Monday, May 04, 2015

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

Ms. Betty Ray McCain 
Foundation Board Member

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Featured Exhibits

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Starring North Carolina!
November 15, 2014- September 7, 2015

Starring North Carolina! is an exhibition that will serve as the centerpiece of a celebration of filmmaking in the Tar Heel State. In addition to the exhibit, our celebration will also feature a film series and a film festival. Learn more > 

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol:
Service, Safety, Sacrifice

January 31-August 2, 2015


The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was created in 1929 to address the increase in motor vehicle traffic on the state’s highways and the resulting increase in fatalities. Learn aboutthe agency'srich history through artifacts and images in this lobby exhibit.
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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. Learn more >

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Highlighted Events

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An Evening with David McCullough

Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Call 919-807-7873 for more information.

Author David McCullough is widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history” and has received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award (two times each), as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Join us in welcoming this distinguished writer for an evening of insights on the lessons of leadership he learned while writing his latest release: a biography of the Wright brothers.

Presented with support from the North Carolina Museum of History Foundation, the News & Observer, First Tennessee Bank, Goodnight Educational Foundation, The Sherrill Fund, Smith Family Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth B. Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Hoch, Jr., and Northwestern Mutual.

Starring North Carolina! Film Series: Junebug
Friday, May 8, 6 p.m.
$5 per person; $4 for museum members (including state and local taxes)
MPAA rating: R-L,S; run time: 106 min. 
This story of a troubled homecoming was written by University of North Carolina School of the Arts alumnus Angus MacLachlan and directed by his longtime friend Phil Morrison. The 2005 film was shot in Winston-Salem, as well as Pfafftown (Forsyth County) and McLeansville (Guilford County).

Preservation Day 
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Join Robert Hart, of Hickory—who will be signing copies of his book, Hart Square: One Man’s Passionate Preservation of North Carolina’s Pioneer Heritage, about the 70 historic log structures he has collected—and talk with others from across the state (including representatives from Preservation Greensboro Inc., North Carolina Preservation Consortium, UNC–Greensboro, and Edgecombe Community College) who work to save North Carolina’s treasures. While here, view the Scott Garlock exhibit Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place on the third floor.

Make It, Take It: Time Capsules
Saturday, May 9, 1–3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Can you put time in a bottle? Learn how to save memories in a simple paper “time capsule,” and make one to take home.

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