Friday, April 4, 2014

April: Carolina Communities Shine in Two Excellent Exhibits at MOA

Contact:  Elizabeth Evans
Cahoon & Cross
Phone:  757-705-7153

Carolina Communities Shine in Two Excellent Exhibits at
Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C.

(Elizabeth City, N.C., April 4, 2014) -- You can double the familial experience when you visit Elizabeth City’s Museum of the Albemarle this spring, thanks to a pair of excellent, yet diverse, exhibits that portray close-knit communities with ties to North Carolina. 

In January, the Museum opened Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina, featuring 51 images of the state’s vibrant Latino community at work, at worship and in celebration. Taken over the course of 10 years by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Jose Galvez, the photographs reveal the strength of this growing community. It is the first bilingual exhibit presented at the Museum of the Albemarle. 

A second exhibit, Out of the Blue: Coast Guard Aviation, focuses on another close-knit community—the U.S. Coast Guard, with local headquarters at Air Station Elizabeth City. Navigating two centuries of Coast Guard history from its 1790 beginnings to its aviation presence in northeastern North Carolina today, the exhibit helps to explain the work these guardians conduct daily to protect U.S. shores. This exhibit debuted at the museum in 2009 and has just re-opened with new features that illustrate search-and-rescue missions that took place during Hurricane Sandy, the Haiti earthquake and the Midwest floods. Elizabeth City area residents, in particular, will appreciate seeing the dramatic exhibit images and video footage from the rescue of the Bounty, which sank off nearby Cape Hatteras in 2012. 

Al Norte will be open through July 5, 2014, and the Out of the Blue can be seen through February 2015. Admission is free. 

The northeastern regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, the Museum of the Albemarle interprets the history of 13 counties in northeastern North Carolina, considered by many to be the birthplace of English America. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (252) 335-1453 or visit at and on Facebook.

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Elizabeth City is the “Harbor of Hospitality®

Elizabeth City is located in Northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Known as the “Harbor of Hospitality,” the city has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the Continental United States. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or visit For up-to-the-minute info on happenings and events visit

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