November events at the North Carolina Museum of History

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All programs are free, unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.

NOTE: The museum will be closed for Veterans’ Day on Monday, Nov. 11, and for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 28.


Make It, Take It: Ribbonwork

Saturday, Nov. 2

1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Make a ribbonwork bookmark and learn about this traditional craft, a popular way for many American Indians to decorate their powwow regalia.

Time for Tots: Early American Indian Life

Tuesday, Nov. 5 or 12

10-10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-5 (with adult)

$1 per child

To register, call 919-807-7992.

Discover more about the lives of the first North Carolinians by handling objects, listening to stories, and making your own clay-coil pot to take home.

History Corner: Blackbeard!

Wednesday, Nov. 6

10-11 a.m.

Ages 6-9 (with adult)

$1 per child

To register, call 919-807-7992.

Ahoy, mateys! Find out about swashbucklers and life aboard a ship in the 1700s.

History Hunters: Most Notorious Pirates

Wednesday, Nov. 6

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ages 10-13

$1 per child

To register, call 919-807-7992.

What’s the difference between a pirate and a privateer? Did Blackbeard really set his hair on fire? Separate truth from fiction as we look at a wild part of North Carolina history.

Storytime in the Gallery

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Thursdays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21

10-10:30 a.m.

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story.

Music of the Carolinas: Arnold Richardson: Native American Flute and Song

Sunday, Nov. 10

3-4 p.m.

Richardson plays traditional American Indian flutes that he carves himself from cedar to relay the meaning behind centuries-old melodies and rhythms. The performance is presented with PineCone, and support comes from the N.C. Museum of History Associates, Williams Mullen, WLHC-FM/WLQC-FM and Harry’s Guitar Shop of Raleigh.

Southern Season Cooking School

Monday, Nov. 11

6 p.m.

Note: This program takes place at Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. For fee and registration information, call 877-929-7133.

Enjoy a cooking demonstration, presented by the staff of Southern Season Cooking School and then sample the delicious Russian dishes they prepare: oroshka (cold vegetable soup), beef stroganov, and lymonnyk (lemon pie).

History à la Carte: From Duct Tape to Electronic Tape: Inside the Watergate

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Noon-1 p.m.

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Eugene Boyce, Assistant Chief Counsel, Senate Watergate Committee

Boyce worked closely with Sen. Sam J. Ervin during the 99 days of televised hearings related to crimes committed during the 1972 presidential campaign. He served as lead investigator on the team that discovered the taping system that recorded conversations inside the White House of then president Richard Nixon.

Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, Nov. 15

6-8 p.m.

Formed, Fired, and Finished: Art Pottery from the James-Farmer Collection

After cheaper, mass-produced containers replaced utilitarian pottery in the early 20th century, North Carolina’s potters began transitioning to art pottery. Several dozen examples of that transition, and its results, are featured in this exhibit case in the museum lobby.

Was I Born for This? North Carolina Slave Voices

Sunday, Nov. 17

2 p.m.

Dr. Lucinda MacKethan, Professor of English Emerita, N.C. State University

Walk through the lives of enslaved persons as told in their own words. MacKethan will discuss the ways in which African American writers, in the years before and soon after the Civil War, presented their experience as slaves and fought against slavery and racism in North Carolina.

18th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 23

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join us in celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month! Watch artists, dancers and performers; participate in hands-on workshops and craft activities; listen to historians and scholars; and learn more about North Carolina’s American Indian population — the largest of any state east of the Mississippi River.

Info: N.C. Museum of History (919) 807-7900 or access or Facebook.