Speaker: Patrick K. O’Donnell, Award-Winning Military Historian and Author $10 for MOHA/museum members and $15 for nonmembers plus taxes. In August 1776, the month after America’s Continental Congress had formally declared independence from Britain, George Washington’s troops had been outmanned and outmaneuvered. Fortunately for the young nation, a series of desperate charges by 400 men in the…

Join the Young Associates at the North Carolina Museum of History for our 1st Annual Mardi Gras themed Masquerade Gala! Young Associates Mardi Gras Masquerade Gala 8:00 pm – 12:00 am Black tie, mask optional. 21+. General Admission Ticket(s) include: full open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction tables, tarot card readers, Photo booth, and…

Performer: DeVone Young, Storyteller, A Cappella Musician, Historian With the belief that music can heal, this North Carolina native blends iconic music—from such performers as Mahalia Jackson, Sam Cooke, and the Freedom Singers—with a history of civil rights struggles in the African American experience. Young is a retired combat veteran (US Army) and graduate of…

Panelists: Andre Taylor, Melody Hunter-Pillion, JoCora Moore, Amanda Finn For years, the tapestry of history on exhibit was remarkably monotone. Today’s public historians, however, now seek to weave vibrancy into the overall tapestry, sharing lessons learned from capturing and translating underrepresented community history: a movement represented by the oral-history projects represented on this panel of…

Moderator: Deborah Holt Noel, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina Join us for a screening of The Green Book Guide to Freedom (TVPG rating: TV-PG; run time: 60 min.), a Smithsonian Channel documentary, in our Daniels Auditorium. Following the screening, Noel will moderate a panel discussion on black mobility in North Carolina during the Jim Crow era….

This dramatic performance portrays the story of three men who, at the turn of the 1900s, established what would become the nation’s largest African American business, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Their dedication uplifted the community, helped create 200 African American businesses, and led to Durham’s downtown district becoming known as “Black Wall Street.”…

Presenter: Carrie Streeter, Scholar of US History, Women’s Studies, and the American South The Cone Mills Corporation was established in 1891 when brothers Moses and Ceasar decided to enter the textile business. While the brothers tended to their business interests, sisters Claribel and Etta were able to travel and build an art collection—paintings, sculptures, prints,…