Monday, July 29, 2013

July 2013: Museum of the Albemarle to host 2nd Saturdays Double-header

Contact:  Charlotte Patterson, Education Coordinator 
Release Date:  Immediate
End Date:  August 10, 2013
(252) 335-1453

Museum of the Albemarle to host
2nd Saturdays Double-header

Saturday, August 10, 2013, the Museum of the Albemarle will continue the state-wide program 2nd Saturdays with a double header beginning with the anticipated showing of the feature film Gone with the Wind.  There will be two viewings of the film, 10 a.m. and  2:30 p.m. Visitors will be given one complimentary ticket per person at the reception desk one hour before each show time.  Two hundred tickets will be available for each showing of the film.  Remaining seats will be filled with those waiting.  The film is free but donations are accepted.  While here visit the extraordinary exhibit Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind, which showcases authentic memorabilia—costumes, screen tests, props, Vivien Leigh’s Academy Award, and other items—from the James Tumblin Collection.  Special to the exhibit today will be curator tours by Katie Edwards who curated the exhibit at the Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Free exhibit admission is offered for today only.  Outside the exhibit, enjoy games and crafts of the 19th century. 

You can also experience Discover the Civil War through Photography in the Discovery Room and take pictures of your own little Scarlett or Rhett dressed in period costumes. MOA’s Junior Docents (sponsored by the Nucor Plate Mill in Winton) will be leading children’s activities. 
Enjoy pony rides ($3 per child, Circle S Stables), and a carriage ride ($5 per person, Carolina Carriages).
Shop the Museum Gift Shop for Gone with the Wind–related items at a 10 percent discount–today only!

The second part of the double-header day begins at 1 p.m. when Elizabeth City native Chris Meekins, State Archives of North Carolina, will present “The Murder of Thad Cox:  A Tale Re-told”.  Thaddeus Cox died February 9th, 1863. For one-hundred forty four years the story of his death was told and retold; a cautionary tale about a bad man, who was both a traitor to his country and a coward. His story was meant to serve as an archetype of wrong behavior to the Southern community of Elizabeth City.  Thad’s crime - he was a North Carolina Union volunteer.

Author Chris Meekins began researching Thad’s death. Slowly, thread by thread, the carefully crafted story of a traitor and a coward unraveled as he recovered evidence which challenged the narrative. What really happened to Thaddeus Cox on February 9th, 1863?   Come listen as Meekins explains what the evidence tell us. 

Author Chris Meekins was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Under the direction of Lincoln scholar Dr. William C. Harris at North Carolina State University, Chris earned a Master’s Degree in History while researching and writing about his hometown during the Civil War. He was able to turn that thesis into a book. He lives and works in Wake County. When not reading, researching or writing he spends his spare time with his old dog Cinnamon or mowing his mother's grass.

Schedule of the day
9 a.m.-4 p.m.    Museum Lobby and Museum Gift Shop opens
10 a.m.             Film, Gone with the Wind, in Gaither Auditorium
10 a.m.–1 p.m.  Gone with the Wind guest curator tours by Katie Edwards, Museum of History
10 a.m.–2 p.m.  Children’s activities
1–2 p.m.           Lecture, “The Murder of Thad Cox: A Tale Re–told” Chris Meekins, State Archives of North Carolina
2:30 p.m.           Film, Gone with the Wind, in Gaither Auditorium

Free Family Program

For More Information Call 252-335-1453


The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at

About The North Carolina Department of Cultural ResourcesThe North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art; NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state; developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR 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. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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