From a look at early Spanish exploration of the mountains to an overview of the life and times of Jim Hunt to a deep dive into the development of the banjo, our Bits of History Podcast covers a wide range of subjects related to North Carolina history and culture.
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Most Recent Podcasts
The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in North Carolina
A conversation with RaeLana Poteat, Curator of Political and Social History, North Carolina Museum of History
What began in the middle 1800s as a series of public talks that promoted full voting rights for women finally became a national cause during the years leading up to America's involvement in World War I (1917–1918) and after. Although many people today are aware of the radical actions of women in England and in the northeastern United States, museum curator RaeLana Poteat describes a very different, more modest, picture of the suffrage movement in North Carolina and the conservative South in general. Approximate run time: 38 minutes.
The French and Indian War and the Seeds of Revolution
A conversation with John R. Maass, education specialist, National Museum of the US Army
In 1754 war spread from Europe to North America and became a struggle over territory fought between the French and the British and their respective American Indian allies. By 1763 the British had won domination over the colonies—but they also had sown seeds of discontent among American colonists. Historian and author John Maass discusses this critical and fascinating period of America’s past. Approximate run time: 41 minutes.
Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s and '60s
A conversation with Katie Edwards, Curator of Popular Culture for the North Carolina Museum of History
Learn about the museum's exhibit, Toy Boom!, and how toys of the Boomer generation reflected American society and culture during the 1950s and '60s.