Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Why I support the North Carolina Museum of History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution...

Mr. Robert C. Doherty
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North Carolina Museum of History Foundation

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Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, 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

 scruggs banjo Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals
August 29, 2014-May 17, 2015

From the early 1950s to the early 1980s, bluegrass festivals and fiddlers’ conventions, record labels, and television shows all helped to popularize bluegrass music. This year’s lobby case features promotional posters, album covers, and television clips.
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Stagville: Black & White

March 1, 2014-January 25, 2015

Photographer Brenda Scott showcases the natural beauty of Historic Stagville while capturing the spirit of those who once lived there and connecting the past and the present in this exhibit of her work. Learn more >

North Carolina and the Civil War: The Bitter End, 1864–1865

The third and final exhibit in the Civil War sesquicentennial series begins in the spring of 1864, when heavy fighting in Virginia was thinning the ranks of Tar Heel troops, and closes with the surrender of the CSS Shenandoah in Liverpool, England on November 6, 1865. Learn more>

The Story of North Carolina

Permanent exhibit using artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, interactives, and other components to chronicle life in North Carolina from the earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. Learn more

basketball  North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
Audio, video, and interactive biographies, plus Richard Petty's stock car, Meadowlark Lemon's uniform, and other sports artifacts.

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Highlighted Events

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Saturdays in the Garden

Saturdays, September 20 and October 11, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join the museum’s garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza and see what’s going on! Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

New Deal String Band

Wednesday, October 1, 5–7 p.m.

Hear the original members of this Raleigh-based band as they reunite for a special concert. The New Deal String Band achieved national fame as one of the pioneers of “newgrass”—a progressive style of bluegrass.

PineCone Bluegrass Jam

Thursday, October 2, 5–7 p.m.

Bring your instrument and your love of bluegrass to the Museum of History for a jam session.

Presented with PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.

History à la Carte: In the Shadow of the Blue Ridge

Wednesday, October 8, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Doug Porter Jr., Historic Site Manager, City of Raleigh

Porter will explore an important, but often overlooked, portion of North Carolina: Surry County and the North Carolina foothills—in many ways, a distinctive region with its own folkways and identity.

Fall Open House for Teachers

Thursday, October 9, 2014
4–5 p.m. Resource Fair
5–7:30 p.m. Workshops
For more information call 919-807-7982

Enjoy light refreshments, bust some history myths, and explore our legendary resources!  CE certificates will be given at completion of the event. To register click here.

Starring North Carolina! Film Series: Maximum Overdrive

Friday, October 10, 6 p.m.
$5 per person; $4 for museum members

As we count down to the opening of Starring North Carolina!, join us on the second Friday of each month to celebrate the films of North Carolina. Speakers will introduce each film at 6 p.m. Admission tickets will be sold in the Museum Shop.

Make It, Take It: Face Jugs

Saturday, October 11, noon–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Hear some North Carolina pottery history, and craft a little clay “face” of your own.

Saturdays in the Garden

Saturday, October 11, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join the museum’s garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza and see what’s going on! Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

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