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July 2015 Final Web

July 2015

Frisco Native American

Frisco Native American Museum SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE MUSEUM The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center will be offering a number of special programs for children and families this summer. Several “Hands-on” exhibits are also available in the Natural History Center. Meet Author Grayhawk Parsons. Grayhawk will be at the museum on Thursday, July 2nd to talk with visitors about his book, Hope on Hatteras. Explorer’s Fossil Pile Enjoy the museum’s nature trail and explore the fossil pile located near the maritime forest pavilion. What looks like a big table filled with sand is actually a treasure-trove filled with sharks teeth, fossilized shells, and other fossils dating back thousands of years. Fun for the entire family. Available daily. Birding for FUN Ever wondered how birds fly? What is the smallest bird? Why birds sing? Discover the museum’s bird garden and see the “biggest bird house” on the east coast. Join the museum director for a funfilled “up close and personal” look at some of the island’s local birds. The session will provide a great introduction to bird watching and possibly start participants on the path to a fun and rewarding life-long hobby. Every Friday at the museum, 2:00 PM, June 26- August 28. Beginning Archaeology Learn the “how, where, what, and why” of the original inhabitants of Hatteras. Discover the history of Native Americans using authentic artifacts many thousands of years old. Take home a piece of history - free gift from the museum. Every Friday at the museum, 3:00 PM, June 26- August 28. The cost of workshops is included in admission which covers an entire week. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located on Hatteras island in Frisco. For more information, visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440. Albemarle Tradewinds has never required contracts from it’s clients. 24 Albemarle Tradewinds July 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

By: Wanda Lassiter, Curator, Museum of the Albemarle An artifact must go through certain stages in order to be exhibited. Sometimes it takes a team of volunteers to make this happen. Once an artifact has been slated for exhibit, the first stage is to determine how the artifact will be interpreted while on exhibit. For example, should an artifact be bright and shiny as if it has never been used, or should show wear and use? Next, photographs are taken of the artifact from every angle. After photography, the step-by-step process of conservation/stabilization is developed on paper before any work is started. Sometimes the process is very simple as with clear bottles that are on display in the apothecary case in our main gallery, Our Story. They simply needed washing with clear water and then dried. Other times, a little more elbow grease is required. An example of this is the lamp from McBride’s Methodist Church. It required several hours of polishing by more than one conservator to make the brass shine like it did while hanging in the church. In a few instances, artifacts that were originally slated for exhibit, did not make it on display due to conservation issues. For example, a toy horse, with real horse hair, perplexed the Collections Staff as to which methods to use. It was determined that it would have to wait for another rotation. After the process is complete, the artifact is photographed again to show the results of the treatments performed. Each artifact is different and unique, thereby requiring special attention. The Museum of the Albemarle would like to thank all of the help from our volunteers and outside conservators over the years for the conservation/stabilization of artifacts for our exhibits. Credit Card Knife Available at River City Computers! Only $1.50 Great to have in your wallet for that emergency situation. Folds up like a credit card and unfolds into a knife. Plastic and Stainless Steel. 2525620987 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds July 2015 25