Friday, February 16, 2024

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History

Raleigh, NC
Feb 16, 2024

Start Women’s History Month with new and upcoming programs at the North Carolina Museum of History!

Want to learn more about women’s history? The North Carolina Museum of History is celebrating Women’s History Month with NEW programs. These events will highlight women’s vital contributions to state history, including music, art and sports!

The museum also will be hosting several activities and events this month. Read below to see some of the fun activities planned!

  • Artist at Work: Woodworker Laura Howard 
    Saturday, March 2, noon–3 p.m.
    Talk to craftsperson Laura Howard as she uses a steam bender to fashion parts for a lamp. Grab your kiddos for a Hands-on History lesson and handcraft wooden toys to take home after Howard’s presentation.
  • History at High Noon: Listen to How She Changed the World
    Wednesday, March 6, noon–3 p.m.
    Join us as we celebrate Women’s History Month by welcoming oral historian John Horan as he explores the She Changed the World Oral History Project. Listen in as the women interviewed share their memories of how they broke ground in the courtroom, classroom and playing field. Through these interviews, find out how women have changed our world here in North Carolina. Register here to join the session in person or via Zoom.
  • Author Talk: The Tory's Wife: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary North Carolina
    Thursday, March 7, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
    Women’s history expert Dr. Cynthia Kierner will present her newest book, The Tory’s Wife: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary North Carolina. Jane Spurgin of Rowan County was a patriot who supported the Revolution. Her husband, William, was a loyalist who fought for the king. When the war was over, William abandoned his family, leaving Jane to fight to keep the home she and her children were faced with losing because of his Toryism. That fight led her to demand “the common rights of other citizens”—a radical statement for a woman in revolutionary America. This program is made possible by a generous grant from Duke Health Raleigh. Register here to get your ticket.
  • Girl Scout Juniors and Cadets: North Carolina Folks Arts Patch
    Saturday, March 9, 1–4:30 p.m.
    $15 per Scout
    Calling all Girl Scouts! Earn a Folk Arts patch as you talk with a local craftsperson, make crafts from North Carolina’s past and time travel through the museum collection! Participants must register for this event with the Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. Register here to reserve your spot.
  • History and Highballs: Obstacles and Opportunities in 20th Century American
    Thursday, March 14, 7–8 p.m.
    Grab a drink and listen to Mary Jo Festle, Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of History, discuss the rich history of female athletes and women’s sports in North Carolina over Zoom. You can register for this virtual event here.
  • Tar Heel Troubadours: Blue Cactus 
    Saturday, March 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
    Tickets: MOHA/museum members $12; general admission $15
    Join us for the next concert of our music series, Tar Heel Troubadours, a celebration of Americana, roots, bluegrass and traditional music performed by artists from or living and working in North Carolina. This concert will feature Blue Cactus, the North Carolina duo of Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez. Come and listen to the smooth notes of their dream country songs—a blend of grit, glitz, groove and twang that evokes a celestial soundscape of mid-century heartbreak and harkens comparisons eclectic and iconic as Bobbie Gentry, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie.

Did you know North Carolina has a robust history in the furniture industry? From small mom-and-pop shops to the largest manufacturers in the country, the state has always been the epicenter of American furniture manufacturing. Women have always played a vital role in this industry. Experience the full story of North Carolina’s impact in  Furniture: Crafting a North Carolina LegacyThe exhibit features elegant designs of pieces handcrafted by women from the Biltmore Estate. It also highlights the contributions of Kay Lambeth, the first female president of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association. Celebrate Women’s History Month by exploring how these women and others have touched the furniture industry.

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