[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]
Cultural Resources Celebrates Science
RALEIGH – Programs of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources will demonstrate that science and culture go together when participating in the North Carolina Science Festival. All across the state, from April 13 to 29, the North Carolina Science Festival will showcase science and technology through talks, performances, lab tours, nature experiences, and more.
“Science is an important part of North Carolina’s history, and is vital to our state’s future,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “From groundbreaking research and discoveries at our universities, to the education of our children in all aspects of science, North Carolina is known far and wide for its culture of creativity and innovation.”
The opening event will be the 10 a.m. launch of a camera-carrying weather balloon at the Executive Mansion with First Gentleman Bob Eaves, fifth grade students from Washington Elementary School, and UNC-Chapel Hill Students for the Development and Exploration of Space.
Additional N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ venues participating in the 2012 Science Festival include:
- Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – Hatteras. April 13. Discover what happened to the lush forests of the Outer Banks with arborist David Kelmer in the program “History and Ecology, Linked on Hatteras Island.” Noon. Free. 59200 Museum Drivein Hatteras, N.C. 27943. Call (252) 986-2995.
- N.C. Maritime Museum-Beaufort. April 19. Marine Life Cruise. Get your hands on sea creatures on a “Marine Life Cruise” as you trawl and dredge aboard a Duke University research vessel. 9 a.m.-noon. $30 reservation required.
- N.C. Maritime Museum-Beaufort. April 25. “Brown Bag Gam” program on Beaufort dolphins shows how they are identified and tracked. Noon. Free 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516. Call (252) 728-7317.
- State Archives — Raleigh. April 20. Parchment Preservation. See how to preserve a document nearly 350 years old, and get a look at the 1663 Carolina Charter from England. See other rare documents and prepare to register to enter the Archives Search Room. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Archives and History/State Library, 109 E. Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27609. Call (919) 807-7339.
- Executive Mansion – Raleigh. April 21. Green Garden Open House. Environmentally sound garden practices are the focus of the second annual open house, which will feature worm tea, bio-fungicides, recycled garden art and bee hives. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. N.C. Executive Mansion, 200 N. Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601.
- April 14. Join in the “Earth Day Partnership for the Planet” event with Fort Macon State Park for hands-on activities and demonstrations at Fort Macon. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. N.C.
- House in the Horseshoe — Sanford. April 21. “Backcountry Medicine.” Learn about the illnesses, injuries and treatments of Revoluntionary Era North Carolina from interpreters in period dress and reproduction period instruments. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 288 Alston House Rd., Sanford, NC 27330. Call (910)947-2051.
- Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab- Greenville. April 21. Open House. See cannons and anchors from Blackbeard’s shipwreck undergoing conservation. Guess the weight of the largest artifact; look down a microscope at the smallest. Hands-on activities; talk to scientists. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. West Research Campus, 1157 VOA Site C Road, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834 Call (252) 744-6721.
- Museum of the Cape Fear – Fayetteville. April 22. Earth Day: History from the Ground. This program combines history and science with a presentation about gems and minerals, then walk the grounds of the U.S. Arsenal to study the features of the historic site. 2-4 p.m. Free. 801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville, NC. 28305. Call (919) 486-1330.
- N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport. April 25. “Up Periscope!” celebrates the museum’s newest hands-on addition – a U.S. Navy periscope. Kids of all ages are invited to build their own periscope and learn the engineering and physics used with them. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 204 E. Moore St., Southport, N.C. 28461. Call (910) 457-0003.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.