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NCMC Events from Around the State... June 27, 2016

Posted: June 28, 2016, 11:03 am

1). Kings Mountain Historical Museum ( invites you to their new exhibit, Turning Point: The Battle of Kings Mountain.  Turning Point will be on display until October 15th. Inspire your patriotic pride as you learn about the victory that marked the turning point of the American Revolution. Original artifacts will draw you into the triumphs and tragedies of the lives surrounding the Battle of Kings Mountain, a conflict that brutally pit brother against brother in the Carolina Piedmont frontier in 1780. Displays relating to annual celebrations of the Battle of Kings Mountain reflect the spirit of their time and an enduring commitment to commemorate those who bravely changed the course of American history. To find out more about upcoming exhibits and events, please visit or call 704-739-1019. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.
2). Greensboro Science Center ( invites you to experience Shark Week now through Saturday, July 2nd! The Greensboro Science Center will be hosting a week-long celebration of sharks. Crafts, education stations, and games will be available daily from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The GSC's aquarium is home to three species of shark: sandbar sharks, blacktip sharks and blacknose sharks. Sharks have been selected by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) as a signature species for SAFE (Saving Animals from Extinction). SAFE focuses the collective expertise of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums to save signature species by increasing direct conservation spending as well as increasing work in the field and within zoos and aquariums, and through public engagement. Shark Week is one example of the GSC's involvement in this vital conservation effort.  Shark Week activities are included with general admission to the Greensboro Science Center.
3). Hands On! (, the Children's Museum in downtown Hendersonville, invites you to come and play giant games at Hands On! Giant games will be set up in the party room Tuesday, June 28th - Friday, July 1st 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.
4). North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ( premieres “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” on Thursday, June 30th.  Monarchs are some of the most easily recognized and best-loved butterflies in North America. Learn more about these fascinating insects, from their life cycle to their feeding habits to their awe-inspiring migration from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico, when the Museum premieres “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” on Thursday evening.  The 40-minute film shows at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum’s WRAL 3D Theater. (Beverages and popcorn are available before the show.) A shorter 20-minute version of the film will be shown at the Museum daily beginning Friday, July 1.  Prior to the film, at 6:30 p.m., learn about ways you can help protect monarchs and help scientists conserve this beautiful butterfly as Museum scientist Chris Goforth presents “Mad for Monarchs.”  Even earlier, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can enjoy live monarch butterflies and perhaps get a glimpse of our two-toed sloth in The Living Conservatory. Tickets to this evening event are $5 per person; free for Museum Members. You can buy tickets at or at the Museum Box Office, on-site or by phone at 919-707-9950. Space is limited.
5). High Point Museum ( invites you to Ink Making and Quill Pen Writing on Saturday, July 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and on Sunday, July 3rd from 1-4:00 p.m.  Practice your penmanship with a feather pen! Our costumed interpreters will provide the quills and some homemade walnut ink. FREE. All ages welcome. Drop-in.
6). The Joel Lane Museum House ( sponsors its 25th annual Independence Day Open House on Monday, July 4th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are requested. Colonel Lane was a founding father of North Carolina’s capital city and an officer in the Wake County militia during the American Revolutionary War.  The house will be open and staffed by costumed docents who will discuss the rooms and life in the 18th-century. On the grounds, living historians will demonstrate various aspects of colonial life, and visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. There will be old-fashioned crafts and games for the children and free lemonade for all. The garden in its full summer glory will be on view, and herbs and plants from the gardens will be for sale.  In addition to outdoor activities, the 1769 plantation manor house, the circa 1790 “kitchen” building, and the Visitors Center and Museum Store will be open.  For more information, visit the Joel Lane Museum House website at, call (919) 833-3431 or e-mail    
7). The Charlotte Museum of History ( invites you to their upcoming History Talks Lecture Series:  Warren Bingham’s book George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour on Monday, July 4th at 12:15 p.m.  Author Warren Bingham will discuss his new book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour.  The author will be available to sign copies of the book after his presentation.  This event is in conjunction with the museum’s Fourth of July Celebration. Free for members, $5.00 public, $20.00 for families. Please register at For more information, call 704-568-1774, or email
8). Tryon Palace ( invites you to celebrate the 4th of July at the North Carolina History Center on Monday, July 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Start a new family tradition! Located on New Bern’s picturesque Trent River, the inaugural “Independence Night” celebrates the 4th of July with live music from Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers, tasty hot dogs and hamburgers, ice cream, face painting, and more. The event reaches its grand finale with the best waterfront view in town of the fireworks launched by the City of New Bern.  Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 ages 6-10, and free for ages 5-and-under. Admission is free for members of the Tryon Palace Foundation while supplies last. Admission includes tickets to a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft drinks, as well as ice cream. Additional food will be available for purchase from Dank Burrito.  Parking at the North Carolina History Center Parking Lot is $5 for each vehicle and available on a first- come, first-served basis. To purchase tickets or parking passes in advance, call 252-639-3524. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, but no pets or coolers are permitted. This is an alcohol-free event.
9). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art ( and the Engaging Educator invites students entering 5th - 8th grades to join them this summer for a new, five-day art making and improv workshop the week of July 11th – 15th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Each day includes gallery exploration and hands-on workshops where students interpret and create works of art using improvisational comedy. At the end of the week, parents and family will be invited to a student-curated exhibition and performance.  Fee: $200, which includes all art materials, snacks, photo and video documentation of the program.  10% discount for a sibling. To register please contact Alex Brown: or call 336.725.1904.
10). Blowing Rock Art & History Museum ( is hosting a lecture and book signing featuring author Warren L. Bingham and his recently released book, “George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour” on Friday, July 11th from 2-3:00 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. Admission is free to the public. For information on the event, contact Leila Weinstein at