April brings 10 free programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Catch one or all three music performances by the Raleigh Civic Symphony Chamber Players, the Huckleberry Brothers, and Leon Jordan’s Continentals. Watch Seagrove potter Sid Luck, April’s Artist at Work, demonstrate his craft later in the month.
On April 13 join a fascinating lecture about the South’s secret weapon during the Civil War. During another program, learn about the delicious topic of southern apples.
There is all this and more during April at the N.C. Museum of History. Drop by and take advantage of these free happenings.
*Time for Tots: Hats Off!
Tuesday, April 6 or April 13
Ages 3-5 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
Look at and try on hat styles from the past, then decorate your own hat to take home.
*History Corner: Making Music
Wednesday, April 7
Ages 5-9 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
Explore North Carolina’s musical heritage by looking at traditional instruments and listening to their sounds. Then get a chance to join the band! The program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library.
*Make It, Take It: Fold a Boat
Saturday, April 10
1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
See the photography exhibit Workboats of Core Sound, and make a cool paper model of a flat-bottom skiff to take home. Skiffs are handy boats that coastal residents frequently used to attend school and church.
Raleigh Civic Symphony Chamber Players: New Deal Music
Saturday, April 10
Explore American classical music of the 1930s and 1940s inspired by the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Music Project. The performance complements In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935-1941, an exhibit of photographs documenting daily life in rural North Carolina during the Great Depression. The 50 Farm Security Administration photographs provide a compelling and diverse portrait of a state coping with tough economic times.
*Music of the Carolinas: The Huckleberry Brothers
Sunday, April 11
Dressed in uniforms or hoop skirts, the Huckleberry Brothers (which includes women and explains the hoop skirts) will perform songs, ballads and fiddle tunes dating from the 1700s through 1865. The nine-member band will get you ready for the N.C. Civil War Sesquicentennial, which is from 2011 to 2015. PineCone co-sponsors the program (www.pinecone.org).
The South’s Secret Weapons: Disease, Environment and the Civil War
Tuesday, April 13
To register, call 919-807-7847.
Margaret Humphreys, Duke University
Confederate leaders hoped that fevers in the South would become potent weapons should Union forces invade, thus decimating their ranks. Humphreys will explore how yellow fever and other contagious diseases in the South played a role in the Civil War. The lecture is sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Associates and the National Humanities Center. A reception follows the program. The related exhibit A Call to Arms will open at 6 p.m. for touring.
History à la Carte: Old Southern Apples
Wednesday, April 14
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Lee Calhoun, Author
For 300 years apples have been grown on southern farms. Bring an apple to the lecture and learn about 2,000 unique varieties originating in the South.
*Leon Jordan’s Continentals
Sunday, April 18
The swinging sounds of the Continentals will put you “in the mood” to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. For more than 50 years, this local orchestra has entertained audiences with classic tunes of the big band era (1920s-1940s). The April 18 performance will feature music that was popular in the 1930s, such as “Pennies From Heaven.” The performance complements the exhibit In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935-1941.
*National History Day in North Carolina
Saturday, April 24
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The National History Day contest asks students in grades 6-12 to research historical themes and present their findings in exhibits, performances, and other projects. See young Tar Heel scholars vie for state honors and the chance to represent North Carolina at the national competition.
*Artist at Work: Sid Luck
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (drop-in program both days)
Sunday, April 25, 1-3 p.m.
Watch the hands of this well-known Seagrove potter create beautiful objects. Become mesmerized as Sid Luck works at his potter’s wheel. Chat with him as he works and learn about his art.
* TIME TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMPS *
Have a blast in the past! The museum offers fun hands-on experiences about life in other times. Register now to secure your spot. Suited for students from age 4 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 emily.grant[at]ncdcr.gov, or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook®.
For more information about these programs, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org 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.
*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 www.ncculture.com.