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Museum educators, curators, and special guests share some “stuff” from our past and “meet” people from history who helped shape our present. We stream LIVE! from the museum’s exhibits and from history spots around the state. Join us via Vimeo; viewers can ask questions during most programs, and we’ll answer them LIVE! Register for LIVE! now! Additional resources for each LIVE! event will be available closer to program date. And watch all previous LIVE! events through our Videos on Demand.

All Kinds of (Revolutionary) War: House in the Horseshoe

September 13, 2021
10:15-11:15 am

North Carolinians participated in events lead up to as well as the actions of the Revolutionary War. From the cry of “King George and Broadswords” at the Battle of Moores Creek in February 1776, to recognition that “Another such victory would ruin the British Army,” following the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in March 1781, people in the state made choices about freedom and survival. A Tory War skirmish that occurred at the House in the Horseshoe in August 1781 speaks to those choices. Join site manager Amanda Brantley, museum educator Sally Bloom, and Revolutionary War Reenactors as we explore the events of the American Revolution and experience what it was like to make decisions-- under fire--in North Carolina. Sponsored by the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati. To experience hands-on history, check out our free Colonial and Revolutionary Times History-In-a-Box Kit. Digital copies are available! AND watch Friends in Liberty, a narrative film exploring North Carolina’s revolutionary history through the actual experiences of 14-year old Hugh McDonald, a North Carolina boy who served in the Continental Army. Educator Supplement is available for this film. Visit House-in-the-Horseshoe State Historic site!

American Indian Heritage Celebration Education Day

November 19, 2021
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

Celebrate American Indian history and culture with the online only American Indian Education Day, through LIVE! —and more! Register for our LIVE! experience of music and dancing performed by North Carolina’s American Indian groups, and sign-up for other free interactive presentations. Check out additional resources on North Carolina’s American Indians, as well as Information on North Carolina’s American Indian TribesFAQsand information on American Indian Dance Styles. Music and Dance Performances begin about every 45 minutes.  And on Saturday, November 20, 2021, join us virtually for the 26th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration.

Battleship North Carolina: Community at Sea and in Battle

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 Earl Ijames, 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! Plus! Watch Answering the Call: North Carolina Stories, short narrative films about real North Carolinians during the war; participate in our Distance Learning On Demand program Don’t You Know There’s a War On?; read “From Posters to Photographs: How Objects Show North Carolinians’ Experience in World War II” from the fall 2021 Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, and explore Battleship NORTH CAROLINA’s very rich website. Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

African American Cultural Celebration Education Day

January 28, 2022
9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the history and culture of North Carolina’s African American communities with our first online-only African American Cultural Celebration Education Day through LIVE!—and more! Throughout the day, enjoy performances by members of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers. Storytelling sessions begin about every 45 minutes. The last session of the day begins at 2:00 pm. And sign-up for other virtual presentations. Check out additional resources, including learning resources, crafts, videos, and more! And on Saturday, January 29, 2022, join us virtually at the 21st Annual African American Cultural Celebration.