NC Museum of History announces November events

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Posted 11/6/20

RALEIGH — Celebrate the 25th annual American Indian Heritage Festival from the safety of your home or classroom with the North Carolina Museum of History. While museum exhibits are now open to …

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NC Museum of History announces November events


RALEIGH — Celebrate the 25th annual American Indian Heritage Festival from the safety of your home or classroom with the North Carolina Museum of History. While museum exhibits are now open to the public, all programs at the Museum of History continue to be offered online — and programs are varied enough for everyone in the family.

The museum’s exhibits, galleries, and Museum Shop are open to the public, though we’ve reopened with special hours and protocols including the mandatory use of appropriate face coverings (over nose and mouth) and social distancing. Admission is free.

The museum will be open on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. It will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 26.

“Teaching Hard History: Rifles, Radio, and Resistance: Robert F. Williams and the Black Freedom Movement,” Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

This online workshop is free for educators, but registration is required. For information, email or visit the Carolina Public Humanities website. K–12 teachers can receive CEUs for participating. Other individuals are welcome as space allows.

Examine how the influences, philosophies, leadership, and actions of Robert F. Williams, in the words of Dr. Tim Tyson, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, illustrate that the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power movement “grew out of the same soil, confronted the same predicaments, and reflected the same quest for African American freedom.”

“Better Arguments: Tech-Boom Tensions,” Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m. online

Because Pittsburgh and Raleigh have both experienced tech booms, changes in the local economies have been similar, with tensions — and arguments — between industry and community. That’s why the Sen. John Heinz History Center is teaming up with the Museum of History for this discussion.

How will a community ensure equitable access to new opportunities? Will newly created jobs be given to newcomers rather than to longtime residents? What about continuing problems associated with housing displacement and gentrification?

Join this discussion with the intention of participating. By arguing smarter, we can find connection rather than division. In this Better Argument, you’ll meet people from across the country, hear new perspectives and ideas, and share your experiences in regards to living through a tech boom — all while learning how to argue “better.”

“History Corner: North Carolina’s First Peoples,” Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1 to 2 p.m. online. For ages 6-9; parents are invited to participate with their children during the program.

Learn about the first people who lived in present-day North Carolina through their tools and weapons. How did they make them, and what did they make them of?

“Coffee with a Curator: Fighting for Woman Suffrage in North Carolina,” Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Grab your preferred morning beverage, and mark the 100th anniversary of women voting by learning about the struggle for female suffrage in North Carolina as you find out about some of the women, and men, who fought for suffrage here. The 20-minute program will be followed by time for a Q&A session.

“History Hunters: The American Indians of North Carolina,” Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1 to 2 p.m. online. For ages 10–13.

Did you know North Carolina has the largest American Indian population of any state east of the Mississippi River? Find out about the eight state-recognized tribes in our state.

25th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, an online experience: Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21. Note that the museum will be closed to the public on Friday; while the museum is open on Saturday, AIHC sessions are closed to the public.

An online-only experience this year: from fancy dancing to pine-needle baskets ... and so much more. Engage virtually with presenters in interactive live-streamed events, and enjoy on-demand videos of performers, artists, scholars, historians, and other representatives from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes and four Urban Indian Organizations. All will share their skills, knowledge, and cultural heritage during these two days of virtual programs. Visit to register and to find schedules and more information.

Register now for your virtual seat — attendance to some free events will be limited — and view performances, panel discussions, and demonstrations from the safety and comfort of your own home or classroom.

For information about the NC Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, call 919-814-7000 or access


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