[This blog post comes from KaeLi Schurr of the Outer Banks History Center.]
2nd Saturdays Programs at the Outer Banks History Center Focus on 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War
On July 14 in Manteo, N.C., local historian Dennis Schurr will present, “Civil War Scenes through the Lens of the Magic Lantern” as part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ “2nd Saturdays” special summer programming.
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 this “War Between the States.” Mr. 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. Schurr will also show some rarely-seen images that will pique your interest in the Civil War, in general, as Americans observe the Civil War’s sesquicentennial.
Jointly hosted by the Outer Banks History Center and Roanoke Island Festival Park, this event is designed to draw attention to the national 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The History Center Gallery will be open before and after this 2nd Saturday event for visitors to view the center’s current exhibit, “The Civil War Comes to Roanoke Island: Fishers, Fighters & Freedmen.” Also on Roanoke Island, visitors can see the exhibit, “Workboats and Watermen in the Civil War” produced by the staff of Roanoke Island Festival Park at the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse on the Manteo waterfront.
(252) 475-1500 or roanokeisland.com. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On August 11, the History Center will present the 3rd and last of this summer’s 2nd Saturdays series “The Importance of the Battle of Roanoke Island, February 7 & 8, 1862” presented by Michael Zatarga, National Park Service Park Ranger, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island.
2nd Saturday programs are free and open to the public. The July 14 event is from 2—3 p.m. in the Roanoke Island Festival Park Meeting Room whereas August 11th event will be from 1—2 p.m. Please note that standard admission charges apply for the daily attractions at Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Many thanks to “Our State” magazine for providing media sponsorship to DCR for 2nd Saturdays programming. More than 100 “2nd Saturday” events across the state bring together history and authentic North Carolina culture. For a complete schedule of events, go towww.ncculture.com. For information call (919) 807-7389.
The Outer Banks History Center is a regional archives and research library of the N. C. Office of Archives and History,. The Center is open to the public and is located across from the Manteo waterfront at Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo. For more information, call (252) 473-2655, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov.