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American Indian Heritage Education Day 2019

Friday, November 22, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Registration for the 2019 Education Day program is FULL and we are no longer accepting submissions.

Check back in June 2020 to register for next year!

(for registered groups only)

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with your students and other school groups! Students will have an interactive experience that brings American Indian history and culture to life. Visit teaching stations on storytelling, crafts, games, foodways, dancing, and music—staffed by members of the state’s eight state-recognized tribes. Listen to and participate in discussions about present-day American Indians.

Directions and Parking

The North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh, between the State Capitol and the Legislative Building, at 5 East Edenton Street. The main entrance faces Bicentennial Plaza and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum’s phone number is 919-807-7900.

FROM the NORTH or EAST: Take the Capital Boulevard exit off I-440 north of Raleigh. Follow the Capital Boulevard (Downtown) designation. Continue south approximately two miles and turn left onto Jones Street. Go three blocks. The museum is on the right.

FROM the WEST or SOUTH: Take the Person Street exit off I-40. Proceed north for two miles. Turn left onto Edenton Street. Go three blocks. The museum is ahead on the right.


Bus parking is available on Blount Street. Limited visitor parking ($2 per hour) is available in the lot behind the museum and can be accessed from Jones Street or Edenton Street.

Check-In and Lunch Options

Check-In: A registration table with the final schedule of events will be in the museum lobby. All groups will begin with an orientation session in the auditorium. Please have your confirmation information ready.

Payment Policies
  1. Payment is due within 30 days of registration. Those registering after November 1 must submit payment by November 10. Your spot is not guaranteed until your check has been received.
  2. No refunds will be given after November 1; however, you may add to your numbers.
  3. The fee is $5 + tax per student. You will receive one free adult admission for every 10 students.
  4. The event will occur rain or shine. There is no makeup date.
  5. Make checks payable to Education Program Funds and mail to Education Section, N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Lunch Options: Due to the high volume of visitors, the museum will not be able to provide storage for lunches on this busy day. Picnic tables and benches are available outside the museum in Fletcher Garden. You may pre-order lunches from the museum’s on-site restaurant Pharaoh’s. For more information on pre-packed lunches, click this link:

Schedule and Map of Activities

View the Schedule and Map of Activities!

Teacher Tips

*Distribute the schedule. Please ask teachers and chaperones to familiarize themselves with the schedule on the museum’s website. Copies of the final schedule will be available at the registration table when your group checks in.

*Allow plenty of time to arrive. Groups of students will be arriving every 30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Please be considerate of volunteers, presenters, and other groups by arriving on time.

*Be sure to register and pay for any additions to your group upon arrival. Have your confirmation information ready. Checks should be received within two weeks of booking your group for the event and should be made out to Education Program Funds. A registration table will be outside the auditorium in the museum lobby. All groups will begin with an orientation session in the auditorium. Additional curriculum materials and evaluations can be picked up at the registration table.

*Have your group prepared to split into smaller groups (about 10–12), each with an adult. After orientation, smaller groups can visit the various stations.

*Not every group will have time to visit every station. Please inform your students and chaperones ahead of time that they may visit as many different stations as time allows (but they might not be able to visit them all). We encourage you to schedule student teaching time after your visit to allow your students to teach each other about what they learned.

*Prepare your students. Take a little time before you arrive to review with your students what they will see and do. Some stations have hands-on activities. Other stations are for listening, watching, and asking questions. Click here for suggestions on how to encourage students to interact with demonstrators and presenters.

*Want more? Encourage students to come back with their families the next day to show what they have learned! The museum’s FREE 24th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration takes place Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Still have questions? If you have further questions or concerns about the program, please contact Emily Grant, youth programs coordinator, at 919-814-7039 or

*Have fun, and enjoy the day! Thanks for coming.

Can't Make it for Education Day? Enjoy a Livestream of the Event!

Thursday, November 7, 2019
10:15–11:15 a.m.

Watch LIVE! as we explore the 1,000-year-old Town Creek Indian Mound, located in Montgomery County. Who were the people who lived here and what were their lives like? Why did they leave the region and where did they go? How are they represented in our state today? With the help of special guests from North Carolina American Indian tribes and site staff, we’ll investigate those questions and learn about the first peoples of our past and today. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Register here!