Take a virtual trip to the coast with the North Carolina Museum of History this month. While visiting the museum in person, learn a few dance steps, enjoy some midcentury photography, and explore the trenches of an immersive military exhibit.
RALEIGH — Take a virtual trip to the coast with the North Carolina Museum of History this month. While visiting the museum in person, learn a few dance steps, enjoy some midcentury photography, and explore the trenches of an immersive military exhibit.
While staying home, join free virtual programming including chats with curators and experts. The museum is open to the public with special protocols in compliance with Executive Order 215. Admission is free.
Top four things to do this month
Take a virtual stroll through America’s finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture.
Enjoy the cool AC inside the museum this summer and explore the latest exhibits celebrating music, tourism, women’s suffrage, vintage toys and our veterans.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the “Toy Boom!” exhibition with the curator of pop culture.
Read on for a current listing of July adult programming. You can also stay up to date on all events and exhibits at the museum website: ncmuseumofhistory.org. Programs are free unless otherwise noted; advance registration, at ncmuseumofhistory.org/events, is generally required to receive a confirmation email with information about joining online presentations.
History and Highballs: The Lost Colony, presented Thursday, July 8, via Zoom. (Many of the museum’s programs are being archived to enjoy anytime on the museum YouTube channel.)
Peek into the creative process of reimagining The Lost Colony with members of the New York creative team. Meet Broadway’s Jeff Whiting, director and choreographer, as he talks about finding ways to ensure the legendary play could connect to a modern-day audience via theatrical storytelling devices and music. Listen to Broadway composer Sam Davis, who took inspiration from the show’s existing music and the time period to create a true symphonic feel that weaves through the entire play, driving home the message of hope. Sam will discuss how music was chosen and shaped to fit into the symphonic drama. And meet puppet designer Nicholas Mahon, who provided a brand-new storytelling device: puppets — they appear to be made from the trees that surround the iconic theater and they come to life, breathing a new theatrical element into a show that has run for 84 years.
Special Edition History and Highballs: Millford, Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Presenter: Grant S. Quertermous, curator and director of Collections, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
Millford, located near Pinewood, South Carolina, was built between 1839 and 1841. Its six massive, fluted Corinthian columns, 16-foot interior ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, domed rotunda, and spectacular circular staircase demonstrate all the features that are inherent in Greek Revival architecture. In fact, Millford is considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture in America.
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust owns, protects, and operates Ayr Mount (featured in a November 2020 History and Highballs program) — a Federal-style plantation house built in 1815 near Hillsborough that was considered one of the finest residential structures of the Piedmont — and other historic houses in New York and South Carolina.
Coffee with a Curator: Highlights from “Toy Boom!,” Tuesday, July 27, 10 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom .
The “Toy Boom!” exhibition will be closing in early September, so join curator Katie Edwards, curator of Popular Culture, as she highlights some behind-the-scenes information, as well as some of her favorite toys and memories from the exhibit.
History at High Noon: The Whirligig Park, Wednesday, July 28, noon via Zoom. Speaker: Jeff Bell, executive director, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum.
Join in a special History at High Noon program featuring a virtual tour of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum, followed by a presentation whirligig conversation and a sneak peek at the new museum space.
For information about the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, call 919-814-7000 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org .