During February, Black History Month, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present an outstanding selection of programs about North Carolina African Americans. Hear about the Civil Rights movement firsthand from several people who participated in nonviolent protests. These individuals will take part in a Q&A session after the screening of the award-winning documentary “February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four.”
The executive director of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, opening Feb. 2 in Greensboro, will present a program about the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, and an internationally recognized scholar will give the lecture “Rethinking Slavery and Freedom in Early Virginia and the British Atlantic.”
Check out these programs and more at the N.C. Museum of History. All programs are free. Parking is free on weekends.
*Time for Tots: Quilt Crazy
Tuesday, Feb. 2 or Feb. 9
Ages 3-5 with adult. To register, call 919-807-7992.
See how quilters patch their work together and then create a quilt square of your own!
*History Corner: A Fashionable Past
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Ages 5-9 with adult. To register, call 919-807-7992.
See costumes and photographs from the museum’s collection to learn about what North Carolinians wore long ago. This program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library.
* **Hands-on History
Saturday, Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27
1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Learn about African Americans who have called North Carolina home as you make a craft, jump a rope, or hear a story!
* **African American History Tour
Saturday, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27
Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinians from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era.
**Rethinking Slavery and Freedom in Early Virginia and the British Atlantic
Tuesday, Feb. 9
To register, call 919-807-7847.
Holly Brewer, N.C. State University
Professor Brewer will discuss the struggle between English authorities and colonists in the 1690s over issues of sovereignty, such as the powers of owners over enslaved individuals. This program, part of the Perspectives on History lecture series, is presented in conjunction with the National Humanities Center.
Brewer teaches early American history; intellectual, cultural and legal history; and comparative history at N.C. State University. She is currently writing a book on the ideological origins of slavery in early Virginia and the British Empire as well as a book on the transformation of the common law of domestic relations in the early modern period in England and America.
Her book By Birth or Consent: Children, Law and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and UNC Press (2005), received several prestigious awards. Her article “Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia” (1997) was awarded the 1998 Clifford Prize and the 2000 Douglass Adair Memorial Award.
**History à la Carte: 50 Years Since the Sit-Ins
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Amelia Parker, Executive Director, International Civil Rights Center and Museum
In February 1960 four African American college freshmen in Greensboro ignited a sit-in movement protesting racial segregation. Hear about the movement’s early days and the museum that now occupies the historic F.W. Woolworth store where it all began.
*Make It, Take It: Valentines
Saturday, Feb. 13
1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Celebrate the day of the heart! Make a valentine based on Victorian examples from the museum’s collection.
Film: “Homemade American Music”
Sunday, Feb. 14
View this award-winning documentary that traces the origins of rural American music from traditional folk cultures in the southern United States. North Carolina musicians Tommy Jarrell and Elizabeth Cotten are featured in the film. PineCone (www.pinecone.org) co-sponsors the program, which is part of the museum’s Music of the Carolinas series.
**Film and Q&A: February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
Saturday, Feb. 20
This award-winning documentary chronicles the historic day — February 1, 1960 — when four black freshmen from the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina (now North Carolina A&T State University) sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in downtown Greensboro. Their actions served as a blueprint for other nonviolent civil rights protests across the South and the nation. A Q&A with the film’s producers and some of the people involved in the protests will follow the screening.
*SUMMER CAMPS 2010
Have a blast in the past! The N.C. Museum of History offers children in grades K–8 fun hands-on experiences about life in other times. Registration for the museum’s 2010 summer camps begins February 15 for Museum of History Associates members, and March 1 for the general public. Need-based scholarships are available. Visit ncmuseumofhistory.org for a complete list of camps and registration information.
For more details, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol.
* marks programs of interest to children and families
** marks programs related to Black History Month