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OCTOBER PROGRAMS AT N.C. MUSEUM OF HISTORY

The exhibition includes three life-size models depicting Washington as a teenaged surveyor, as commander in chief at age 45 (shown in image), and as the nation’s first president taking the oath of office. Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

The exhibition includes three life-size models depicting Washington as a teenaged surveyor, as commander in chief at age 45 (shown in image), and as the nation’s first president taking the oath of office. Courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

October brings a full slate of programs at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Seven of these complement the exhibition Discover the Real George Washington: New Views From Mount Vernon. So if you are curious about George, look no further.

What’s in store? For one, special guest Jeffrey Schwartz, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, will explain how his team of experts used computer imaging and forensic techniques to help create the lifelike figures of George Washington in the exhibition.

Learn about hand sewing during colonial times, and make your own “pocket” (a small bag) like the ones women and girls used to hold small items. The pockets were tied around the waist. Create a pocket from historically accurate reproduction fabrics and patterns.

Other October programs feature a free performance by renowned Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman and blues musician Andy Coats. Later in October, the N.C. Bar Association joins with the museum to present a panel discussion and video about women attorneys in public service.

There’s all this and more. All October programs are free, unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.

Discover the Real George Washington was organized by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

First Friday Film: 1776
Friday, Oct. 1
7-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy this rousing musical about the American colonies’ move toward independence. Get $5 adult admission to Discover the Real George Washington from 6 to 9 p.m.!

Putting a Face on the First President
Sunday, Oct. 3
2-3:30 p.m.
To register, call 919-807-7992 by Oct. 1.
Jeffrey Schwartz, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Hear how Schwartz and his team used computer imaging and forensic techniques to help create the life-size statues of our nation’s first president in Discover the Real George Washington. A reception follows the program.

*Time for Tots: All about Corn
Tuesday, Oct. 5 or Oct. 12
10-10:45 a.m.
Ages 3-5 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
You can butter it, roast it, grind it, pop it, and even weave it! Find out more about America’s number one field crop and make a corn shuck doll to take home.

*History Corner: Día de los Muertos
Wednesday, Oct. 6
10-11 a.m.
Ages 6-9 with adult
To register, call 919-807-7992.
During this annual Mexican festival, families honor their deceased loved ones. Learn about the holiday’s ancient origins and how it is celebrated today. The program is presented with Cameron Village Regional Library.

*History Hunters: Washington’s World
Wednesday, Oct. 6
10-11 a.m.
Ages 10-13
To register, call 919-807-7992.
He’s known as the “Father of Our Country,” but what was George Washington like as a kid? What adventures and experiences formed our first president? Come find out!

Hand Sew a Colonial Pocket
Saturday, Oct. 9
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Age 12 and older
$20 ($15 members); bring a bag lunch.
To register, call 919-807-7988.
See 18th-century sewing tools and clothing from the museum’s collection and sew a pocket using historically accurate reproduction fabrics and patterns. Open to beginning and intermediate hand sewers.

The Great Dismal: A Carolinian’s Swamp Memoir
Saturday, Oct. 9
3-4 p.m.
Bland Simpson, Professor of English and Creative Writing, UNC-Chapel Hill
Simpson blends personal experience, oral history, and natural history to create an intriguing portrait of the Great Dismal Swamp and its people. A book signing will follow the program.

Music of the Carolinas: John Dee Holeman
Sunday, Oct. 10
3-4 p.m.
Renowned Piedmont bluesman John Dee Holeman has been singing and picking since the 1940s. Here’s your chance to catch him in concert with fellow Piedmont blues musician Andy Coats. PineCone co-sponsors the performance.

History à la Carte: Carolina Backcountry at War
Wednesday, Oct. 13
12:10-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Tom Magnuson, Trading Path Association
Some of the most remarkable social, political, and military events in American history occurred in North Carolina between 1761 and 1781. Magnuson will address how these events impacted our state.

*Make It, Take It: Take a Seat!
Saturday, Oct. 16
1-3 p.m.
Make a miniature version of a 19th-century chair and then see full-size examples in Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker. drop-in program

Rising to the Challenge: Women in Public Office
Thursday, Oct. 21
7-8:30 p.m.
To register, call 919-659-1445.
Reserve your seat for this panel discussion with women attorneys in public service. The program includes a video in which female chief justices from our nation’s top state courts talk about their experiences. Presented with the N.C. Bar Association.

* Marks programs of interest to children or families

For more information about October programs, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.

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. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or go to ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook®. Located at 5 E. Edenton St., 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, www.ncculture.com.

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