Morton Photography Exhibit Offers ‘Uncommon Retrospective’ of NC History

Free Exhibition Held at North Carolina History Center, Jan. 10-Feb. 22

NEW BERN, NC – Jan. 10, 2015

“Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective” brings North Carolina’s landmarks, people, events, wildlife, scenery, sports and its oldest university together in a special photography exhibition held Jan. 10-Feb. 22 at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center.

“Hugh Morton’s photographs provide us with an intimate glimpse of North Carolina’s history and people that’s unlike anything else we’ve ever hosted at Tryon Palace,” said Richard Baker, acting collections manager for Tryon Palace. “By seeing the state through his eyes, we are able to tap into the human experience of what it meant to be a North Carolinian in the 20th century.”

This collection of Morton’s photography spans across eight decades (1930s-2000s) and includes more than 80 photographs. Images include his various experiences as a photojournalist, soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II and owner of the Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction in Linville. Morton’s images also reflect his life as a well-known figure in state government, conservationist, environmental activist, sports fan and prolific image-maker.

This free photography exhibition is on loan from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives of the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit

Upcoming Events at Tryon Palace include:

Jan. 10: Bear Country: Back 2 the Big Game

Jan. 11: President Lincoln and His Cabinet

Jan. 15: An Overview of the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina, 1866-1942

Jan. 23: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: Let Freedom Ring

Jan. 24: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: Heroes and Hard Times

Jan. 25: George Street Project

Jan. 30: WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews and Comfort Foods

About Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit