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Local historic sites to hold Second Saturday events

By From staff reports
Published in News on July 13, 2012 1:46 PM


The Bentonville Battlefield will hold the second of three summer Second Saturday programs on Saturday.

The theme for the battlefield for July is "From Slaves to Soldiers: The African American Experience during the Civil War."

Presentations will include "A War with Many Voices: African American Memory and the Civil War" by Michelle Lanier, curator of Multicultural Initiatives with N.C. State Historic Sites at 10:30 a.m. At noon, Earl Ijames, curators at the N.C. Museum of History, will offer a presentation on American American Confederate Soldiers. April Turner from Life as Art Productions will perform "African Stories and Dance" at 1:30 p.m. And then at 3 p.m., Bentonville's Buck Dunn Memorial summer intern Rachel Moore will present her research on the psychology of food and how it was prepared by and for slaves.

The Harper House Chapter of the UDC will sell raffle tickets for a hand-sewn quilt, as well as a framed print. The Friends of Bentonville will sell T-shirts and hats in support of the battlefield.

Visitors will be able to tour the Harper House.

For information, call (919) 807-7389.


CSS Neuse State Historic Site will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday in the second installment of the popular three-part summer program "2nd Saturdays." The event will be co-hosted by Lenoir Community College and held at 2 p.m. in its admissions auditorium, 231 N.C. 58 South.

The theme for July at the CSS Neuse in Kinston is "The Other Voices: African Americans' Role in the Civil War."

Michelle Lanier, acting director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, will present "A War with Many Voices: African American Memory and the Civil War." Ms. Lainer uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around the state's rich cultural resources.

"Second Saturdays helps families have some good, old-fashioned fun whether they are visiting a site close to home or across the state," said site manager Morris Bass. "As many as 45 percent of travelers in North Carolina include culture and heritage when they travel."

Sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the "2nd Saturdays" series takes 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. A complete schedule of events is available at www.ncculture.com.