August Programs at N.C. Museum of History

Learn how potters in the 16th and 17th centuries used liquid clay to decorate pottery. Watch a carving demonstration at the opening of the traveling exhibit Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed. August programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh offer exciting activities for all ages.Young museum visitors can enjoy old-fashioned ice cream at a program on Aug. 9 or learn about lighthouses on Aug. 10. A history hunt also on Aug. 10 will showcase the museum’s new major exhibit, The Story of North Carolina.

Come see what the August programs have in store for you. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.

PROGRAMS

Exhibit Opening: Cherokee Carvers: Tradition Renewed

Friday, Aug. 5

6-8 p.m.

Free admission

This traveling exhibit from the Asheville Art Museum features 45 works by 15 Cherokee carvers. Stop by for light refreshments and watch a carving demonstration. The exhibit is made possible by the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (RTCAR) initiative, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Western Carolina University.

*Time for Tots: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Tuesday, Aug. 9

10-10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-5 with adult

$1

To register, call 919-807-7992.

When it’s hot outside, who doesn’t love ice cream? Discover how people in the past stayed cool in summer and then churn up an old-fashioned treat!

*History Corner: Beacons of Light

Wednesday, Aug. 10

10-11 a.m.

Ages 6-9 with adult

$1

To register, call 919-807-7992.

Did you know that the world’s tallest lighthouse is on the North Carolina coast? Find out more fun facts, listen to a story and play a lighthouse game. This program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library.

*History Hunters: The Story of North Carolina

Wednesday, Aug. 10

10-11 a.m.

Ages 10-13

$1

To register, call 919-807-7992.

Go on a hunt through The Story of North Carolina and learn how the exhibit was put together.

*2nd Saturdays: New Salem Pottery

Saturday, Aug. 13

Free admission

11 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Watch potters from New Salem Pottery decorate bowls, vases and other clay objects. See their work in the Museum Shop and sample tasty North Carolina treats!

The program is sponsored in part by ATT.

*Make It, Take It: Decorate It!

Saturday, Aug. 13

11 a.m.-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Free admission

Make a simple paper ornament with designs like those on early North Carolina pottery.

History à la Carte: The House That Solomon Built

Wednesday, Aug. 17

12:10-1 p.m.

Free admission

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

One of the Museum of History’s prized artifacts is the house that carpenter Solomon Robson built in Pitt County in 1742. Bill McCrea, Design Section Chief at the Museum of History, will discuss 18th-century architectural methods and share how the museum acquired and restored the structure for The Story of North Carolina.

For additional information about programs, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.

* marks programs of interest to children or families

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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