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NCMC Events from Around the State... April 11, 2016

Posted: April 13, 2016, 1:51 pm

1). Joel Lane Museum House ( is proud to present a lecture on “Slavery and Emancipation on ‘the Moses Mordecai Place’ in Raleigh” by Doug Porter on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission is $16 for the general public and $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 or go to the Eventbrite web site to purchase tickets. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.
2). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art ( invites you to join them for a lively evening with photographer Mijoo Kim when the next 12 x 12 North Carolina Salon Series opens Tuesday, April 19th.  Engage with the artist and hear her talk from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the historic living room. Refreshments and food will be served. 12 x 12 artist salon series presents 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State. An arts Initiative sponsored by the Flow Foundation.  On view April 19 - May 15.  Free and Open to the Public.
3). The Museum of the Albemarle ( will host a Colonial Living History Day on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.  See what life was like for the Albemarle’s first settlers as reenactors and interpreters demonstrate a pre-home encampment complete with cooking, clothing, weaponry, and more. Try your hand at paper filigree cards, candle dipping, butter making, and even try on clothing of the colonial period. Watch the film Friends in Liberty: North Carolina in the American Revolution and experience the American Revolution in North Carolina through the eyes of 14 year-old Hugh McDonald and his friend, Anne Taylor. Film will be shown in the Gaither Auditorium at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Meet Felicity, a Colonial American Girl doll based in Williamsburg, Virginia, and learn her story. Afterwards, be led in a short activity and learn how to cross stitch your initial like Felicity does in the story! Story times are 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m.  Colonial programming is presented by volunteer reenactors, state historic museum staff and the MOA Junior Docents and is sponsored by the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, Inc. and is free and open to the public.
4). The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville ( invites you to “Meet Me at the Museum: Saturday Explorations,” a free family-friendly science and nature program offered the third Saturday of every month. This month, the museum welcomes Sara Kathryn Davenport, Arts & Science Division Chair and biology instructor for Southeastern Community College (SCC). Davenport will present “Up Close and Personal with SCC Honeybees,” Saturday, April 16, 1:30 p.m.  Davenport, a native of Whiteville, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in outdoor experiential education with a minor in biology, as well as a Master of Arts in higher education with a concentration in teaching biology at technical, junior and community colleges from Appalachian State University. In her presentation, Davenport will discuss bee biology, social structure, behavior and threats to bees such as pests and diseases. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact the Museum at 910-914-4185 or
5). President James K. Polk State Historic Site ( invites you to “How to Feed Your Southerner” with Clarissa Lynch on Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Southern cooks take pride in setting a fine and tasty table that will leave all guests satisfied—especially when it comes to Sunday Dinner. Whether Sunday Dinner takes place right after church or late in the afternoon, dinner guests may never realize how much their presence—and full bellies—please their host. Join first person interpreter and historical cook Clarissa Lynch for a one of a kind cooking demonstration centered on the Sunday Dinner. Learn why fried chicken was a specialty, and why guests who were served this tasty meal viewed it as an honor. Clarissa will demonstrate how a full meal of fried chicken and gravy, biscuits, and sweet potato pie can be prepared over an open hearth. Admission: $10 + tax (adults), $5 + tax (13-17).
6). Levine Museum of the New South ( invites you to two upcoming events.  On Sunday, April 17th, join us for “Ella May Wiggins Remembered”. Kristina Horton, great granddaughter of Ella May Wiggins shares remembrances and reflections on the balladeer and union organizer through the new book Martyr of Loray Mill:  Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers' Strike in Gastonia, NC. Free. Talk + Book signing begins at 2:30 p.m. Register at  Also join them on Tuesday, April 19th for the “Pulitzer Prize in NC: Investigative Reporting Panel”, in partnership with the NC Humanities Council.  Join moderator Charles L. Overby, chairman of the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi, and distinguished panelists as they explore how ground-breaking investigative reporting transforms community conversation.  Reception begins at 6 p.m. Panel begins at 7 p.m. Free. To register, visit:
7). The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher ( hosts Family Science Day on Sunday, April 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family Science Day offers science exploration and discovery for adults and children of all ages. More than a dozen regional organizations will help guests discover the wonders of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Demonstrations include remotely operated vehicles, robots and Legos. No Sleeves Magic will also present “The Science of Magic.” Family Science Day is free with paid Aquarium admission. As an official 2016 North Carolina Science Festival event, the Aquarium’s Family Science Day is among hundreds of community-based events showcasing STEM activities for the citizens of North Carolina.  For more information on the North Carolina Science Festival, visit
8). Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex ( invites Baseball fans to start the season with a little baseball history when sports journalist Brett Friedlander, and co-author of the book Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham, gives a free presentation at the Museum of the Cape Fear on April 17, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Friedlander will autograph copies of his book following the presentation. Books can be purchased at the museum the day of the program. Fans of the movie, Field of Dreams, will remember the scene when a young batter antagonized an older pitcher with a “wink.” That batter was Fayetteville native Archibald Graham who came to be known as “Moonlight” or “Doc” Graham. For more information call 910/486-1330, visit the museum’s website at, or follow them on Facebook.
9). The Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University ( invites you to
Music at the Museum Family Day on Saturday, April 16th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Join us as we celebrate the music and dance traditions of Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea. There will be a performance featuring a gamelan, a group of instruments from Bali, Indonesia, as well as opportunities to learn traditional dances. This event for all ages will also feature crafts, activities, and food related to the Southwest Pacific Rim.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 336-758-5282.
10). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to join them as they prepare to celebrate National High Five Day on Thursday, April 21! Make a hand print wand and be sure to give your friends and family a Hands On! High Five for a job well done! This activity will be available in the party room Tuesday, April 19th - Thursday, April 21st, and is free with $5 admission/free for members.  For additional information about their educational programs and facility, please visit their website at or call 828-697-8333.
11). N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh ( and Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh invites you to a Shakespeare Marathon - 38 Plays in 5 Days!  Begins at noon on Saturday, April 23rd, and ends at 6 a.m. Thursday, April 28.  Honoring the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, theatrical groups from across North Carolina will present a round-the-clock reading of all 38 plays by Shakespeare. The groups — professional, college and amateur — will perform stage readings of the Bard’s plays, from his first to his last, with minimal costumes and props. Thirty-eight theatre companies will participate in the Shakespeare Marathon. The theatrical groups will range from PlayMakers in Chapel Hill to Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock and Chickspeare in Charlotte. The marathon is produced by Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh. Check the museum’s website at for a full schedule. The event is free. 
12). The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ( invites you to “Wonder Wednesdays” on Wednesday, April 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Ahoy teachers and home school parents! Try on helmets, raise signal flags, “text” using semaphore flags, tap out your name using Morse code, type on vintage typewriters, and more! Friendly, knowledgeable volunteer staff from stem to stern to help you have a grand time onboard ship. FREE with Battleship Admission.