Museum of History in Raleigh – July Activities


Before air-conditioning, you know that North Carolinians had some rather innovative ways to survive summer’s sizzling southernheat: porch swings, ice boxes, soda fountains, swimming holes, and other cool comforts.

In July the Museum of History will present two children’s programs that focus on ways folks used in the past to beat the heat.

Adults can beat the heat, as well, by taking advantage of a variety of indoor programs in July with lunchtime lectures such as History à la Carte: Making the Twin City. Hear about the formation of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

July’s Artist at Work program will feature Andy Sterlen, a self-taught tailor who re-creates clothing from the mid-1700s to the 1920s. His demonstration will involve making an 18th-century gentleman’s coat. After watching him, try sewing a stitch yourself!

July Programs

Time for Tots: Look at Lighthouses
Tuesdays, July 1 and 8, 10–10:45 a.m.
Ages 3–5 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Learn about North Carolina’s amazing lighthouses, and make your own beacon of light to take home.
History Corner: Beat the Heat!
Wednesday, July 2, 10–11 a.m.
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

How did folks keep cool before air conditioners and swimming pools? Explore old-fashioned ways to beat the heat!

History Hunters: Hot Enough for Ya?
Wednesday, July 2, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Ages 10–13
$1 per child
To register, call 919-807-7992.

What do porches, wells, and swimming holes have in common? Find out as we investigate southern summers before electricity.

Story Time in the Gallery
Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; 10–10:30 a.m.
Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Pirates, Ahoy!
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 5–8 (with adult)
$10 per child; $8, museum members
Space is limited; to register, call 919-807-7992.

Calling all buccaneers! Set sail for the museum to hear tales about Blackbeard and other seafarers and to make crafts. You might even challenge a real pirate to a sword fight.

Home Front Happenings
Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m.–noon
Ages 6–9 (with adult)
To register, call 919-807-7992.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a kid in North Carolina as World War II raged overseas? In this program, we’ll explore that time—you might even be the star of your own radio show!


Adults and older students:

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.

History à la Carte: Making the Twin City
Wednesday, July 9, noon–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Chris Jordan, Director, Education and Programming, New Winston Museum

Jordan will briefly outline the events and key characters that led to the creation of Forsyth County, the establishment of Winston in Salem’s backyard, and the six decades of enormous growth prior to official consolidation in 1913.

Artist at Work: Andy Sterlen
Saturday, July 12, noon–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Sterlen, a self-taught tailor who re-creates clothing from the Georgian, Victorian, and early Edwardian eras (1750s–1920s), will be working on the most visible part of an 18th-century gentleman’s wardrobe—a coat.

Make It, Take It: Sew a Stitch
Saturday, July 12, noon–3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Watch Andy Sterlen create historic costumes during his Artist at Work program, then learn to stitch a patch or sew on a button yourself.

Conservation Assistance Day at the Western Office
176 Riceville Road, Asheville
Friday, July 18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Appointment required: call Lorraine at 828-296-7230, ext. 221.

Do you have questions about caring for your treasured possessions? Make an appointment and take up to three objects to the Western Office, Archives and History, in Asheville, for assessment and advice on care from a museum conservator.

Saturdays in the Garden

Saturday, July 26, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join the museum’s garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza and see what’s going on out there! Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

For further information about any July programs, call 919-807-7900, access, or like us on

Mark your calendars for all this and more at the Museum of History in Raleigh.

Admission is free except as noted for special programs. Parking is free on weekends.

NOTE: The Museum of History will be closed for Independence Day on Friday, July 4.

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