Cannon firing on Waterfront Park, re-enactor encampments, demonstrations and tours of the Civil War sesquicentennial exhibit, Under Both Flags: Civil War in the Albemarle will signal the beginning of a public history day at the Museum of the Albemarle to take place Saturday, February 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Union and Confederate living historians explore the hardships and depravations suffered by those who fought. Live artillery firings take place in Waterfront Park, allowing visitors to interact with “the men who manned the guns.” Visitors can muster with the troops and practice drills. Displays and discussions by local collectors and historians include Union identification badges, rare Confederate firearms, photographs, medical equipment, local battles and the role of military in the war.
A historic photographer will photograph visitors dressed in period attire using wet plate collodion techniques. Purchase price of historic-style photographs are $25 ¼ plate; $40 ½ plate. Sing along as the Tar River Dulcimers perform period ballads. Tar Heel Civilians depict the war’s impact on the home front. Carolina Carriages and Circle S Stables will offer horse drawn carriage and pony rides. Carriage rides available at $5.00 per person; pony rides are $3.00 per child. Junior Docents will lead dances and games.
A series of lectures and book signings beginning at 10 a.m. when Daniel McAuliffe and Skip Riddle of Worchester Historical Museum will discuss 21st and 25th Massachusetts Infantry during the Burnside Expedition with lectures titled “A Tale of Three Flags, a Bell and a Heroine” and “New Bern: In Search of a Battle through Private Sketches, Published Illustrations and Other Things Discovered Along the Way.” At 12:30 p.m. Glen Bowman will speak on Post-Civil War Black Educators in Northeastern North Carolina. David Cecelski, will discuss his book The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War at 1:30 p.m. Brenda McKean will discuss her book Blood and War at my Doorstep: North Carolina Civilians in the War Between the States at 2:30 p.m.
Young adults will enjoy on-going book discussions and DVD presentations by John Bushmore, Boy in Chains and Deanna Klingle, Avery’s Battlefield and Avery’s Crossroads from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Discover the Civil War through Photography offers interactive scenes of a Civil War battlefield, Bayside Plantation and a photographer’s studio for young and old alike in the museum’s Discovery Room. The Discovery Room is open daily Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Museum Gift Shop offers books, gifts, pottery and souvenirs for children and adults. A ten percent discount will be offered on all Civil War related items purchased during the event.
Don’t miss this exciting day of educational and entertaining experiences for the entire family!