Monday, April 22, 2024

Spring into May at the North Carolina Museum of History

Raleigh, NC
Apr 22, 2024

The North Carolina Museum of History is excited to announce a calendar full of free events as spring blooms into full swing!

The museum is delighted to announce the 10th annual Longleaf Film Festival, a free-to-attend festival highlighting the best independent film demonstrating a Tar Heel State connection. The festival will take place on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. Longleaf provides a unique platform for filmmakers to showcase their work and engage with audiences and promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. Plan to see dozens of films—narrative and documentary shorts and features, animated films, music videos and more!

Read on for all our May events. Programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • History at High Noon: John Chavis Memorial Park Carousel
    Wednesday, May 1, noon–1 p.m.
    Join us as we welcome Dana Brown and Madison Phillips of John Chavis Memorial Park as they give us the inside scoop on the beautiful, historical Allan Herschell carousel at Chavis Park, as well as how this space has served as a pillar of the downtown Raleigh African American community for decades! Register to join the hybrid session.

    History and Highballs: Still Starring North Carolina!
    Thursday, May 2, 7–8 p.m.
    Join the NC Museum of History as we explore the origins of the Longleaf Film Festival and North Carolina’s contributions to the film industry. The Tar Heel State has a rich, century-long history in filmmaking. Join Sally Causey Bloom, director of the Longleaf Film Festival, to explore some of the history and ongoing contributions to cinema in our state and beyond! You can register for this virtual event here!

    Artist at Work: Historical Hatter Andy Sterlen
    Saturday, May 4, noon–3 p.m.
    Watch Andy Sterlen—tailor, hatter, and reenactor—as he creates a historically accurate 18th-century felt hat. Grab your kiddos for a Hand-on-History scavenger hunt and make a paper hat to take home.

    Longleaf Film Festival
    Friday, May 10, 5–10 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. 
    Make plans now to join us at the museum for the 10th anniversary of Longleaf! Plan to see dozens of films—narrative and documentary shorts and features, animated films, music videos, and more! Plus, enjoy Movies-N-Moonlight, workshops, socials, and the awards presentation. Check out for all the festival details.

    Tar Heel Troubadours: Paige King Johnson
    Saturday, May 18, 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 four-time Carolina Country Music Award winner and Angier native Paige King Johnson. She was named the first musical ambassador for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and has worked alongside them to continue to promote agriculture through her music and travels.

    Hands-on History: Make a Paper Hat
    Saturday, May 25, noon–3 p.m.
    Put on your thinking caps and get ready to search our museum galleries for historical hats. Then, make a paper version to take home! 

    For more details, click the links above or visit