Tuesday, February 27, 2024

A Walk in Their Shoes: Living History Program

Feb 27, 2024

The CSS Neuse Museum is pleased to announce an upcoming free admission day scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2024. The event is expected to start at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. The museum offers visitors a chance to explore a range of exhibits and engage with interpreters who will provide valuable information on different aspects of the Civil War. The topics that will be covered include the life of sailors, the contributions of African Americans and women, the Battle of Bentonville, and more.

In addition to free admission, the CSS Neuse Museum has planned a full day of special events. Visitors will have the chance to engage in hands-on activities, such as rope making, toys and games, blockade running, and economy activities where they can construct their ship and observe if it can float. Participants will also be able to examine and handle items from the museum's teaching collection and learn about the stories of African American soldiers who served in the 35th United States Colored Troops.

The CSS Neuse Museum is excited to share its appreciation of local history with visitors and invites everyone to attend this exceptional event on March 2.

The CSS Neuse is the only remaining commissioned Confederate ironclad above water. It was part of a new technology that the Confederacy used to combat the superior manpower and firepower of the Union Navy. Learn about this technological advance and warfare in eastern North Carolina at the CSS Neuse Museum. The Confederate Navy launched the CSS Neuse, attempting to gain control of the lower Neuse River and New Bern, but ultimately destroyed the vessel to keep it out of Union hands.

The CSS Neuse Museum is located at 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, N.C., and open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $5/Adult: 13 years old to 64 years old, $4/Senior: 65 years old, $3/Child: 6 years old to 12 years old, and ages 5 and under are free.

Please contact Rachel Kennedy at (252) 526-9600 x222 for more information. The CSS Neuse Museum is a part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit  https://www.dncr.nc.gov.

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