Museum Loans Artifacts for Film Exhibit

Posted May 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm     Category: Cape Fear Museum

Approximately 100 of Cape Fear Museum’s film-related artifacts will journey to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh to be featured in the first major exhibit about the state’s role in the film industry. Starring North Carolina!, created in partnership with the North Carolina Film Office, will explore the state’s continuing presence in the film industry for close to 100 years.

More than 3,000 films and television programs have been made in the Tar Heel State. Using artifacts, images, film clips and interactive components, Starring North Carolina! will give visitors a fascinating look at our homegrown movie business. The exhibit, which opens on November 15, will be part of a yearlong celebration that includes a film festival and film series.

Wilmington, known to some as “Hollywood East,” is home to the largest U.S. television and movie production facility outside of California. Since the 1980s, residents have seen the stars and crews of “Iron Man 3,” “We’re the Millers,” “Blue Velvet,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Empire Records” and “Firestarter” filming around the city. Television shows such “Eastbound and Down,” “Under the Dome,” “Matlock,” The WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill” were also filmed in the Port City.

Since the early 1980s, Cape Fear Museum has built its collection of movie and TV related artifacts. The list of items is long, and includes “Dawson’s Creek” lockers, letter jacket, cheerleader uniforms and pom-poms; “Firestarter” wax bust and denim jacket; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” head, hand and trident; “Empire Records” slate and “One Tree Hill” basketball hoop and slate. All these and more will be on view in Starring North Carolina!

Cape Fear Museum Curator Barbara Rowe noted, “We are happy the state Museum is highlighting the business and Wilmington’s important role in the state’s film industry. It’s wonderful to know that our Museum’s collection of artifacts will help tell this interesting and fun story to so many North Carolinians.”

About the N.C. Museum of History

The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. More information: 919-807-7900 or www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Photo: One Tree Hill slate, CFM 2009.018.0002, Museum purchase

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