UPCOMING VIRTUAL PROGRAMS + EVENTS
We always have something planned to celebrate our state’s dynamic culture, its communities from the mountains to the ocean, and the connections we all share! Click below on our exciting events for 2020 and stay tuned for details still to come.
History Hunters: Blackbeard—A Tale of Two Ships
Wednesday, June 16
How can one ship be two? Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, had a previous life as La Concorde, a French slave-trading vessel. Learn some (formerly) hidden history with Elise Carroll, our guest speaker from the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab.
Juneteenth: A Story of Freedom
Presenters: Earl Ijames, Curator of African American, Agriculture, and Community History, North Carolina Museum of History; Chrystal Regan, Education Section Chief, North Carolina Museum of History
Wednesday, June 16
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day in 1865 (June 19th) when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed—a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and more than two months after America’s Civil War “officially” ended. Juneteenth—a celebration that spread the word about the passage of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States—is an important milestone in the fight for equality and provides an opportunity for us all to pause and consider the meaning of freedom and to rededicate ourselves to telling stories that reflect all members of our community
Celebrate Juneteenth at the Museum of History
Friday, June 18
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Emancipation Day celebrated freedom in parts of North Carolina beginning in 1862 before that same news reached Texas in 1865—known as Juneteenth (June 19, 1865). Juneteenth honors hope and freedom.
The North Carolina Museum of History invites you to observe this holiday by bringing friends and family to the museum for reflecting on the past and looking to the future.
Meet members of the Battery B Second Regiment, United States Colored Troops Light Artillery Civil War reenactors, as they reveal the legacy of these courageous soldiers. Visit museum exhibits, and enjoy an author reading and book signing by the 2021 Piedmont Laureate, Kelly Starling Lyons. The renowned children’s author will read her poignant story, Hope’s Gift, which commemorates the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation as seen by one little girl who dreams of freedom for herself and her people. A free activity guide based on the book is available for families.
This event is in person at the North Carolina Museum of History. It is free to the public.
History + Highballs: Grove Park Inn
Presenter: Bruce E. Johnson, Author and Historian
Thursday, June 24
Even with 400 men working 10-hour shifts over a six-day work week to log timber and lug tons of granite boulders, using mules and wagons, construction of the Grove Park Inn was fortunate to be finished by opening day in July 1913. But immediately, newspapers across the United States christened it “the finest resort hotel in the world.” Indeed, it drew the rich and famous to Asheville, where they relaxed among panoramic views and took in the healthful, soothing climate of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Among guests have been 10 US presidents; noted industrialists like Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and John D. Rockefeller Jr.; and personalities including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Will Rogers, David Copperfield, Gene Hackman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jennifer Lopez. Enjoy a filmed walking tour of this historic Arts and Crafts–based property and a live Q&A session with Johnson.
History + Highballs: Millford
Presenter: Grant S. Quertermous, Curator and Director of Collections, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
Thursday, July 22
Millford, located near Pinewood, South Carolina, was built between 1839 and 1841. Its six massive, fluted Corinthian columns, 16-foot interior ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, domed rotunda, and spectacular circular staircase demonstrate all the features that are inherent in Greek Revival architecture. In fact, Millford is considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture in America.
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Explore exhibits, engage the collections, tune into a podcast, check out blog posts and enrich your learning of Tar Heel history with our History-at-Home learning packets.