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The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, July 14, in the second installment of the popular three-part summer program Second Saturdays.
The theme for July at the museum is “Fort Johnston: A Civil War Story.” Artists will include photographers Jeri Ward and Melissa Gordon; watercolor artist Linda Carole; Donna Michaux of Turtle Track Pottery; musician P.D. Midgett; authors Sharon Claudette Smith and Sherry Monahan, with a book signing for “Southport;” crafter Don Fererro of B. Carter Horn Works; knife maker William Bisher of Black Turtle Forge; artist Donald Byrum; and jewelry designer Kathleen Hoff.
The museum will also offer Civil War-themed activities, such as Civil War medical demonstrations by Col. Gary Riggs; costumed Civil War tours by historian Leland Smith; artillery demonstrations by Battery B Second U.S. Colored Light Artillery; and “Voices of Southport Past,” an oral history with Tricia Foy.
Second Saturdays help families have some good, old-fashioned fun, whether visiting a site close to home or across the state,” said Mary Strickland, site manager. “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 Second 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.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.ncculture.com.