September 2016 Programs at the North Carolina Museum of History

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SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS AT THE N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

Raleigh, N.C. — As cooler days approach, September will bring a variety of programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Catch a film screening of “Selma,” focusing on the 1965 marches from Selma, Ala., to the state capital in Montgomery during the Civil Rights movement. After the film, Thomas Easley, a descendant of one of the march’s organizers, will discuss his family’s role in the march.

The Notable Carolina Lecture Series kicks off in September. It explores the people, places and events that have shaped the Tar Heel State. The first talk, Philanthropic Families: The Vanderbilts, occurs Tuesday, Sept. 20.

September winds up with the film “Valor,” about North Carolinian Kiffin Rockwell, who fought in the trenches of World War I and then gained admittance to the newly formed Lafayette Escadrille.

Discover all this and more in September. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.

NOTE: The museum will be open Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.


PROGRAMS

First Fridays at the Museum: Selma to Montgomery Sneak Peek 

Selma image with Dr. King

Friday, Sept. 2, 5-9 p.m.

See the traveling exhibit Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote: Photographs by Spider Martin before it officially opens, and learn some background with a 6 p.m.screening of the film “Selma” (details below). Samples from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (Farmville) will also be available, while they last, and the Museum Shop will be open, along with the lobby-level exhibits.  

Selma to Montgomery is curated and circulated by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the City of Birmingham and contributions to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Corporate Campaign.


Film Screening: “Selma”

"Selma" movie ad
“Selma” movie ad

Friday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m.

MPAA rating: PG-13-L,V; run time: 128 min.

The historical drama “Selma,” featuring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., depicts the marches from Selma, Ala., to the state capital in Montgomery during the African American struggle to gain voting rights.

Michelle Lanier, director of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission, will talk about the film’s facts and flaws beforehand. Afterward, Thomas Easley, a descendant of one of the march’s organizers, will discuss his family’s role in the march. The program is co-sponsored with the N.C. African American Heritage Commission.


*History Corner: Workin’ in the Mill

Daniel Mfg. Company, Lincolnton, N.C. Boy 6 years old, stays around in the mill all day. Mother and sister both work there. Helps a little. How soon will he be drafted into regular service? Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina. Photographer- Lewis W. Hines (1874-1940)
Daniel Mfg. Company, Lincolnton, N.C. Boy 6 years old, stays around in the mill all day. Mother and sister both work there. Helps a little. How soon will he be drafted into regular service? Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina.
Photographer- Lewis W. Hines (1874-1940)

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 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.

What’s a spooler? a sweeper? a doffer? Find out about the jobs kids did in Piedmont textile mills, and try your hand at 19th-century chores.


*History Hunters: Kids at Work

Some Sweepers in a N.C. cotton mill. N.C. Location: North Carolina. Photographer- Lewis W. Hines (1874-1940)
Some Sweepers in a N.C. cotton mill. N.C. Location: North Carolina.
Photographer- Lewis W. Hines (1874-1940)

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ages 10-13

$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members

To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7988.

What was it like to work on a farm? or a fishing boat? or in a factory? Not long ago, many children had to perform grown-up jobs. Learn about these young laborers and about kids who work today.


*Time for Tots: Mail Call!

Mail box between 1915 and 1920
Mail box between 1915 and 1920

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10-10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-5 (with adult)

$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members

To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7979.

How did news travel before computers and the Internet? Find out, then make a craft that’s something to write home about!


History à la Carte: Nina Simone — Art, Music and Civil Rights

Nina Simone, Dec. 1965
Nina Simone, Dec. 1965

Wednesday, Sept. 14, noon-1 p.m.

Register at NCMOH-programs.com and purchase a boxed lunch — or just bring your own. Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Michael A. Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts

An icon in American music, this native of Tryon, N.C., became a formidable champion during the Civils Rights movement, using the power of her music as a political weapon to combat racism and violence. Learn how she became a griot, demanding change and consciousness for the black experience, in the troubled 1960s in America.


*Make It, Take It: Go Bug-gy!

THJH Annual Convention--April 29, 2016. "Tobacco" Farm & Factory" workshop
THJH Annual Convention–April 29, 2016.
“Tobacco” Farm & Factory” workshop

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (drop-in program)

It’s BugFest at the Museum of Natural Sciences! Stop by our booth and make a hat to celebrate the bugs that make us food — bees and other pollinators.


*History of the Harvest: The Bees’ Knees

Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Native peoples planted sunflowers to attract pollinators, and colonial gardeners built hives to protect them. Today’s farmers actually rent bees. Visit us during BugFest at the Museum of Natural Sciences to test your knowledge of bees and other pollinators.


Notable North Carolina Lecture Series: Philanthropic Families: The Vanderbilts

Biltmore Estate

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.

$8 plus tax per person; $5 plus tax for Associates/museum members

To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7873.

Ann Ashley, Vice President, The Biltmore Company

The Vanderbilt legacy brought more to North Carolina than the iconic grandeur of Biltmore House. In this first talk in our new series to explore the people, places and events that have shaped the Tar Heel State, Ashley will share how the Vanderbilts’ philanthropy and passion for the state’s land and people have influenced its physical and cultural landscape.

Following the presentation, signed copies of Lady on the Hill: How Biltmore Estate Became an American Icon will be available for purchase. The book details William A. V. Cecil’s 35-year effort to turn the Biltmore Estate into one of the world’s most successful privately preserved historic sites. Taste samples from the Biltmore Estate Wine Company.

The series is sponsored, in part, by the Raleigh News & Observer.


Kiffin Rockwell: A North Carolinian Flies for France

Kiffin Rockwell, August 1916
Kiffin Rockwell, August 1916

Friday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m.

The unveiling of a short-term teaser exhibit case on this early combat aviator will help you start thinking about the museum’s major exhibition on U.S. entry into “the war to end all wars.”North Carolina and World War I opens in April 2017. The evening’s events also feature “Valor,” a documentary film on Rockwell (details below), a Q&A session with the filmmaker, a panel discussion on Rockwell, and a small reception.


Film Screening: “Valor”

Friday, Sept. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Free. Suggested donation: $5

Not rated; run time: 45 min.

Marc McClure, Filmmaker; Steven A. Ruffin, Aviation Historian and Author; Terry L. Johnson, Author, Valiant Volunteers: A Novel Based on the Passion and the Glory of the Lafayette Escadrille; and Steve Tom, Kiffin Rockwell Historian

Following his second injury in the trenches of “the war to end all wars” in Europe, North Carolinian Kiffin Rockwell was admitted into the newly formed Lafayette Escadrille, where he gained fame as one of the earliest combat aviators — until his death on Sept. 23, 1916. A Q&A session follows this film of his journey.


For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.

* marks programs of interest to children or families

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