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Join us for a LIVE! streaming event!

Museum educators, curators, and special guests share some “stuff” from our past and “meet” people from our history who helped shape our present. We stream LIVE! from the museum’s exhibits and from history spots around the state. Join us via YouTube or Vimeo; viewers can ask questions during the program and we’ll answer them LIVE! Register for LIVE! 

Check out our free LIVE! programs for 2020 and register below. Additional resources for each LIVE! will be available closer to event date. And watch all previous LIVE! events through our Videos on Demand

The Capitol, Civics, and You!

October 19, 2020
10:15–11:15 a.m. Now a Video on Demand!

Civics: The rights and duties of citizenship. Can a single building encapsulate all that civics signifies? Probably not, but the North Carolina state capitol comes close. It was the original seat of the state’s three branches of government and has been the site for community celebrations and conversations throughout the years. Watch LIVE! as Capitol Site Administrator Terra Schramm, NC State Historic Sites Director Michelle Lanier, and museum educator Sally Bloom explore the “People’s House,” discerning how civics are and have been made manifest in its walls, and beyond. Discover how Lillian Clement Exum, Abraham Galloway, Henry Owl, and others expanded participation in North Carolina government as we discuss how individuals affect change. Text in questions, and we’ll answer them—LIVE!  Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

To supplement this program, check out “The Three Branches of Government in North Carolina and How Does an IDEA Become a Law? from the Spring 2020 Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine. This lesson from the National Park Service on the North Carolina Capitol is also an excellent resource.

25th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

November 20, 2020
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Now a Video on Demand!

Celebrate the 25th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, an online-only experience this year, through LIVE! —and more! Register for our LIVE! experience of music and dancing performed by North Carolina’s American Indian groups, and sign-up here for other free interactive live-streamed and prerecorded events. Check out additional resources on North Carolina’s American Indians, as well as Information on North Carolina’s American Indian Tribes, FAQs, and information on American Indian Dance Styles.

Battleship North Carolina: Community at Sea and in Battle

RESCHEDULED to December 7, 2021!
10:15–11:15 a.m.

When commissioned, on April 9, 1941, the battleship North Carolina was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon. The North Carolina’s then–state-of-the-art technology and its talented crew made this ship a pivotal part of Allied success in World War II—in fact, the vessel earned 15 battle stars—the most of any US Navy ship in the Pacific Theater. During the war, 2,000 young men called the North Carolina home, including African American steward’s mates and messmen, who served their country despite the Jim Crow norms in place at the time. Join curators Kim Sincox and Mary Ames Booker, along with museum educator Sally Bloom as we explore BB-55, nicknamed “the Showboat.” Text in questions, and we’ll answer them—LIVE! Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.