Upcoming Events

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As we schedule out events on our calendar, we'll add them here. Online registration is available for most children's programs.


Exhibit : First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

Through Monday, May 30, 2016

This traveling exhibit features a copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio. Printed in 1623, seven years after his death, First Folio was the initial collection of his plays—without this 900-page collection of 36 plays by Shakespeare, we might not have Shakespeare as we know him!

Organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library and produced in association with the American Library Association and the Cincinnati Museum Center; the exhibit was funded, in part, by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the support of Google.org, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, and other generous donors.


Conservation Assistance Day
Friday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Appointment required. Call 919-807-7823.

Bring up to three objects for assessment and advice on care from a museum conservator. The museum does not provide estimates on value.


Artist at Work: Jessica Dingle
Saturday, May 21, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Visit with Dingle as she crafts intricate beadwork that reflects her Waccamaw Siouan heritage.


Film Screening: Sitting at God's Table
Sunday, May 22
Not rated; run time 75 minutes.

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7969

Leaders from five Raleigh-area religious communities gather for dinner. Their conversations acknowledge our differences, as well as what we have in common. A panel discussion with the film-makers and three of its participants follows the film.


Have Fun with “Hamlet” 
Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m.-noon
Ages 6-10 (with adult)
The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required.
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7996.

Use your bodies, voices and imaginations to bring Shakespeare’s words to life, and begin to connect to the rhythm of his works. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh Little Theatre.


Words, Words, Words!
Saturday, May 21, 1-2 p.m.
Ages 11-14 (with adult)
The program is free, but space is limited and registration is required.
To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7996.

Shakespeare loved playing with words, such as “champion,” “excitement” and “zany,” which we still use today. Explore the bard’s words and use your imagination to create your own. Presented in conjunction with Raleigh Little Theatre.


“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”
Sat., May 28, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 3 p.m.
Monday, May 30, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Join the Bare Theatre for free outdoor productions of this Shakespearean play in the museum’s Fletcher Garden area. Each performance is 90-minutes.


June

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History Corner: Clayful Creations
Wednesday, June 1, 10–11 a.m.

Ages 6–9 (with adult) 
$3* per child; $1* for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7988. 

Why is North Carolina mud often red? Find out, and learn about our state’s clay-ey history. Then make a piece of pottery to take home.


History Hunters: From Dirt to Dish
Wednesday, June 1, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 

Ages 10–13 
$3* per child; $1* for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7988.

Learn the role that pottery has played in Tar Heel history, and try your hand at making a clay creation.


A Bonus Collection: More from the Otey Sisters
Thursday, June 2–Thursday, June 16

Come back for another visit to the lobby exhibit Made Especially for You by Willie Kay and see this new short-term collection of bonus dresses from additional lenders. 


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week!


First Fridays at the Museum
Friday, June 3, 5–9 p.m. 

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7969.

How are museum collections stored? And, how do a ideas and sketches transform into an exhibit? Register to tour one of our artifact collection rooms and the design shop. Before or after your tour, taste—while supplies last—samples of mead from Durham’s Honeygirl Meadery. The Museum Shop and our lobby-level exhibits will be open throughout the evening. Check our social media outlets for more information.


Lecture/Discussion: James Murchison
Saturday, June 4, 3–4 p.m.

James Murchison, Founder and Designer, Backstabbers Clothing, and Owner, Honor Raleigh

Murchison, will share insights about opening his own clothing design business in Raleigh and using the new word of mouth—social media—to keep it going. A Q&A session and raffle follow the presentation.


An Afternoon with Anne
Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m.

Anne Graham Lotz, Commentator and Author

FREE tickets are available on Eventbrite.  RSVP here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-afternoon-with-anne-tickets-25329751970. Please bring your printed ticket or display your confirmation on your phone. Tickets will be released by 2:45 p.m.the day of the event.

See North Carolina’s Favorite Son: Billy Graham and His Remarkable Journey of Faith as the exhibit starts its last month, and hear the daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham share stories about growing up and how life has changed without her husband of 49 years, local dentist Dr. Danny Lotz. The founder of Angel Ministries Inc., Lotz has authored 16 books, including her recently released The Daniel Prayer. A Q&A session and book signing follow the presentation.


Time for Tots: Fit to Be Tied
Tuesday, June 7, 10–10:45 a.m.

Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$3* per child; $1* for Associates/museum members (plus state and local taxes)
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7979.

Discover the origin of one popular Father’s Day gift: the necktie! Then make a craft from ties to take home.


History à la Carte: Old and New Language Treasures of the Tar Heel State
Wednesday, June 8, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Walt Wolfram, English Professor and Director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University, and Author, Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7969

Did you grow up hearing the Outer Banks brogue? or Scots-Irish mountain speech? or some verbal traditions of African Americans, American Indians, Latinos, or other ethnic groups? Our state has the distinction of having more variations in dialect than any other state, and Wolfram will explore some of that rich linguistic heritage with recordings and video clips.


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week!


After Hours: Talking about Treasures
Thursday, June 9, 5:30–8 p.m.

To register, click here. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Emily Rainwater, Conservator, State Archives of North Carolina, and Jordan Madre, Assistant Registrar, Museum of History

The conservator and registrar who served on the Treasures of Carolina exhibit team will discuss how historic documents are stabilized, how the priceless objects are installed, and why they are rotated. Afterward, take part in an after-hours tour of the exhibit and see a collection of famous signatures from the archives—including letters or documents signed by George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Buckminster Fuller—before it is rotated out on Tuesday, June 14.

Presented in partnership with the State Archives of North Carolina.


Latino Artists at Work

Saturday, June 11, 1–4 p.m.

Leticia Alvarez, Claudia Corletto, Titania Delgado, Francisco Gonzalez, Yholima Vargas-Pedroza

See the work of these North Carolina artists and craftspeople, who have Latino roots, and find out how they progress from idea to art. Then try your own hand at using paint, clay, and other raw materials.

Presented in partnership with Diamante Inc.: Uniting Latinos through Art and Culture.


Sara Grey and Kieron Means
Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m.

Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.

Grey grew up with mountain music and continues to explore that interest in her adult life by studying folklore, collecting stories, and performing music that traces migration from the British Isles to North America. Like paintings in the museum’s Southern Impressions exhibit, the traditional ballads and songs performed by Grey and her son reflect moments of daily life. “The ‘telling’ of a story in . . . song,” she says, “achieves a [result similar to] an artist’s expression of . . . emotions and feelings on canvas.” 

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


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursdays, June 16, 23, and 30, 10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week!


Film Screening: America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment
Friday, June 17, 7–9 p.m.

Not rated; run time: 60 min.

James G. Lewis, Historian and Editor, Forest History Today

Carl Schenck, a German forester, managed more than 100,000 acres of woodlands at the Biltmore Estate and established the first forestry school in the US, helping to launch the American conservation movement. A panel discussion led by Lewis and a Q&A session follow the screening.

Film produced for the Forest History Society by Bonesteel Films.


Exhibit Opening: State Parks Centennial
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

The North Carolina state parks system is turning 100 with a display that features an interactive gallery with historical photos of all the parks, images of the nature that the parks protect, and amazing pictures taken by state park rangers over the years.


Storytime in the Gallery
Thursdays, June 23 and 30, 10–10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week!