Celebrate the N.C. Transportation Museum!
February 24, 2018

Featuring the debut of author Alan Coleman’s new book, “North Carolina Transportation Museum”
and artist Peter Lerro’s painting, “Pride of Spencer Shops”

The North Carolina Transportation Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017.  In that milestone year, the NC Transportation Museum Foundation partnered with railroad historian, author, and museum volunteer Alan Coleman to produce a full-color book featuring photos of the museum’s collections, structures, and events over the first forty years.  The NCTM Foundation also commissioned a beautiful painting by artist Peter Lerro, featuring steam and diesel locomotive and several of the museum’s cornerstone structures. 

Join us on February 24 as Alan Coleman offers some remarks about his new book, signs copies of the book available in the Gift Station, and joins retired Historian of the NC Transportation Museum, Walter Turner, on a walking tour of the museum.  You’ll also meet renowned railroad artist Peter Lerro as he personally unveils the “Pride of Spencer Shops” painting.  Limited edition signed prints of the painting, as well as poster prints, will also be available exclusively from the Gift Station.  The museum’s train ride will pause next to the Bob Julian Roundhouse during each of its runs to give visitors a look at the scene that inspired the painting.

Tours of the “Potomac Pacemaker” Piedmont Airlines DC-3 restoration and tours of private railroad cars will also be offered to celebrate North Carolina’s transportation history.

Plus, this will be the final weekend of the museum's traveling exhibit:  Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge: 1718.  We will have special guests, conservators at the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab, where much of the work regarding items pulled from the flagship of Blackbeard the Pirate are kept.

Arianna DiMucci received a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010. After joining the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University in 2011, she worked as a conservation technician conserving artifacts from terrestrial and maritime sites alike. Arianna has been involved in the excavation of several early shipwrecks in Sri Lanka and Croatia, the photography and preservation of artifacts in Turkey, and the conservation of sculpture for New York’s Central Park Conservancy. After receiving her MA in Anthropology, Arianna joined the QAR team as a conservator in June 2016 where her current research is on the conservation of a mechanical jack.

Karen Martindale earned her BA in Anthropology from Rice University in 2011 and MA in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2015, specializing in artifact conservation. She worked for the Texas A&M Conservation Research Laboratory for 4 years, working primarily with artifacts from the shipwrecks La Belle, USS Westfield, and CSS Georgia, in all aspects from excavation to conservation to exhibit design. She began working at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory in June 2016. Her current research focuses on the pocket watch components found on the site.

10am – Noon:      Drop in Tours of the Piedmont Airlines DC3 Restoration
10am – Noon:      Drop in Tours of the Museum’s Private Rail Collection
10am – 3pm:        QAR Conservators at Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge: 1718

12:30pm:             Walking tour with Alan Coleman and former NCTM Historian
2pm:                    Alan Coleman Presentation/Peter Lerro Unveils “Pride of Spencer Shops”
2:30pm:               Book signing
3pm:                    Walking tour