibit is sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in partnership with Cherokee Central Schools, Southwestern Community College, and Western Carolina University.  Funding was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

4). Cape Fear Museum, Cameron Art Museum, and Bellamy Mansion Museum ( invite you to a special lecture series “Fighting for Freedom:  US Colored Troops in the Civil War” with Dr. Chris Fonvielle.  On Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m., “Lincoln’s Dilemma”, will discuss the role of US Colored Troops in the Civil War, including President Lincoln's political dilemma regarding the use of African Americans in the Union war effort and will take place at the Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.  On Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. a Walking Tour of the Forks Road battlefield where US Colored Troops led the fighting against Confederate Wilmington, the most important city in the South by late 1864. Meet at Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St.  On Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Examine the part played by USCT in the battles for Fort Fisher and the Wilmington Campaign 1864-65. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.  All three events $25; Individual events $10. Reservations at 910.762.2511 or online - All three / Individual events.
5). The Museum of the Albemarle ( will be the site of “Paint and Cookie:  Beach Day Mixed-Media Canvas” on Friday, May 30th from 3:30-5 p.m.  The Museum and Serenity Studio Arts will join forces in creating a beach day mixed-media canvas.    Elementary age students will use paint, paper, and found objects to create a mixed-media masterpiece on canvas.    The masterpieces created by participants during the workshop will be highlighted at Serenity Studio Arts on June 6, 2014 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for 1st Friday Art Walk.  Limited space and supply fee required.  For More Information Call 252-335-1453

6). Cherryville Historical Museum ( invites you to a special lecture on May 15th at 7:00 p.m.  Jason Luker, of the Dallas Museum of History, will give a lecture on the Gaston County Mills.  For more information call
(704) 435-8011 or email
7). Hands On! (, a Child’s Gallery, invites you to “Book n’ Craft” on Wednesday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m. Listen to a reading of the book "What I Like About Me" by Allia Zobel-Nolan & do a craft. All ages welcomed! Free with $5 admission/free for members.

8). Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ( invites you to the special program “Showboat—Systems & Design” on May 17th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program. The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera!  Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 15th. Tour is $40/$35 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations.

9). The Asheville Art Museum ( is excited to present a workshop on May 16th designed to ignite the unique creative process that we all possess. Local artist Ken Hillberry will use his artistic expertise and teaching skills to encourage each participant to discover or strengthen their own creative journey by focusing on the fundamentals of drawing. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.  Hillberry has a BFA in Fine Art from West Virginia University, where he concentrated in drawing, painting and printmaking. Hillberry has taught classes for students for all ages, and he specializes in enhancing the inherent creative nature in everyone, novice or seasoned.  All materials and snacks are included in the cost. Participants may reserve a spot in the workshop by calling the Museum at 828.253.3227 or by visiting Cost for the workshop is $50 for members and $65 for non-members. The deadline to register for the workshop is Wednesday, May 14.

10). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( invited NCMC members celebrate International Museums Day with them on Monday, May 19th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Network with your museum colleagues from across the state, participate in professional development sessions, and take part in behind-the-scenes tours. RSVP to Kimberly Kandros, Director of Grants, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, at

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

NCMC Events From Around the State… May 5, 2014

1). North Carolina Preservation Consortium ( announces a special workshop, “Preserving Photograph Collections”, on June 9th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh, NC. This workshop is an introduction to identifying and preserving 19th and 20th century photographs: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, hand-colored silver gelatin prints, contemporary color, and digital photographs.  This workshop is designed for staff and volunteers in libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, and other heritage institutions with photograph collections.  Faculty and students in museum studies, library and information science, archives, and public history programs are also welcome to attend.  No prior training or experience is required.  The registration fee for this workshop is $50.00 for NCPC members and $75.00 for non-members.  Registration covers lunch, refreshments, and supplies.  A registration form is available on the NCPC web site in the Events section.  

2). Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum ( will hold British War Grave Ceremonies on May 8th & 9th at 11 a.m.  For 72 years, near the anniversary of the Bedfordshire’s sinking, members of the National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and British Royal Navy join visitors and local citizens to honor the service of the men buried in the cemeteries.  The British War Grave ceremonies will take place on May 8, at 11 a.m. at the British Cemetery in Buxton and on May 9, at 11 a.m. at the British Cemetery in Ocracoke. The ceremonies honor the 63 foreign sailors who lost their lives just off the coast of the Outer Banks.  The ceremonies are organized by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Ocracoke community, the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary 16-04, the National Park Service, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, students from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies, students from the Ocracoke School and the Ocracoke Boy Scout troop.  The ceremonies are free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at (252) 986-2995.  The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is located at 59200 Museum Drive in Hatteras, N.C.

