Friday, October 24, 2014

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

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

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Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.

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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

Halloween Safe Night at the Museum

Friday, October 31, 6–9 p.m.
Ages 12 and under (with adult)
Call 919-872-9535, ext. 3069, for information.

Search out candies and treats as you walk along the trick-or-treat trail and through The Story of North Carolina.

Sponsored by CW22 and MyRDC 28.

Young Associates Members’ Halloween Bash

Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m.

Museum members in their early 20s to early 40s will hold their second annual Halloween costume bash. Join at the event or visit for information. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Time for Tots: Early American Indian Life

Tuesday, November 18, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$3 per child; $1 for museum members
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7979.

Learn about the lives of North Carolina’s first inhabitants by handling objects, listening to stories, and making a paper turtle rattle to take home.

History Corner: North Carolina Neighbors

Wednesday, November 5, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
$3 per child; $1 for museum members

This class is full. For information, call 919-807-7988.

Who moved here from where? Find out about the different people who make up our state.

History Hunters: New North Carolinians

Wednesday, November 5, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$3 per child; $1 for museum members
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7988.

What pulled or pushed you to North Carolina? Learn some reasons why people move here.

Make It, Take It: Bluegrass Banjo

Saturday, November 8, 1–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Come see Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals, and make yourself a toy banjo from three simple items.

Music of the Carolinas: Dark Water Rising

Sunday, November 9, 3 p.m.

This Robeson County band blends soul, blues, country, hip-hop, gospel, and rock with the free spirits of its members’ rich Lumbee culture.

Presented with PineCone and support from the North Carolina Museum of History Associates and Williams Mullen.

History à la Carte: Veterans Histories

Wednesday, November 12, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Rusty Edmister, Oral Historian and Videographer

Edmister, himself a Vietnam veteran, has recorded more than 150 interviews with veterans, and he is determined to document as many as possible. Join him, and some distinguished guests, while he shares his mission to record memories and stories.

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