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Civil War weapons will be on display at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center July 12.
Civil War weapons will be on display at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center July 12.
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KINSTON — CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center will showcase the art of free family fun on July 12 in the second of the three month long popular program “2nd Saturdays,” through August. The program also commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The “Weapons of the Civil War” program will exhibit private weapon collections of Cmdr. Gerald C. Roxbury, Retired U.S. Navy and Mr. Dan Mastin. During the Civil War weapons technology changed dramatically. The program will showcase an extensive collections of Civil War small arms and weapons; ranging from large to small and common to obscure items including marlinspikes, torpedoes, grappling hooks, rifles, muskets, carbines and cutlasses of both domestic and imported manufacture. There will also be costumed interpretation and outdoor firing demonstrations throughout the day provided by the Carolina Living History Guild.

To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, North Carolina’s State Historic Sites Division and History Museums Division will be hosting programs that focus on Freedom, Sacrifice, and Memory. For a full list of these events visit http://www.nccivilwar150.com/.

At the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center, learn about the ironclad gunboat and watch as a new museum takes shape. The Confederate Navy launched the ill-fated CSS Neuse in a futile attempt to regain control of the lower Neuse River and the city of New Bern. The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is located at 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, N.C. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gov. Caswell Memorial is located at 2612 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston, N.C. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sites are closed Sunday and Monday, and most major holidays.

For information, please contact Holly Brown at 252-526-9600 ex. 223 or email cssneuse@ncdcr.gov. Visit the site on Facebook at the “CSS Neuse” or “Gov. Richard Caswell Memorial State Historic Site” pages. The sites are administered by the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. 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 Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating 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 spurring the economic stimulus engine 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 to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically .

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 www.ncdcr.gov.

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