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Cape Fear Museum News for July 3, 2013

Military Families Admitted Free This Summer at Museum

Cape Fear Museum is pleased to participate in the Blue Star Museums initiative to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
 Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, as well as members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members. While Cape Fear Museum is the only regional museum participating in Blue Star Museums, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums to find more. Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

Museum Awarded Two Grants in Conjunction with The Big Read

 Cape Fear Museum is one of 77 organizations selected to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a Big Read project in the Cape Fear region. The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, The Big Read provides competitive grants to support innovative reading programs in selected communities.
The $16,000 grant will be used to provide unique opportunities for the community to read The Things They Carried, a collection of related stories about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War by Tim O’Brien. Activities related to the book will be offered from November 2013 to February 2014. O’Brien will present a book discussion at three local venues in January 2014. Collaborators include The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Cameron Art Museum, Cape Fear Community College, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Hannah S. Block Community Arts Center, New Hanover County Schools, New Hanover County Library, StarNews, Thalian Association, University of North Carolina Wilmington, WHQR Public Radio 91.3FM, World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition, WWAY NewsChannel 3 and YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear. Each partner will help provide related programming, activities and outreach to the community.
The Big Read Greater Wilmington also coincides with Cape Fear Museum opening a traveling exhibition, Mail Call, from November 9, 2013-January 20, 2014. Mail Call was organized with the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and tells the fascinating story of military mail and communication—from the American Revolution to current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Museum also received a $5,000 grant from the Smithsonian Community Grant program. This competitive grant was awarded to assist in the development and implementation of programming related to Mail Call, including “Adults Night Out: Military Roadshow,” underwriting admission for active duty personnel and their dependents for the duration of the Mail Call exhibit and to support keynote speaker Tim O’Brien, the author of The Things They Carried. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), is used to strengthen the connections between museums nationwide and their communities. The grants allow exhibitors to enhance current program offerings or to create a new program suited to the topic of the SITES exhibition that they will be hosting. For more information, visit www.sites.si.edu.
MetLife Foundation was established by MetLife to carry on its longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Grants are made to support health, educational, civic and cultural organizations and programs. Recognizing the vital role museums play in building communities and educating young people, MetLife Foundation supports initiatives to increase opportunities and access and reach broader audiences through inclusive programming. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

Cape Fear Museum Selected for Yale Public History Institute

Cape Fear Museum has been selected by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition to participate in the 2013-2014 Yale Public History Institute.  The Museum was one of five institutions nationwide selected to participate in this unique seminar.  Museum Director Ruth Haas said, “This is a great opportunity for the Museum to learn how other institutions are exploring the complex history of slavery and African Americans’ experiences, and we’re excited and honored to have been one of the institutions chosen by the Gilder Lehrman Center.”
For one week in July, three Museum staff members will be in New Haven at the Institute.  Curator Barbara Rowe, Historian Janet Davidson and Exhibit Manager Adrienne Garwood will participate in daily discussions – led by Yale faculty members and eminent public historians – that explore historical content and interpretive issues.  During the week, Cape Fear Museum’s staff will have the chance to explore cutting-edge ways to interpret African American history and culture for the broader public with other organizations who are also seeking to reinterpret their pasts for the publics they serve.  The other participants include Appomattox Court House National Historic Park in Appomattox, VA; Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer, NY; Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC; and the Owens-Thomas House in Savannah, GA.
 The Yale Public History Institute is co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and with additional support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, awarded through the Office of the Provost at Yale University.  The Gilder Lehrman Center was established in November 1998 to promote the study of all aspects of slavery and its destruction. The Center seeks to foster an improved understanding of the role of slavery in the founding of the modern world by promoting interaction and exchange among scholars, teachers, and public historians through publications, educational outreach, and other programs and events. For further information on the Gilder Lehrman Center and the Yale Public History Institute, visit www.yale.edu/glc/phi.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students with valid ID and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3. Museum members are admitted free. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. The Museum is located at 814 Market Street in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.