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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 @ High Noon: North Carolina Women
Presenters: Michele Gillespie, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Wake Forest University; Sally G. McMillen, Professor of History Emerita, Davidson College

Wednesday, March 10
12:00 pm

Together, Gillespie and McMillen collaborated on two volumes of North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, part of a series (University of Georgia) of essays that focus on the lives of individual women or small groups of women from the various southern states. Each collection profiles individuals to address issues in the history of their respective states, the South, and the nation and to contribute to understandings of women’s history and gender roles in American society. The duo will describe the book project itself, how it developed and how they undertook the task; consider North Carolina’s uniqueness and the opportunities it provided women; and discuss one essay from each volume (four in total) that they liked, wrote, or feel is especially interesting or significant.

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History and Mocktails: St. Patrick’s Life and Legacy
Presenter: Dr. Charles Ludington, Department of History, North Carolina State University

Thursday, March 11
7:00 pm

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with this look at the real Patrick, a fifth-century Romano-Briton citizen who was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland where he worked as a shepherd. After escaping captivity, Patrick made his way to France and trained as a priest, then returned to Ireland to convert his former captors. Much of Patrick’s legacy in Ireland is disputed, but he is generally credited with introducing Christianity to Ireland and was canonized as a result. In the centuries after his death, the cult of St. Patrick spread from Ireland to the rest of Christian Europe, and in the early 17th century his death date, March 17, was made his feast day by the Catholic Church. In more recent centuries, St. Patrick became a symbol of Ireland itself and a cause for celebration around the world—a testimony to both the Irish diaspora and the general Irish reputation for having a bit of fun.

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Chasing My Cure
Presenter: David C. Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 24
7:00 pm

When a 20-something medical-school student starts experiencing overwhelming fatigue and organ failure out of nowhere, it’s no ordinary case. But, then, what do you do when doctors tell you they have no approved treatment for your condition? And when you’re read your last rites? That’s what Fajgenbaum, a former Georgetown quarterback, was faced with—five times.

Fajgenbaum has offered to autograph bookplates for newly purchased copies of Chasing My Cure. Order yours on our Museum Shop website: the package will be sent to you or prepared for curbside or in-store pickup—while supplies last!

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History + Highballs: Women Who Brew
Presenters: Michelle Miniutti, Jackie Hudspeth, Ellen Joyner: Founders, Bombshell Beer Company, Holly Springs

Thursday, March 25
7:00 pm

Michelle and Ellen were business colleagues who also liked to visit breweries and craft-centric beer bars. So it seemed natural when, in January of 2011, after a day visiting local breweries, Michelle suggested to Ellen, who had actually been a home brewer for more than 10 years, that they start their own microbrewery. Both had strong business management backgrounds and entrepreneurial spirits, so they formed a plan, asked Jackie to join their venture, and got to work. At that time, the United States had only three 100-percent women-owned microbreweries. But within five years, Bombshell Beer Company had changed that, and its beers had won more than 25 medals in international, national, and regional competitions. In March 2020, the company was named one of the 10 “most amazing” women-led breweries and distilleries in the world by 10Best, a division of USA Today!

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Daughters of the Sky: The Legacy of Women Pilots in North Carolina
Presenter: John Moseley, ‎Assistant Site Manager, ‎Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Wednesday, March 31
7:00 pm

Women’s History Month closes out with our first installment of the museum’s Answering the Call: World War II Lecture Series. In World War II, some of the American women who answered the call to service did so from thousands of feet above the Cape Fear region—as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs: the first women trained to fly the military’s frontline arsenal. Though many of them would make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, they did not receive recognition for their military service until nearly three decades after World War II ended. Learn about these amazing women and their special tie to North Carolina.

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Longleaf Film Festival 

May 14-15, 2021 

A free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of independent film in a place that strives to tell the stories that connect us all—this is Longleaf. Our weekend festival screens films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection, through the people involved in making them or through their subject. The North Carolina Museum of History serves as home base for Longleaf Film Festival.

Entering year seven in 2021, Longleaf continues to grow, even though, due to COVID-19, Longleaf 2020 became a series of online and live-streamed events. Still, through our community of filmmakers and film fans, we were able to promote the art and craft of filmmaking and the passion of film to viewers in Raleigh, the Triangle, and beyond. Explore Longleaf Film Festival through our website, or through FilmFreeway. And stay in touch—join the conversation through social media. We’re @LongleafFilmFestival on Facebook and Instagram, and @LongleafFF on Twitter. We know that making films is making history.

History at Home!

Experience the North Carolina Museum of History digitally!

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.

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