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NCMC Events from Around the State... March 21, 2016

Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:38 am

1). Asheville Art Museum’s ( Permanent Collection contains over 500 photographs that are typically kept in the “vault” where they are protected from deterioration and cared for by curators. In a new exhibition, Vault Visible: Photographs, Museum curators have carefully selected various works to demonstrate the photography Collection’s scope. These works, along with antique cameras loaned by Warren Wilson College, are on view in the Museum’s free Holden Community Gallery through June 2016. The exhibition, which is a section of the broader exhibition Vault Visible: Behind the Scenes at the Asheville Art Museum, provides an excellent opportunity for in-depth learning about different cameras and photographic processes throughout the last 150 years.  To explore the photographs and cameras displayed in Vault Visible in greater depth, Eric Baden, Professor of Photography at Warren Wilson College, will lead the Museum’s Art Break discussion on Friday, March 26 at 12:00 p.m. The exhibition and Art Break are held in collaboration with Photo+Craft, an upcoming festival hosted by Warren Wilson College from March 31 through April 3.
2). N.C. African American Heritage Commission ( reminds you that there's still time to join them for the African American Monument Public Hearings. Though two hearings have already been held, two remain. Join them to give your input on this important initiative spearheaded by Governor Pat McCrory. Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount and Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Shaw Auditorium at Fayetteville State University.  A memorial can serve to recall the past, to commemorate people and events that brought us to the present moment, to create a cause for contemplation or a sense of awe. At the request of Governor Pat McCrory, the N.C. Historical Commission and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission will examine alternatives with respect to diversifying the memorials on the State Capitol grounds to address the underrepresentation of African Americans. Governor Pat McCrory and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources invite you to join the process to help determine how to proceed with this project. Can't make one of the meetings? There is a form on their website where you can give your input online. For more information, please call (919) 807-7290.
3). The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University ( invites you to their upcoming lecture, “Re-Becoming Nasca: Cultural Reformation in the Ancient Andes”, on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. The Nasca were a pre-Hispanic society that flourished on the south coast of modern-day Peru around 100 B.C. - A.D. 650.  Known for creating beautiful pottery and intricate geoglyphs etched in the desert floor, Nasca people also experienced sociopolitical collapse and environmental change. Wake Forest Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Verity Whalen's archaeological research explores what happened in the wake of these events and how communities redefined what it meant to be Nasca.  The lecture will be followed by wine and cheese reception.  Admission is free.
4). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville ( presents “Science Cinema” on Saturday, March 26th, featuring Warner Brothers’ “Born to Be Wild.” This film tells an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. “Born to Be Wild” documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue, raise and return these incredible animals back to the wild – saving endangered species one life at a time. This free, 40-minute film will be shown at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. This film is rated G. The last Saturday of each month, the museum shows engaging nature and science films perfect for the entire family. Science Cinema programming is funded by a grant from the International Paper Foundation.   Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, please call the museum at 910-914-4185 or email
5). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art ( invites you to join them for an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sun Porch and Grounds of the Historic Hanes House. Enjoy the first signs of spring on their beautiful grounds with a family Easter egg hunt. They will have art making activities and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
6). The N.C. Transportation Museum ( is now home to a new artifact from the city of Charlotte, with the arrival of Trolley #85.  The trolley is being leased to the museum by the Charlotte Historic Landmarks Commission and plans are in place to restore it to service around the 57 acre Spencer museum.  Trolley #85 is the last to have run in the city of Charlotte in the heyday of trolley use. It was built in 1927, part of the Southern Public Utilities Company’s installation of a trolley system in the city.  The trolley served Charlotteans for 11 years, but was replaced by what was considered a more modern form of transportation, city buses. N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation President Steve Mersch said the immediate plans are to prepare #85 for its debut during the May 14 celebration of National Train Day. 
7). The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( announces that Summer Camp registration is now open.  Explore, play, laugh, learn—children enrolled in summer camp at the North Carolina. Aquarium at Fort Fisher will do all this and more. Campers, ages 5 to 14, experience outdoor adventure, eco-education and make new friends. Trained marine educators lead the activities and introduce campers to live animals in a safe and fun atmosphere. In addition, each camp will include activities involving the Aquarium’s new “DINOSAURS!” exhibit. For a full list of camp offerings and pricing, please visit
8). Hands On! ( invites you to Nano Days at Hands On! Join Hands On!, the Children's Museum in Downtown Hendersonville, to explore Nano Days with science demonstrations and experiments focused on the science of the very, very small – the nano size. These activities takes place in the party room all day, March 22 through March 25, and are free with $5 admission/free for members. The mission of Hands On! is to provide “hands on” educational experiences that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment.  For additional information about their educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.
9). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( reminds you that Extreme Mammals exhibition is now in its final week.  Through Sunday, March 27th, visitors can explore the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time, the current featured exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Inspect oversized claws, massive fangs, extraordinary snouts, amazing horns, and other traits that make these mammals truly remarkable. Uncover the characteristic that links humans to more than 5,400 wonderfully weird living species, and discover how we might be the most extreme mammal of them all.  Exhibition tickets are available online at and at the Museum Box Office (onsite and via 919.707.9950). Prices: $15 for Adults, $10 for Children (3-10), Free to Museum Members. Take advantage of the Museum’s Exhibition Bundle deal by adding a 3D movie ticket for only $1. Or join the Museum to get yourself and your family in for free.
10). Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts ( invites you to its upcoming lecture, “Natives, Newcomers, and Summer People: Tourism, History, and Culture in North Carolina”, on Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 p.m. with Richard Starnes, Ph.D.  With a breathtaking coastline, majestic mountains, and famous Piedmont resorts, it is no wonder tourism is one of the most important segments of NC’s economy. In fact, tourism has become more than a mode of economic development and is now an important force in shaping local culture. This program examines the history of tourism in NC, the role of tourism and tourists in shaping the state’s history and culture, and the broader social and economic implications of a tourism economy. Lecture is free. Donations appreciated.