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Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives

When: Oct. 24-June 19 2016

TREASURES OF CAROLINA: STORIES FROM THE STATE ARCHIVES

SATURDAY, OCT. 24–SUNDAY, JUNE 19, RALEIGH

NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY—This exhibit unearths incredible stories of murder, life during wartime and civil rights in a trove of rarely seen documents and photographs from the State Archives of North Carolina, some so valuable they'll be on display for just a few days. You can see "Siamese twins" Chang and Eng Bunker's 1839 petition for U.S. citizenship, a hand-drawn map used as evidence in the 1867 trial of Tom Dula—whom you may know, from the popular ballad, as Tom Dooley—and North Carolina's original copy of the Bill of Rights (on view Oct. 2427 and June 1519), which was recovered by the FBI in 2003 after being stolen by a Union soldier following the Civil War. Some of the oldest artifacts include the 1663 Carolina Charter bestowed by King Charles II of England (Feb. 814) and a 1584 Spanish map that calls the Cape Fear River "Rio Jordan." Whether mundane or momentous, these public records and private archives make history excitingly tangible. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; noon–5 p.m. Sun., free, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, 919-807-7900, www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. —Brian Howe

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