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NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"

NCpedia Makes North Carolina History and Geography Available Online via the "North Carolina Gazetteer"

RALEIGH, NC March 28, 2014 – NCPedia and the N.C. Government and Heritage Library, in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Press, now make the entirety of “The North Carolina Gazetteer” available online through NCPedia at www.ncpedia.org. The free online encyclopedia features thousands of articles and resources about North Carolina culture and history. It is hosted by NC LIVE, and managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “The North Carolina Gazetteer” is a dictionary of North Carolina’s geographical place names documenting their location, history and origins. First published by the UNC Press in 1968, it was compiled by noted North Carolina historian William S. Powell, Professor Emeritus […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rick Hendrick and Ray Evernham Unveil Iconic Elvis Car That Will Be on Display at Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair Hosted by OldRide.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rick Hendrick and Ray Evernham Unveil Iconic Elvis Car That Will Be on Display at Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair Hosted by OldRide.com

CHARLOTTE, NC March 25, 2014 – Icons from the worlds of NASCAR and music came together at Charlotte Motor Speedway Tuesday when Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rick Hendrick and Ray Evernham helped unveil one of Elvis Presley’s most prized vehicles, which will be on public display during the Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com, April 3-6. The car was unveiled after undergoing an extensive preservation to restore it to the condition it was in when Elvis last drove it in 1976. “It has never left Graceland®. It has been there in the auto museum in Graceland. This car has not been run in 25 years,” said Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “If we had fully restored it, it […]

Easter Bunny Express Rolls Out of the Transportation Museum April 12-13, 18-19

Easter Bunny Express Rolls Out of the Transportation Museum April 12-13, 18-19

SPENCER, NC March 26, 2014 – The N.C. Transportation Museum hosts the Easter Bunny Express for two full weekends, April 12-13 and April 18-19. Some additional events will be included as part of this year’s festivities, including the Iron Peddler’s Antique Tractor Show April 12 and the massive museum Easter Egg Hunt and Steam Engine Caboose Train rides April 19. The Easter Bunny Express is a family favorite at the N.C. Transportation Museum. Children and their parents receive a visit from the Easter Bunny as they enjoy the museum’s 25 minute narrated train ride. The Easter Bunny has candy, a hand shake and a smile for each child as the train makes its way down the tracks. Following the train […]

Cruelties of War: Causalities and Medicine of the Civil War Program at Bennett Place March 29-30

Cruelties of War: Causalities and Medicine of the Civil War Program at Bennett Place March 29-30

DURHAM, NC March 25, 2014 – More than 35,000 North Carolina soldiers and civilians were among the 700,000 soldiers and civilians, Union and Confederate, who perished during the Civil War. More deaths were due to disease than to injuries sustained in battle. Bennett Place State Historic Site will present“Cruelties of War: Casualties and Medicine of the Civil War” Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to examine stories of suffering, healing and survival. Period costumed historic interpreters representing medical personnel of the Southern armies and the civilians at Bennett Farm will bring this history to life during the free programs. Bennett Place was the site of the largest surrender […]

The Path to Emancipation Highlighted in Exhibit at Historic Halifax March 25 to April 19

The Path to Emancipation Highlighted in Exhibit at Historic Halifax March 25 to April 19

HALIFAX, NC March 25, 2014 – During the 150th anniversary year of the 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, a traveling exhibit of illustrated informational panels outlines the struggle for freedom by the enslaved people in North Carolina and the nation. It will travel to state history museums, historic sites, libraries, and other academic and cultural venues through Aug. 10, 2015. The “Freedom for All” exhibit will be displayed March 25 through April 19 at Historic Halifax State Historic Site. Halifax and the nearby Roanoke River played a vital role in the maritime Underground Railroad in North Carolina. Free blacks and sympathetic whites provided run-away slaves with the latest news and acted as a means of communication for secret activities. […]

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh

RALEIGH, NC March 24, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a Practical Wildlife Habitat Management seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh on April 24. The 6-9 p.m. seminar is free, but pre-registration is required. Presented by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), this interactive workshop is designed for landowners and sportsmen who want to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and conserve habitat. “This seminar is specifically geared toward the non-professional,” said Guy Gardner, the presenter with QDMA. “We will discuss techniques to implement a cost-effective, practical habitat management program allowing anyone to improve the quality of their property for the benefit of wildlife.” The seminar will consist of: An overview of wildlife […]

Butterflies Land at the Aquarium

Butterflies Land at the Aquarium

KURE BEACH, NC March 25, 2014 – A new exhibit takes flight this spring at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Unlike many at the popular attraction, this experience does not include scales or fins. Yet, it continues the Aquarium’s mission of inspiring conservation and appreciation of the natural world. Visitors to the new Butterfly Bungalow delight in the beauty of hundreds of exotic butterflies from around the world. Through the encounter, guests gain a better understanding of the importance of butterflies and other insect pollinators. “The Butterfly Bungalow and garden offers guests a wonderful, immersive experience,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “You can’t help but smile when a butterfly floats by or lands on your shoulder. We hope it […]

Open Auditions: Sneads Ferry Community Theatre’s “Mama Won’t Fly”

Open Auditions: Sneads Ferry Community Theatre’s “Mama Won’t Fly”

SNEADS FERRY, NC March 25, 2014 – The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open AUDITIONS for an outrageously hilarious race against the clock family comedy: Mama Won’t Fly a Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy! April 15 and 16, 2014 7:00pm The Sneads Ferry Community Center 126 Park Lane Sneads Ferry, NC 28460   6 women and 2-3 men are needed. 3 main female characters, 2-3 men to cover 10 different characters, 3 women to cover 11 different characters. None of the 10/11 extra characters have appearances more than a couple of pages.   In addition there will be 8 “walk across stage” characters, separating scenes. WE HAVE A PART FOR YOU!!! 3 main characters:  Savannah Honeycutt:  Feisty Southern successful business woman, […]

Howard Cosell, North Carolinian: Like Him or Lump Him

Howard Cosell, North Carolinian: Like Him or Lump Him

RALEIGH, NC March 25, 2014 – On March 25, 1918, television sportscaster Howard Cosell was born Howard William Cohen in Winston-Salem. Before Cosell turned three, his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he later changed his surname from Cohen to Cossell to reflect his Polish roots. Cosell studied law at New York University, passed the state bar in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. After the war, Cosell practiced law in Manhattan and hosted a Saturday-morning ABC radio show featuring Little Leaguers interviewing major leaguers. He became a full-time ABC sportscaster in 1956, first gaining fame as a boxing announcer.  He went on to co-anchor Monday Night Football, for which he is now best known. […]

Living History Event and Troop Encampment April 12 at the State Capitol Recalls Civil War Occupation

Living History Event and Troop Encampment April 12 at the State Capitol Recalls Civil War Occupation

RALEIGH, NC March 24, 2014 – Visitors to the State Capitol can step back in time Saturday, April 12, at the site’s “Raleigh Occupied” living history program. Costumed interpreters will share their stories in four historically accurate vignettes about the Civil War in one of the state’s most historic and important structures. A Civil War era troop encampment on the lawn and character interpretations will recall the April 1865 occupation of the State Capitol by troops of Union General William T. Sherman. The occupation occurred just days before the largest surrender of the war at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham that included almost 90,000 Confederate troops from the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. Experience the historic interpretations while strolling […]