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Family Picks: Learn about our state’s governors – and its wildlife

Dress worn by Merle B. Umstead, daughter of Gov. W.B. Umstead, to the 1953 Inaugural Ball. The dress will be included in the N.C. Museum of History’s interactive exhibit “Discover Your Governors.”
Dress worn by Merle B. Umstead, daughter of Gov. W.B. Umstead, to the 1953 Inaugural Ball. The dress will be included in the N.C. Museum of History’s interactive exhibit “Discover Your Governors.” North Carolina Museum of History

This weekend, a new exhibit opens at the N.C. Museum of History, putting the spotlight on North Carolina’s gubernatorial history. Also, a statewide camera trap study gives families the chance to contribute in a real way to the scientific record, while an ongoing book drive funnels reading material to kids in storm-affected areas.

▪ Hurricane Matthew’s devastation has driven many families from their homes. One way to help them is by participating in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ children’s book drive. Books dropped off at 65-gallon bins at the N.C. State Capitol Historic Site and at the museums of art, history and natural sciences will be delivered to shelters, schools and public libraries in a number of eastern North Carolina counties. Visit ncdcr.gov for more information or to find out other ways to help.

▪ If you have a child who wants to do science – real science – perhaps you could participate in citizen science project “North Carolina’s Candid Critters.” Researchers need the public’s help in an enormous statewide camera trap study. Participants can borrow a motion-sensitive camera trap from a nearby public library to set up on approved public land – or, if they have their own camera trap, it can be set up on public or private land. The more citizens participating, the clearer an overall picture of North Carolina’s animals scientists will get. To learn more or to sign up, visit NCCandidCritters.org.

▪ The N.C. Museum of History’s new “Discover Your Governors” exhibit opens Saturday in Raleigh. This is designed to introduce children (and grown-ups) to more than two centuries’ worth of governors through artifacts, photos and interactive stations. Admission is free and the museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

▪ On Sunday, community orchestra Chapel Hill Philharmonia presents “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan Rehearsal Hall. This free concert presents familiar works like “The Star Spangled Banner” and the themes to “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars,” plus the instrument-showcasing piece that gives the event its name. The program starts at 3 p.m. Visit chapelhillphilharmonia.org to learn more.

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