Free Festival Celebrates N.C. History With Food, Music & Dance

Buggymobile

The second part of the North Carolina Museum of History’s exhibit “The Story of North Carolina” will open with a grand celebration Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m-4 p.m. at the museum. The Celebrate N.C. History Festival is free, appropriate for all ages, and will feature food tastings, musicians, storytellers, dance groups and other presenters. Children who dress as a character from North Carolina can march in a special parade.

The first part of the exhibit, which chronicles the state’s history, debuted in April and has since attracted thousands of visitors. Part one showcased the state’s history through the 1830s.

Part two features stories from the Civil War through the two World Wars and the Civil Rights movement. Visitors can view artifacts that have been preserved since the Civil War and enjoy hands-on, interactive exhibits.

At the turn of the 20th century, the state became an industrial leader in the South and North Carolina’s environment changed. The exhibit features two re-created, interactive settings reflecting the changes: a textile mill weaving room and a tobacco warehouse.

Visitors can also explore North Carolinians’ inventions, from a replica of Orville Wright’s plane to Gilbert Waters’ Buggymobile, a prototype automobile.

The interactivity continues in the World War I-era model of a recruitment office, where visitors can experience enlisting in the military and have a photograph taken of them “wearing” a soldier’s uniform.

The N.C. Museum of History, located at 5 E. Edenton St., in Raleigh, is regularly open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. -5 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org or call 919-807-7900.

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