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July brings free programs for all ages at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Watch potters from North Cole Pottery in Sanford demonstrate their craft on July 10. They are featured as part of the 2nd Saturdays series taking place across North Carolina.
Catch a showing of “Friends in Liberty: North Carolina in the American Revolution,” a film produced by the museum that follows the experiences of 14-year-old Hugh McDonald and his friend, Anne Taylor.

During History à la Carte: The Show Must Go On! hear about actors, circus performers, vaudeville jugglers and others during the Depression. Learn about North Carolina’s role in the Federal Theater Project, part of the Works Progress Administration.
There’s all this and more in July at the N.C. Museum of History. Weekend parking is free.


First Friday Film: “Friends in Liberty: North Carolina in the American Revolution”

Friday, July 2
6-7 p.m.
Experience the American Revolution through the eyes of 14-year-old Hugh McDonald and his friend, Anne Taylor. The film is based on the original journal of McDonald, who joined the Sixth North Carolina Regiment of the Continental Army in 1776.

*History Corner: New Deal Foods

Wednesday, July 7
10-11 a.m.
Ages 5-9 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
During the Great Depression, times were tough. Find out how North Carolina families kept food on the table, hear a short story, and taste Depression-era foods. This program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library.

History à la Carte: The Show Must Go On!

Wednesday, July 7
12:10-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Nancy Pennington, Associate Curator of Programming
The Federal Theater Project (part of the Works Progress Administration) put on plays in at least 20 states during the Depression. Circus performers, vaudeville jugglers, and soon-to-be-famous playwrights and actors all took part. Hear about the project and North Carolina’s role in it.

*2nd Saturdays: Passionate for Pottery

Saturday, July 10
Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program)
Watch bowls, vases and other clay objects take shape on a wheel as potters from North Cole Pottery in Sanford demonstrate their craft. See and purchase their work in the Museum Shop and sample tasty North Carolina treats! 2nd Saturdays = art, heritage, food, and fun at 37 state historic sites and museums. Free! Visit

*Make It, Take It: Play with Clay

Saturday, July 10
Noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program)
Have some fun “claying around” and make your own clay critter to take home.

Spaces are still available in some of the museum’s summer camps, which offer fun hands-on experiences about life in other times. Register now to secure your spot. Suited for students in completed kindergarten through eighth grade, the history camps are taught by professional educators on staff or experienced teachers in the community. For more information, call 919-807-7979, e-mail, or access or Facebook®.

For additional information about programs, call 919-807-7900 or access or Facebook®. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.
* marks programs of interest to children or families

The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The department’s Web site is

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