Join a Photography Workshop With Guest Curator: Capture Your Local History

RALEIGH, NC August 21, 2014 – Fine art photographer Dr. Brenda Scott is guest curator of the exhibit Stagville: Black & White, on view at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Her striking images present Stagville State Historic Site in Durham through a different lens, showing the beauty and resilience of the structures and of the people who lived and worked in them.

Dr. Brenda Scott at Stagville State Historic Site. © Photograph courtesy of Dr. Brenda Scott.

Dr. Brenda Scott at Stagville State Historic Site. © Photograph courtesy of Dr. Brenda Scott.

Scott will lead a photography workshop about how to document the people and places of your local history. Sign up for Picturing History: Photography Workshop on either Friday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., or Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. For ages 10 and up, the program costs $8 per person and $5 for museum members, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association members, and students enrolled in a museum or historic site junior curator program. To register, call 919-807-7992 or visit Bring your own camera and notebook.

The hands-on workshop is an introduction to using photography as a tool for inquiry into community and local history. Utilizing Stagville: Black & White as an example, Scott will discuss different ways of viewing and interpreting photography. The workshop will feature a hands-on session about making the most of your camera equipment, a photo walk through the museum, and more.

“Observing the world through the camera lens is a transformative experience,” says Scott. “Photographs provide viewers with a framework to understand their place in the world and to learn about the past.”

The Slave Quarters. Two of the four slave quarters at Horton Grove, an area of Stagville that was home to nearly 100 enslaved people. Image Credit: © Photograph by Dr. Brenda Scott.

The Slave Quarters. Two of the four slave quarters at Horton Grove, an area of Stagville that was home to nearly 100 enslaved people. Image Credit: © Photograph by Dr. Brenda Scott.

About the Photographer

Brenda Scott, DPhil (Oxon.), works in Durham. She has been playing with cameras for more than 30 years and producing digital photography for over a decade. Scott has a nearly 30-year connection with Stagville.

Originally trained as a musician and organologist (one who specializes in the history and development of musical instruments), she worked as a curator of a small musical-instrument museum for just over 10 years before making a career change to photography.

Scott holds degrees from the University of Oxford (Somerville College), UNC-Chapel Hill, Auburn University, and the Academy of Art University.


For details about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube. To learn more about Stagville State Historic Site, call 919-620-0120 or go to For information about Brenda Scott, visit


About the N.C. Museum of History

The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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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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