March Programs at the N.C. Museum of History

Raleigh, NC Feb. 12, 2013 – From a Celtic violinist to a Civil War lecture, March programs cover a range of topics at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Join a special tour of the exhibit Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware (opening March 8), and see rare examples of 18th- and early-19th-century pottery.

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A documentary filmmaker will discuss his film Vic Spence, A Documentary of Life and War. Spence, a Raleigh resident, fought on Iwo Jima in World War II. Later in the month, watch the documentary The Guestworker and meet one of its filmmakers.

There is all this and more in March. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.


*Make It, Take It: Flags of the Americas
Saturday, March 2, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)
Visit the exhibit Al Norte al Norte to learn about Latino North Carolinians, and color your own flag magnet to take home.

Legacies of Appomattox
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m.
$8 in advance, $10 on March 3, $5 for ages 18 and under, $5 for Associates
Dispelling the myth that the Appomattox surrender was a “gentleman’s agreement” between Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Ulysses S. Grant that reunited the South and North, Elizabeth R. Varon, Professor of History at the University of Virginia argues that the surrender terms were controversial from the start and became the touchstone for the conflicts during Reconstruction. Admission is required. Purchase tickets in Museum Shop or by calling 919-807-7835.

*Time for Tots: String-Band Music
Tuesday, March 5 and March 12, 10-10:45 a.m.
Ages 3-5 with adult, $1 per program
Have fun learning about string-band music, and then tune up with a kazoo you make yourself! To register, call 919-807-7992.

*History Corner: To the Hoop!
Wednesday, March 6, 10-11 a.m. Ages 6-9 with adult, $1 per program
Learn about the history of basketball and the beginnings of March Madness. Make a handheld hoop to take home and practice your shot! To register, call 919-807-7992.

*History Hunters: They Got Game
Wednesday, March 6, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Ages 10-13, $1 per program
What do pigskins, baskets and zebras have in common? Sports, of course! Discover the history of your favorite team sports, compare past and present equipment, and play a game of rounders, an early form of baseball. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Curator’s Tour: Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware
Saturday, March 9, 2-2:45 p.m.
Hear stories of the potters and their craft as you receive a personal tour of the exhibit from Johanna Brown, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. Art in Clayis sponsored by Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the Chipstone Foundation and the Caxambas Foundation. The N.C. Museum of History gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Marion Stedman Covington Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. W. Trent Ragland Jr., Goodnight Educational Foundation, Ms. Nella P. Fulton, and Mr. and Mrs. C. Edward Pleasants.  Exhibit admission is required to attend. For ticket information, go to or call 919-807-7900. To register, call 919-807-7992.

Music of the Carolinas: Jamie Laval
Sunday, March 10 3-4 p.m.
This energetic Celtic violinist performs traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec. Presented with PineCone, with support from the North Carolina Museum of History Associates, Williams Mullen and WLHC-FM/WLQC-FM.

History à la Carte: Behind the Film: Vic Spence, A Documentary of Life and War
Wednesday, March 13, 12:10-1 p.m.
Raleighite Vic Spence fought on Iwo Jima in World War II. Over 60 years later, Bumgardner captured the story in his first documentary. View the film and talk to its young director about the war and modern storytelling through film.Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.  

Film Screening: The Guestworker
Thursday, March 21 Reception at 6:30 p.m., film from 7-8 p.m., Q&A from 8-8:30 p.m.
The Guestworker documents a very grueling season on a North Carolina farm. Meet one of its filmmakers, Charlie Thompson, and hear the story of Don Candelario Moreno, a 66-year-old Mexican farmer who has been coming to North Carolina since the 1960s as a laborer through the H-2A program. Thompson will introduce the film and lead a Q&A session afterward. He is director of the Benjamin N. Duke Scholars Program and the undergraduate program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

For more information about the N.C. Museum of History, call (919) 807-7900, access the museum’s website  or connect with the museum on Facebook and Twitter. The N.C. Museum of History is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.