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2nd Saturdays at N.C. Museum of History Offer Family Fun | Jun 12-Aug 14

2nd Saturdays North Carolina Museum of HistoryAs part of the 2nd Saturdays series kicking off June 12 across North Carolina, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will feature artists Jonathan Daniel and Bill Newman. Come watch them demonstrate weaving techniques from noon to 4 p.m. Then make your own woven paper basket, and learn about Juneteenth, a holiday proclaiming the end of slavery in the United States. Admission is free.

2nd Saturdays programs, sponsored by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, take place at 37 State Historic Sites and museums on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14. More than 100 events of the summer programs are free. For a complete schedule of events, go to

“We are excited about combining the unique power of the arts and heritage with lots of hands-on fun each 2nd Saturday during the peak summertime vacation months of June, July and August,” said Cultural Resources Secretary Linda A. Carlisle. “Families on a budget will find a lot of value for their travel dollar, whether it is for ‘staycations,’ ‘tank-of-gas-or-less trips,’ or a longer vacation.”

Each location for 2nd Saturdays features a theme for each day, which allows a good pairing of art form and site. The June 12 theme at the N.C. Museum of History focuses on woven items, such as baskets, which played a role in early Juneteenth celebrations.

The museum’s July 10 and Aug. 14 programs will highlight potters and woodworkers. These free programs will be combined with Make It, Take It activities. More information follows.

2nd Saturdays: Passionate for Pottery

Saturday, July 10
Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program)

Watch bowls, vases and other clay objects take shape as potters from North Cole Pottery in Sanford demonstrate their craft. Talk with them as they work at the potter’s wheel. Visit the Museum Shop to purchase their pieces, and sample tasty North Carolina treats!

Make It, Take It: Play with Clay

Saturday, July 10
Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program with a craft suitable for children)

Have fun “claying around” and make your own clay critter to take home.

2nd Saturdays: Wonderful Wood

Saturday, Aug. 14
Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program)

Watch craftspeople make bowls and other objects from that “tree-mendous” renewable resource — wood. Visit the Museum Shop to purchase their work, and sample yummy “Goodness Grows” products made in North Carolina.

Make It, Take It: Wood Works

Saturday, Aug. 14
Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program with a craft suitable for children)

How much wood does a woodworker work? Find out by making your own wood craft to take home.

Partners in 2nd Saturdays include Our State magazine, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the Division of Tourism within the N.C. Department of Commerce, the N.C. Cooperative Extension, and the Tourism Extension Program in N.C. State University’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program.

For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access or Facebook®. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol.

The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The department’s Web site is

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