Ken Howard, Director of NC Museum of History, talks with Big Jim about new free exhibits including “Beach Music”, “Answering the Call”, and “Are We There Yet?”
Current Exhibit Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas- Sponsored by KIX
This free exhibit offers a fresh look at the cross-racial dynamics that formed beach music, a defining sound of the Carolinas
- Learn about not only the hits and the dance moves but also the fascinating stories behind the music.
- Experience an interactive video on the basics of shag dancing.
- Listen to beach music favorite 45s on a vintage 1965 Wurlitzer jukebox.
- See flashy costumes worn by stars of the scene, including Band of Oz, the Embers, and Chairmen of the Board.
- Enjoy an in-gallery dance floor and listen to original interview excerpts in which fans reflect on how the music has shaped their lives.
- Daydream of being at the coast in front of a large-screen live feed from Carolina Beach. New April Exhibit #1 Answering the Call: Experiences of North Carolina’s Military Veterans, 1898–1945
- A free and permanent new military exhibit with a focus on the experiences of North Carolinians who stepped up to “answer the call” to service—from the Spanish-American War (1898) through World War II.
- Produced by NC Museum of History staff
New April Exhibit #1 Answering the Call: Experiences of North Carolina’s Military Veterans, 1898–1945
– A free and permanent new military exhibit with a focus on the experiences of North Carolinians who stepped up to “answer the call” to service—from the Spanish-American War (1898) through World War II.
– Produced by NC Museum of History staff
Nearly 200 Artifacts to see including:
- A World War II-era pack howitzer artillery cannon
- A 1914 Medal of Honor awarded at Veracruz, Mexico
- “Spy”-type items used by the federal Office of Strategic Services (OSS);
Featured Immersive Elements:
- Reenacted film shorts that “bring to life” stories of people from our past using scripts based on primary sources (these will be presented in the “crate video”);
- Sound domes that present oral histories of North Carolinians associated with conflicts;
- Historical film footage;
- Environmental vignettes that depict WWI trenches (a WWII medical-aid station on Corregidor (Philippines), and the beach at Iwo Jima).
New April Exhibit #2 “Are We There Yet? North Carolina’s Variety Vacationland” 1930s-1970s
- The free exhibit opens Friday, April 30
- See vintage travel photos, artifact souvenirs, and clips from the “Variety Vacationland” movies
- Teaches the positive and negative aspects of the “Variety Vacationland” tourism campaign, which was prominent from roughly the 1930s-1970s (with its peak being the 1950s and 1960s)
- Positive in that it was a popular campaign and did bring a tourism boom to the state; Negative in that it did not include all of North Carolina’s residents and tourists (only White). True to the Jim Crow era, most sites promoted were marketed (and accessible) to White tourists only; people of color were neglected and even exploited at times, an attitude this exhibit attempts to point out where possible.