Civil War scenes through the Lens of the Magic Lantern

MANTEO  A Civil War photography presentation will be held on Saturday, July 14, in the Meeting Room at Roanoke Island Festival Park from 2-3 p.m. Jointly hosted with Outer Banks History Center, it will feature Civil War historian, Dennis Schurr. The event is free and open to the public.

The Civil War is the first photo-documented American war, but there were also many artists who created imagery that continues to inform our view of the War Between the States.  Schurr will pull from his personal collection of hundreds of glass plate negatives to show scenes from the Civil War throughout the nation, many of which are hand-painted images derived from photographs of the time. He will also share some rarely-seen images that will pique your interest in the Civil War, in general, as Americans observe the Civil War’s sesquicentennial.

Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 2nd Saturdays events will take place at 37 State Historic Sites and museums on the second Saturday of the summer months.  The more than 100 events across the state bring together history and authentic North Carolina culture.  Each site will have its own stylized theme; and many sites will have artists and/or musicians.  For a complete schedule of events, go to

Also at Roanoke Island Festival Park, visit our venues that highlight Roanoke Island’s history. Learn from historical interpreters in their Elizabethan era clothing at the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II, the park’s 16th century representative ship. Visit our newest exhibit, the American Indian Town. Imagine and learn at the interactive Adventure Museum, with exhibits that portray over four hundred years of Outer Banks history. See the movie The Legend of Two-Path. Visit the Museum Store for a unique memento. Plan your event with us- rentals available. All open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  Admission is charged.