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New traveling photography exhibit now open at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Roanoke Island Festival Park has invited the public to visit its latest traveling exhibit, Look Again: Discovering Historical Photos. The exhibit opened March 16 and will be up through June 26.

This free exhibition discusses how the introduction of photography in the mid-1800s forever changed the way we record and remember our personal lives, as well as our community’s, state’s and nation’s history. The large-scale reprints in the exhibit represent a variety of photographic processes, dating from the mid-1800s through the 1970s. The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

The photographs featured in the exhibit are divided into four thematic sections: Telling Stories, Taking a Closer Look, Remembering Faces, and Capturing Moments. Each section focuses on stories and interesting details associated with each individual photo. This traveling exhibit was originally produced by the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

The exhibit and historic attractions at Roanoke Island Festival Park opened March 16 for the 2021 season. The exhibit is free to the public and open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 26 in the Ticket Sales Gallery. Visitors are expected to follow the “Three W’s” as outlined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth mask over nose and mouth, WAIT in line at least six feet away from others, and WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. “If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit,” stated the press release from RIFP.

Roanoke Island Festival Park is a part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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