3). Kings Mountain Historical Museum ( announces that in May and June, they will host three presentations that will provide new perspectives on the Battle of Kings Mountain, a turning point in the American Revolution.  The first one will be on Wednesday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m. with a lecture and book signing by Sharyn McCrumb, an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels.. Her 2013 novel King’s Mountain tells the story of the battle from the points of view of Patriot militia colonel John Sevier and Tory camp follower Virginia Sal. The novel brings to life a little-known story of the American Revolution: how the Overmountain Men, an unpaid, unequipped volunteer army of Appalachian frontiersmen, set off in search of the enemy and won a battle against well-trained British troops, thus giving the colonists renewed hope of victory.

4). Historic Edenton State Historic Site ( is excited to host a tour of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Historic Edenton will have this very important document on display in the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse on Thursday, June 5th from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  The 13th Amendment outlawed slavery in the United States (except for punishment for crime) and nullified the antebellum slave codes (laws). North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment was one sent to the state in February 1865. After leaving Historic Edenton, the document will travel Somerset Place in Creswell on June 6th to be on display.  Don’t miss your chance to see one of America’s most important documents!  Free Admission.

5). Mount Airy Museum of Regional History ( will hold the last of a series of Spring History Talks on Saturday May 10 at 2pm.  Dr. S. Jason Couch a pharmacist, native of Elkin, NC and a collector of local history will share images and stories from his book about Elkin, North Carolina. Highlights will include new historical information about the 1898 and 1916 floods, Chatham Manufacturing Company, Klondike Farm, and the Elkin & Alleghany Railway.  History Talks are held on the 3rd floor of the museum and are FREE to the public.

6). The Museum of the Albemarle ( will hold Preschooler Time:  “Sweet Piñatas” on Thursday, May 8th at 10 a.m.  From decorated clay pots to cardboard and papier-maché, discover the wonderful and unique traditions of the piñata.  Free Family Program.  For More Information Call 252-335-1453.

7). The Asheville Art Museum ( is excited to present an engaging exhibition that will enable visitors to experience American silver as it has been used from farm to table over the last 150 years. Farm to Table: American Silver, on view from May 31 – October 5, 2014, will highlight different but inter-connected uses of silver – agricultural awards and table service – as they progressed over the decades. Farm to Table brings new meaning to the “art of eating,” treating audiences to an intimate experience of handmade American silver objects that have celebrated our food and farms and appeared on our tables through modern times.  The Museum will be offering several events associated with this exhibition, including an opening celebration, From Studio to Home: Handmade Cups, on Friday evening, June 6, 5:00–8:00 p.m. Other programs held in conjunction with the exhibition include a cooking class series, film screenings, gallery talks and a Silver and Gold Gilding Demonstration and Workshop. More information about the exhibition and related events can be found at

8). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( announces its next Science Café on Thursday, May 15thth at 7 p.m.  This upcoming Science Café sets out to explain Minority Health Disparities.  African-Americans are more likely to die from highly aggressive and less curable forms of prostate and breast cancers than their European-American counterparts. Learn about the genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to this phenomenon.  Speaker Dr. K. Sean Kimbro will lead the talk.  Science Cafés are free, informal, intimate talks held in the Museum’s Nature Research Center Daily Planet Café. Visitors are invited to grab a bite to eat, have a glass of wine, and listen to a visiting scientist on an array of science topics for roughly 20 minutes, followed by Q & A. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Science Cafés are a part of the Museum’s weekly “Science Thursdays” when the Nature Research Center is open until 9 p.m. For more information, visit or contact Katey Ahmann at 919.707.9888 or via email at 
9). Hands On! (, a Child’s Gallery, invites you to Mad Scientists Lab – Makes Chocolate! - in honor of Kilwins on Tuesday, May 20th at 11:00 am. Ages 3yrs & up. Join Dr. Beaker & Dr. Bunson in the science lab! Sponsored by BP Fueling Communities. $7 non-members (includes admission for child participating in class); free for members.  Limited spaces. Please call 697-8333 to register.

10). The Matthews Heritage Museum’s ( next exhibit featuring the Matthews Athletic and Recreational Association will open on May 16th and be up throughout the summer.   Let’s Play Ball will give the history of the organization from its founding in 1956 to the present.  What started as an effort to sponsor a Little League Baseball Program has grown over the years to include programs for softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and cheerleading.  The community has supported this growth and MARA continues with a strong youth program today and thirteen fields for sports.  The exhibit will be on display through August 30.  The Matthews Heritage Museum is located at 232 N. Trade Street in downtown Matthews.  It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4:30 P.M.  Admission is $4 for individuals over 17, $2 for individuals 11 or older.  Free for children 10 and under.  The first Saturday of every month is free.