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What’s Happening This Weekend Across North Carolina

What’s Happening This Weekend Across North Carolina

Culture Around Every Corner: July 24-27 RALEIGH, NC July 24, 2014 – An exploration of 18th century beer in Statesville, a look at the view 20 feet from stardom in Raleigh and a lively concert of indie folk tunes in Winston-Salem are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The fun starts Thursday at the coast, where the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids make sandcastle-themed crafts and host a talk on the Life-Saving Service with author Chip Marshall, as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of […]

N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commemorating Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to be Dedicated Feb. 21

N.C. Highway Historical Marker Commemorating Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to be Dedicated Feb. 21

MANTEO, NC Feb. 10, 2014 – Roanoke Island became a prime destination for the enslaved to gain their freedom after Federal forces took control of the island in February 1862. A N.C. Highway Marker dedication and program Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Dare Center in Manteo will recognize their struggles and contributions. Confederates had slaves on the island already for the construction of Confederate forts, then Union soldiers employed them all for eight dollars per month. The runaways, called “contrabands” by Federals, worked on construction projects, building three forts, docks, bridges and the like. Some men were spies, scouts or guides, traveling from 30 to 300 miles behind enemy lines to acquire intelligence.   An official colony was […]

Pea Island life savers are topic at NC Aquarium this winter

Pea Island life savers are topic at NC Aquarium this winter

MANTEO, NC January 17, 2014 – Warm up this winter with harrowing tales of courage and battles against the odds from Life-Saving Station #17. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will feature showings of Rescue Men, a documentary chronicling the story of the all black crew of surf men stationed on the Outer Banks from the late 1800s up to 1947. Led by local Richard Etheridge, the Pea Island crew was the first to be made entirely of black men and one of the most courageous of the Life-Saving Service, the precursor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard. Join the Aquarium in celebrating Black History Month with free viewings each Sunday in February at 1:30pm. Afterwards, view the in-house exhibit […]

Free admission to be offered on Martin Luther King Holiday

Free admission to be offered on Martin Luther King Holiday

MANTEO, NC January 16, 2014 – On Monday, January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Day (MLKD), the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will offer visitors free admission. As part of its effort to support the community, the Aquarium is sponsoring a food drive for the Roanoke Island Food Pantry. This year, our goal is 2,000 pounds of food for our “Ton of Love Food Drive.” The Roanoke Island Food Pantry has served serves all of Dare County and even Ocracoke. Highly sought items include hearty soups and canned meats, but all non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. We encourage families to bring a bag of food. Please help our neighbors and Outer Banks Community and give food items for […]

Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti Writes Poem to Celebrate Veterans

Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti Writes Poem to Celebrate Veterans

Readings Planned in Manteo and Greensboro RALEIGH, NC November 8, 2013 – North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, who has dedicated himself to working with veterans during his tenure, has written his second poem to recognize veterans, families of veterans and all North Carolina citizens who honor America’s veterans.   Bathanti, entering his second year as poet laureate for the state, has written a poem entitled Fayetteville to celebrate Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11. The poem honors veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice. North Carolina is home to eight military installations, including Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, and Camp Lejeune, to name a few, and has one of the largest populations of […]

Outer Banks History Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Call for Submissions

Outer Banks History Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Call for Submissions

MANTEO, NC November 4, 2013 – To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Outer Banks History Center is partnering with the Dare County Arts Council to present an art exhibit, An Eye for Art, a Heart for History, showcasing the many aspects of the heritage and history of the Outer Banks and surrounding areas through a broad spectrum of artistic media and expression. Artist submissions are being sought. “We’re inviting artists to submit works that embody a personal sense of appreciation for our unique culture and history for display in the History Center Gallery,” said Curator and Site Manager KaeLi Schurr. Awards will be presented in five categories: Best in Show, People’s Choice, Excellence Award for Best Depiction of Theme, Excellence […]

Outer Banks History Center Receives Unique Donation

Outer Banks History Center Receives Unique Donation

MANTEO, NC September 4, 2013 — The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo has received a one-of-a-kind donation of hand drawn maps of the Currituck Shooting Club property at Poyner Hill on the Currituck Banks. The donation, given by an anonymous donor, belonged to Murray J. Chappell, Sr., the superintendent of the hunt club from 1959 to 1977. The collection contains 32 hand-drawn color maps created by Chappell and features the ponds, creeks and duck blind locations. They even show the best wind direction for hunting in each section. “The history of the hunt clubs in our region is a popular topic with a broad audience,” said Curator and Site Manager KaeLi Schurr of the donation. “This collection is exceptional […]

Learn to Talk and Walk Like a Pirate at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Learn to Talk and Walk Like a Pirate at Roanoke Island Festival Park

MANTEO, NC August 13, 2013 – Come join us for Pirate Scallywag School on August 23 at 2 and 3 p.m. (1 hour each class) at Roanoke Island Festival Park.! Children can learn from the pirate crew how to walk, talk and act like a pirate. Kitty Hawk Kites will offer pirate face painting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Outer Banks Pirate Festival is sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and continues with other activities on the Outer Banks until its conclusion on Monday, August 26th. Join Kitty Hawk Kites and celebrate the great pirate history of the Outer Banks, home of the Mid-Atlantic Graveyard! Learn about the local maritime history, enjoy a little pirate fight, and […]

Learn to Dance the Big Apple at the Outer Banks History Center on August 10

Learn to Dance the Big Apple at the Outer Banks History Center on August 10

MANTEO, NC July 26, 2013 — Come learn a few steps of the “Big Apple,” the dance craze that swept the nation in 1937. As an adjunct to the Outer Banks History Center’s exhibit Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination and as part of Department of Cultural Resources’ “2nd Saturdays” celebration, you are invited to join Sarah Downing as she teaches a short routine. Downing, the assistant curator at the History Center, is always willing to shake a leg for history. The dance originated in Columbia, South Carolina’s black night club, the Big Apple, after which the dance was named. Two University of South Carolina students are credited with introducing the dance to the white community. Its popularity spread, […]

Dare County in the 1930s Exhibit to be Featured  In Panel Discussion on April 12

Dare County in the 1930s Exhibit to be Featured In Panel Discussion on April 12

MANTEO, NC April 8, 2013 – The exhibit, “Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination” will be examined in a panel discussion on April 12, at 4p.m., at the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center (OBHC) annual meeting. OBHC chairman Clark Twiddy invites the public to come learn why the 1930s were a pivotal time as new roads and bridges opened up Dare County. Under the backdrop of the Great Depression, it was the dawn of the modern era of tourism and the beginning of outdoor drama, when Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony” debuted at the Waterside Theater, all topped off by a presidential visit to view the play. Program panelists share an enthusiasm for the period, and include […]