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 @ High Noon: Mary Ellen’s Bird Nest: Crafting a Carolina Christmas
Presenter: Michael Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts
Wed., Dec., 2 • 12:00 PM
This may be a surprise to many, but Christmas decorating has not always been the frenzy it is today. Explore how the tradition of decorating has changed through the years, and learn how you can create a festive holiday decor that’s perfect for any time period.
History + Highballs: Bourbon!
Presenter: Rick Henry, State Manager for North Carolina, Sazerac Company
Wed., Dec., 2 • 7:00 PM
The Sazerac Company became a Southern institution in the early 1800s after one of the brand’s Cognacs landed in New Orleans from France. Henry’s presentation will include a history of the Sazerac Company, a background on the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and some other general information. Little known fact: Benjamin Franklin directed the company in production of cannons to help the Patriots during our American Revolution.
Yuletide by the Seaside
Thurs., Dec., 3 • 7:00 PM
Join your friends at the North Carolina Museum of History Associates for our annual holiday party! During this virtual event, we’ll be joined by one of Ira David Wood’s alter egos from A Christmas Carol and our favorite jazz trio, Peter Lamb and the Wolves. Learn to shag and enjoy other beach-themed surprises in celebration of our newest exhibition, Beach Music: Making Waves in the Carolinas!
NCMOH Jazz Series: Nnenna Freelon: Concert with Conversation
Thurs., Dec., 10 • 7:00 PM
What links exist between Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra? Who are some songwriters of the Great American Songbook? Who can we look to today? Join this Grammy-nominated vocalist and North Carolina–based artist and her accompanist for an intimate, informal program that explores some popular music of the 1940s—and some from the current day. The music, and the stories, will take us on a surprising journey.
This first evening of our virtual jazz concert mini-series is presented by the North Carolina Museum of History.
NCMOH Jazz Series: T. S. Monk: Monk on Monk
Fri., Dec., 11 • 7:00 PM
North Carolina native Thelonious Monk was one of the world’s greatest jazz pianists. Hailed as the “High Priest of Bebop” and a founding father of modern jazz, his music continues to influence musicians today. In this concert, his son, Thelonious Sphere “T. S.” Monk III, carries on his father’s legacy. Whether performing newly discovered compositions or legendary family songs, the music is overpowering, swinging, and timeless.
This second evening of our virtual jazz concert mini-series is presented by the North Carolina Museum of History.
Coffee with a Curator: Chatting about the Sports Hall of Fame
Presenter: Katie Edwards, Curator of Popular Culture
Tue., Dec., 15 • 10:00 AM
Grab your preferred morning beverage, and join us for an exchange with a representative from the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, which you can visit at the Museum of History. The 20-minute program will be followed by time for a Q&A session.
History @ High Noon: Moravian Christmas Traditions
Presenter: Johanna Metzgar Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem
Wed., Dec., 16 • 12:00 PM
According to a December 1894 issue of The Wachovia Moravian, “The Moravians know how to keep Christmos [sic].” Many of those Christmas customs, such as Christmas Eve love feasts, date back centuries; others, like candle tea, have been added in recent times to highlight and share Moravian traditions with the community. Brown, a Moravian, herself, will share heartwarming stories of Moravian Christmas celebrations through the centuries and present objects from the Old Salem collection that can teach us about Christmases past.
History + Mocktails: Decorating Biltmore
Presenter: Lizzie Borchers, Floral Displays Manager, Biltmore House & Gardens
Thurs., Dec., 17 • 7:00 PM
Almost 4,000 strands of twinkling lights; 100 lanterns hanging from poles of estate-harvested bamboo; more than 65 shrubs decorated with nearly 200 sparkling stars, snowflakes, and spheres—and that’s only Biltmore Village! Borchers will talk about the history of Christmas at Biltmore and what decorating the home for the holidays entails these days.
A Texas native, Borchers studied floriculture at Texas A&M University with a dream of someday working at Biltmore. After working at Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events, one of the largest florist shops in Texas, she joined Biltmore in 2014 as Lodging and Events Floral Manager; she became Floral Displays Manager in July 2017.
History and Highballs is an early-evening adults-only virtual program designed to investigate some of North Carolina’s more fascinating stories, places, and characters. So grab a favorite evening libation and tune in to these events. Not sure how to make a mixed drink or what drink to mix? The series includes a quick introduction on mixed drinks, alongside the historical lecture. Talks are accompanied with media, when available, and followed by a short audience Q&A session.
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.