Enrich your summer with June’s programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The month kicks off with one of the museum’s largest annual events, the African American Cultural Celebration. This exciting festival will be filled with dance, music, storytelling and more. Bring the family to this free daylong event, and learn about the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina.
Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina opens June 14. This traveling exhibit chronicles how, for nearly 400 years, Jews have integrated into North Carolina life by blending their own traditions into Southern culture. The Opening Gala on June 13 features a talk by NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg. Later in June, join a curator’s tour led by Leonard Rogoff, exhibit curator, author and historian.
All programs are free, except the Opening Gala on June 13. Parking is free on weekends.
*Time for Tots: A Look at Lighthouses
Tuesday, June 1 or June 8
Ages 3-5 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
Learn about North Carolina’s amazing lighthouses and make your own beacon of light to take home.
*History Corner: Coastal Legends
Wednesday, June 2
Ages 5-9 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
Explore North Carolina’s coast and the unique stories that developed there. A short story and activity accompany the lesson. This program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library.
*Ninth Annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, June 5
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy a day of activities, crafts, entertainment and food in celebration of the state’s African American heritage and culture. Move to the rhythm of musicians and steppers, watch craftspeople at work, sample delicious foods, enjoy hands-on activities, and much more. There will be something for all ages.
This program is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, with funds from the United Arts campaign as well as the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.
History à la Carte: The Blue Ridge Parkway Nobody Knows
Wednesday, June 9
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Author
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take an armchair tour of the scenic highway and discover the complicated and often contentious processes that brought it into being.
*2nd Saturdays: Juneteenth
Saturday, June 12
12 noon-4 p.m. (drop-in program)
Get ready to celebrate Juneteenth by making a woven paper basket, and watch artists Jonathan Daniel and Bill Newman demonstrate weaving. Learn more about this holiday proclaiming the end of slavery in the United States. The program is part of the 2nd Saturdays series, which features arts, heritage, food and fun at 37 state historic sites and museums. Visit www.ncculture.com.
*Music of the Carolinas: Gospel Jubilators
Sunday, June 13
This all-male vocal group performs a cappella music with rare purity and soul, highlighting vocal traditions of the golden age of 1930s and 1940s gospel. PineCone (www.pinecone.org) co-sponsors the performance.
Down Home Opening Reception
Sunday, June 13
5 p.m., speech; 6 p.m., reception
$50 ($40 Museum Associates members)
This gala evening features noted broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg, of NPR’s All Things Considered, who will speak on the topic “Why Museums Matter.”
For more information or to receive an invitation, call 919-807-7855.
At 6 p.m. enjoy a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and the music of the Magnolia Klezmer Band. See the exhibit and meet Leonard Rogoff, exhibit curator, historian, and author of the book Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina.
Curator’s Tour: Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina
Sunday, June 27
Leonard Rogoff, Author and Historian
Join the exhibit curator for this special tour and learn how the Jewish experience in North Carolina parallels the larger story of an agrarian state that has risen from poverty to Sunbelt prosperity. A book signing follows the program.
SUMMER CAMPS 2010
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 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.
* 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 www.ncculture.com.