Welcome the year 2020 with NEW, fun programs and free exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of History!
Interested in African American history? Their19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration occurs on Saturday, Jan. 25! Join as they celebrate culture, kinship, and community with our annual kickoff festival for Black History Month. While you’re there, check out their newest exhibition, Law and Justice: The Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1819–2019 (available through May 31, 2020). Filled with stories, court cases, artifacts, and images, this timely exhibit celebrates the Supreme Court of North Carolina during its bicentennial anniversary and reveals the untold narrative of the state’s highest court from its founding until the present day.
Read on for all January events. Programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. Weekend parking is free.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10–11 a.m.
What does it take to create new medicine, a car, or a country? Find out about inventors from North Carolina, and try your hand at a creator’s challenge.
Ages 6–9 (may be accompanied by an adult). $5 per child; $3 for MOHA/museum members. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-814-7046.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Hear all about it! News, views, music, stories—learn how radio changed North Carolina. Then, get in the act and help create a “radio show” so you can communicate with people far away.
Ages 10–13. $5 per child; $3 for MOHA/museum members. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-814-7046.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, noon–1 p.m.
Join in Daniels Auditorium for a screening of Fight for Freedom, the third episode of this Smithsonian Channel documentary, which uses objects from the Smithsonian collection to explore that brutal and complicated time.
2013; TVPG rating: TV-PG; run time: 52 min.
Register at NCMOH-programs.com to reserve a seat. Bring your own lunch; some beverages provided. For information, call 919-814-7032.
Saturday, Jan. 11, 1–3 p.m.
Drop-in on this event for families and learn about toys and games! You’ll search for a few—some your parents and grandparents played with and some older than that—on a gallery hunt, then you’ll make a toy of your own.
Sunday, Jan. 12, 3 p.m.
Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.
Muldrow is an African American jazz saxophonist and composer who is working to break into the worldwide jazz scene. He has appeared on stages at Durham’s The Fruit and the Shed, Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the 2015 Jazz Education Network conference in San Diego as a featured soloist. A graduate of North Carolina Central University’s renowned Jazz Studies program, he has already backed an array of jazz, blues, and R&B artists, including Branford Marsalis.
Join MOHA before or after the concert—for half-price museum membership! In addition, enter our raffle for a prize from the Museum Shop (winner will be drawn after this month’s concert).
Presented with PineCone and MOHA/museum members, and supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, NCArts.org, a division of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Drop in to watch and learn as these quilters demonstrate hand-stitching techniques on our museum quilt. While you’re there, allow time to visit the exhibit QuiltSpeak, and stop in the Museum Shop to purchase your copy of the companion catalog.
Monday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
The museum is open! Drop-in when you can and tour all their exhibits—including the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s and ’60s (which includes a rare example of Ideal’s Saralee doll and a G.I. Joe Action Soldier, one of the first mainstream toys produced as an African American), and the current lobby-case installation of Collecting Carolina (which includes a costume that was designed and worn by Dr. Baba Charles R. “Chuck” Davis and a possible identification tag used by John Gaskill, a soldier with the 1st North Carolina Colored Volunteers—later, the 35th US Colored Troops—during the Civil War).
Assistance with the SHOF gallery is provided by the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Inc.; Toy Boom! is supported by CBS17, WNCN-TV, and funded by MOHA/museum members.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Meet members of the Young Associates—museum supporters in their early 20s through 30s—and join! We’ll have an open bar tab at Clouds Brewing (126 North West Street in downtown Raleigh), plus drink specials, half-price memberships, raffles, and socializing. Your membership will directly impact the North Carolina Museum of History museum exhibitions, programming efforts, and artifact acquisitions—help them make history!