Thursday, February 11, 2016

Support Your Museum

Mrs. Betty McCain, Board Member of the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, explains why she supports the North Carolina Museum of History.

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Monday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day,
Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.


5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
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Free (charge for some special exhibits)

Featured Exhibits

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The Story of
North Carolina

This major permanent exhibit traces life in North Carolina from the area’s first inhabitants through the 20th century. 
Picture of children in the Tar Heel Junior Historian Gallery History in Every Direction: Tar Heel Junior Historian Association Discovery Gallery

Learn history through fun and informative hands-on activities, along with award-winning projects by students from across North Carolina. 

picture of a basketball in the Sports Hall of FAme North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

The hall of fame celebrated its 50th year in 2013. Enjoy audio, video, and interactive biographies as well as sports artifacts.

N.C. Sports Hall of Fame Web site
Fred's Finds: The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (in English)
Fred's Finds: The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (en Español)

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Highlighted Events

History à la Carte: Flying Forward with Piedmont Airlines

Wednesday, February 10, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Bill Wilkerson, Retired Pilot, Piedmont Airlines, and Board Member, North Carolina Transportation Museum
Wilkerson set his sights on flight when he was 9. At 16, he started taking flying lessons, and by 21 he had his pilot’s license—ready to become the industry’s third African American pilot, working for Piedmont Airlines. Captain Wilkerson also helped launch Wheeler Airlines, the first black-owned airline. 

Jamming with Melvin Parker: Life on the Road with James Brown 

Thursday, February 11, 6 p.m.
Melvin Parker, Drummer

Parker, a native of Kinston, started playing with singer—and founding father of funk—James Brown during the 1960s. Among the music Parker will perform in this special one-hour jam session are “Out of Sight”; “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”; and “I Got You/I Feel Good”—all recorded in 1964 and 1965. 

High-Tech Carolina Couture: Justin LeBlanc

Saturday, February 13, 3–4 p.m.

Free tickets are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.
Note:  American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this program. For questions or to reserve ASL seats, call 919-807-7988.

Justin LeBlanc, College of Design, North Carolina State University

LeBlanc, fashion designer and finalist on Lifetime channel’s Project Runway, will discuss how his inspirations and ties to North Carolina work with fibers, fabrics, and technology to create fashion—much like designer Willie Otey Kay contributed to the art form of her time, transforming the dreams of brides and debutantes to reality through her handmade designs.

Music of the Carolinas: Amythyst Kiah

Sunday, February 14, 3 p.m. 
Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.

Kiah is an alternative-country blues singer and songwriter who fuses traditional old-time music with R&B and country sounds from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s to create a contemporary style that leaves the original song’s integrity but results in a new powerful, soulful rendition.

Wine & Design: Southern Impressions 

Friday, February 26, 6 p.m.
$50 per person; $40 for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)
Registration for the Wine & Design event. Limited space available. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Michael Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Curator, Southern Impressions

Bring a friend or come solo, and paint like a pro! While Ausbon walks you through what makes southern art “southern,” an artist from Wine & Design’s Raleigh studio will lead you in creating a piece of your own. Wine and snacks included in fee.

North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh  27601

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