RALEIGH, N.C. -– Barbecue and artists’ booths, crafts and birthday cake, and a birthday sing-along will all be part of the 170th State Capitol free birthday celebration on June 12 from noon-4 p.m. It’s also one of the 2nd Saturdays programs to be presented all summer at the 37 historic sites and museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com).
The Barbecue Lodge will sell plate lunches for $5-8 at the Capitol celebration. The State Capitol staff will give away cake as long as it lasts after a short ceremony.
The celebration is part of the 2nd Saturdays program that brings together arts, history and authentic North Carolina culture in more than 100 events at venues statewide. The events on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 14 mean free, fantastic fun are a short drive away from families and tourists all across North Carolina.
There was great fanfare and a three-day celebration when the State Capitol opened on June 10, 1840. Visitors came from all over the state to marvel at the extraordinary Greek Revival-style seat of government. Elegant dinners and extravagant galas were topped by dancing in the Senate Chamber and refreshments in Commons Hall. The “Raleigh Register” reported that both chambers were “brilliantly lighted by the magnificent new Chandeliers, which hold near one hundred candles each.” Revelers also enjoyed fireworks on Union Square.
The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The State Capitol is at One Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994 for more information.
Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
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