July Programs at N.C. Museum of History
Raleigh, N.C. — July will bring a host of programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. On July 13 hear about fascinating new clues that may help solve some mysteries surrounding the Lost Colony when archaeologist Edward “Clay” Swindell highlights investigations sponsored by the First Colony Foundation. The discoveries at Bertie County’s “Site X” have revealed important clues and gained international attention.
July also features the genealogy workshop Searching for African American Ancestors. Three archivists from the State Archives of North Carolina will help you by sharing research materials and methods. The all-day workshop includes lunch.
If a wedding is in your future, plan to attend the Night at the Museum Bridal Expo. See what local caterers, florists and other wedding-related vendors have to offer.
Mark your calendar for all this and more in July at the N.C. Museum of History. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.
First Fridays at the Museum
Friday, July 1, 5-9 p.m.
Start your holiday weekend with visits to three lobby-level exhibits — Los Jets: Playing for the American Dream, Made Especially for You by Willie Kay and The Story of North Carolina. Be sure to stop in the Museum Shop for North Carolina pottery, jewelry, specialty foods and more.
Monday, July 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy some festivities downtown, then cool off with a visit to check out the museum’s exhibits. Be sure to see Southern Impressions: Paintings From the James-Farmer Collection before it closes at the end of the day. The exhibit features 40 loaned paintings from the collection of Dr. Everette James and Dr. Nancy Farmer, of Chapel Hill.
*History Corner: Happy 4th!
Wednesday, July 6, 10-11 a.m.
Ages 6-9 (with adult)
$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7988.
How did folks observe our nation’s birthday in the past? Come find out!
*History Hunters: A Raleigh 4th of July
Wednesday, July 6, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7988.
Fireworks. Parades. Elephants? Discover how Raleigh has celebrated July 4th over the years.
*Storytime in the Gallery
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 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.
Bead a Dragonfly With Eric Ennis
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-noon
$15 plus tax per participant
Registration for this program is closed. Call 919-807-7988 to add your name to the waiting list.
Eric Ennis, High-Couture Designer and Beading Artist
Learn the basics of beading on fabric by creating a beautiful dragonfly with Raleigh designer Ennis, whose fashions have included gowns for governors’ wives, debutantes and beauty queens. All supplies are included in fee.
Artist at Work: Eric Ennis
Saturday, July 9, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Drop in to see Ennis — a Raleigh-based designer whose work has dressed five Miss Americas in beautiful beaded gowns — create lavishly beaded fabric art.
*Make It, Take It: Bead It
Saturday, July 9, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Watch bead artist Eric Ennis at work and make a simple bead pin of your own!
History à la Carte: Site X — New Clues in the Search for Our Lost Colony
Wednesday, July 13, noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch or RSVP at NCMOH-programs.com to purchase a boxed lunch and reserve a seat in Daniels Auditorium. Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7969.
Edward “Clay” Swindell, Archaeologist, Museum of the Albemarle
Where did Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colonists end up? Join us in Daniels Auditorium as Swindell reveals investigations into “Site X” in Bertie County, a location where the First Colony Foundation has been researching clues that might explain one of America’s greatest mysteries.
Night at the Museum Bridal Expo
Saturday, July 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
$5 plus tax per person; proceeds benefit the museum.
Contact Emily Thomas for information: emily@EmilyKatherineEvents.
Local caterers, florists, photographers, musicians and other wedding-related vendors will set up in the museum’s main event space to introduce the creatives behind successful event businesses. Meet people, sample food, and enjoy a summer evening in downtown Raleigh!
*Time for Tots: Skiffs, Sharpies, Sailing Ships
Tuesday, July 19, 10-10:45 a.m.
Ages 3-5 (with adult)
$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates members
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7979.
Learn about different kinds of boats and make a sailing vessel to take home.
All-Day Workshop: Searching for African American Ancestors
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$25 per person; $22.50 for Associates/museum members and Friends of the Archives members
To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7969.
Bill Brown, Chris Meekins and Debbi Blake, State Archives of North Carolina
How can the State Archives help you locate African American ancestors? During this genealogy workshop, three archivists will share what research materials and methods are available. Fee includes a boxed lunch. The program is presented in partnership with the State Archives of North Carolina.
Saturday, July 23, 1-3 p.m.
What plant materials can be used to make colorful dyes? Take a tour and discover some dye plants in the outdoor exhibit History of the Harvest. You can also try your hand at dyeing something colorful — and see how to spin dyed wool into thread and weave thread into cloth. The program is supported with funds from Syngenta.
* Marks programs of interest to children or families