Raleigh — See North Carolina’s history and beauty through the eyes of photographer Hugh MacRae Morton (1921-2006). His captivating images will be featured in the exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” opening Saturday, Aug. 13 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The traveling exhibit is on loan from the UNC Library’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, and it will run through Sept. 4, 2017. Admission is free.

“Morton’s images showcase his love for Tar Heel people, events, landmarks, nature, sports and tourism,” said museum director Ken Howard. “We are pleased to highlight the work of this prolific North Carolinian whose career spanned eight decades.”

From breathtaking mountain views to scenes of coastal fishermen folding nets, the exhibit covers aspects of Morton’s various experiences as a photojournalist, as a soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II and as owner and operator of Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction in Linville. The exhibit’s 87 images feature dozens of his lesser known or unpublished photographs, as well as some classics.

Morton’s photographs reflect his passions as an avid conservationist, environmental activist, sports fan and tourism booster in the Tar Heel state. Visitors to “Photographs by Hugh Morton” also will discover that he was a prominent businessman and political figure in the state. While many of the images capture aspects of daily life, others depict celebrities and events.

To create “Photographs by Hugh Morton,” Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist at UNC Library’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, selected images from the library’s collection of Morton’s estimated quarter-million negatives and transparencies. Fletcher and his co-workers made high-resolution digital scans from Morton’s original negatives and transparencies, which were made into prints for the exhibit.

Come to the N.C. Museum of History for a glimpse of North Carolina during the 20th century. Learn more about the accomplished Wilmington native who contributed so much to his beloved state.

For details about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call (919) 807-7900 or visit www.ncmuseumofhistory.org.

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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 Natural and Cultural Resources.

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