A new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History will feature the state’s governors, including current Gov. Pat McCrory.
“Discover Your Governors” will open on Oct. 22, a few weeks ahead of this year’s gubernatorial election. Several items provided by McCrory will be featured, including a wood carving of his dog Moe. (Moe has his own Facebook page, which the governor’s staff uses to promote animal welfare issues)
The exhibit will also display McCrory’s green Emergency Management outfit, which he wears during natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew. First Lady Ann McCrory’s inaugural gown will be included as well.
Other artifacts include the inkwell that Gov. Zebulon Vance used during the Civil War and pieces of Apollo 11 moon rocks presented to Gov. Bob Scott by President Richard Nixon in 1969.
While the museum is run by a McCrory cabinet agency – the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – museum spokeswoman Susan Lamb says the timing of the exhibit opening isn’t political.
She said the museum hosts an exhibit on governors during every election year, and this one has been in the works for two years.
“It’s more geared to children – there’s no political agenda,” she said.
The 2012 exhibit on governors opened in December, after the election but shortly before McCrory was inaugurated.