The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh offers an amazing glimpse into the past that teaches us so much about today’s culture. Fortunately for our Trestles residents, the facility is only about 7 miles away and has several important exhibits on display right now.
North Carolina and World War I
It’s been more than 100 years since the start of WWI and Tar Heel soldiers played a significant role in the “War to End All Wars.” The interactive exhibit helps visitors experience what trench warfare was like on the Western Front of France and Belgium. There are about 500 pieces of history on display including video battle re-enactments.
The Story of North Carolina
The United States has been around for less than 250 years. But this locally focused exhibit helps walk history buffs through 14,000 years of North Carolina history. The largest ever state exhibit showcases numerous artifacts, dioramas and a pair of full-sized houses. Although there are plenty of material items, the focus stays on the people who shaped the region.
Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s true, then Hugh Morton’s breathtaking images tell the story of eight decades of North Carolinians. Some of the popular pictures include recording artist Johnny Cash holding up an American Flag, Dr. Lynn Rogers with a black bear and Cherokee dancers. The wide range of landscapes, people, nature and sports photographs provide a rare perspective about 20th Century North Carolina.
1903 Wright Flyer and 1911 Wright Glider
In a nod that North Carolina was First in Flight, the museum temporarily houses the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction from the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. The aircraft has been elevated to 12 feet, the actual height of their first step into flight. The reproduction is expected to remain prominently displayed until the visitor center completes renovation in 2018.
The North Carolina Museum of History has a variety of other exhibits that include themes such as Miss North Carolina, American Red Cross, 1920’s Drugstore, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Admission is free and the museum is open every day except some major holidays. For more information, call (919) 807-7900.
We hope our Trestles community members take an opportunity to visit the nearby museum. If you or a friend would like more information about our Raleigh apartments, call us today.
Are you looking for the best places to go holiday shopping this season? Malls and retail stores can be hectic and crowded during the holidays; it’s a good idea to be sure of the best places so that you’re not battling for a parking space just to find out that you’re in the wrong place.
Whether you’re new to the area or just looking for some tips, here are 5 of the best holiday shopping destinations in Raleigh, North Carolina.
- Crabtree Valley Mall- If a saturated shopping mall is your preferred place to holiday shop, Crabtree Valley Mall is your place. Packed with popular department stores, brand name retailers, jewelry, book stores, restaurants, and tech devices, you are bound to find whatever it is you’re seeking in one of the nearly 200 stores.
- North Hills- Giving Crabtree Valley Mall a run for its money, North Hills is another great one-stop-shop for holiday shopping. If you don’t like the idea of getting lost in a massive mall, North Hills offers an outdoor shopping experience alternative. Similarly, they are equipped with plenty of shopping, dining, events, and entertainment.
- Logan’s Trading Company- Sometimes, gifting others with flowers and festive plant life is a great way to go. Logan’s Trading Company is a garden shop that has been open for 50 years and sells plants, flowers, holiday decor, landscaping products, and yummy edibles. It’s a great place to stop in for your home holiday decorations and distant relatives, coworkers, or in-laws.
- Deco Raleigh- For those seeking a shopping experience that is diverse and unique, head over to Deco Raleigh. With a mission to support local talent, Deco Raleigh sells the handmade products of over 60 local artisans including pottery, art, jewelry, greeting cards, and t-shirts. Here, you are sure to find something that you will not find anywhere else.
- Quail Ridge Books & Music- Your go-to bookstore is Quail Ridge Books & Music. There is a wide array of books, both new and used, to appease many different hobbies and interests. You can also find music, memberships, cards, and gift cards. Check it out and see what you can check off of your holiday shopping list.
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