CSS Neuse State Historic Site will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, July 9, 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 in their Admissions Auditorium at 2 p.m. The college is located at 231 Hwy 58 South; Kinston.
The theme for July at the CSS Neuse in Kinston is “The Other Voices: African American’s 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.” Lanier uses her background as an oral historian and folklorist to connect communities around the state’s rich cultural resources.
“2nd 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 at www.ncculture.com.
For information call 919-807-7389.
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.