Celebrate Women's History Month in North Carolina

The hard work, perseverance and contributions of women in North Carolina is being recognized all across the state during Women’s History Month. Speeches, exhibits and tours will reveal some of the many ways women have helped shape this state.

Coming Up Across North Carolina

Throughout the month, DNCR will host a variety of events at historical sites and museums highlighting some of the incredible women who have had an impact on our state. For more events, see our event calendar.

Featured Events Celebrating Women's History Month in 2017

Eastern N.C.

Eastern N.C.

March 1.  Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City. History for Lunch featuring Lt. Jennifer Charlton. Hear her experiences about being one of the first females to complete the US Navy Submarine Officer Basic Course and also serving as supply officer on the USS Michigan. 12:15 p.m.  Free.

Through March. Historic Edenton.. Harriet Jacobs Walking Tour. Tuesdays through Saturdays only. Hear the amazing tale of Harriet Jacobs, a woman born into slavery in Edenton, who escaped to become a well-known abolitionist and author. As documented in her 1861 autobiography, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” this walking tour shares her story and takes participants through downtown Edenton to see the sites mentioned in her book. Tours include entry into St. Paul's Church and the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fee.

March 8, 22. CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, Kinston. Women’s History Lunch and Learn: Women in the Civil War.  March 8 program features a one-woman play performed by Kelly Hinson as Anna Jackson, wife of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, in mourning attire. Mach 22 features Brenda Mckean examining home life in a time of shortages and substitutions. Bring your own lunch. Noon. Free. 

March 16. Edgecombe County Genealogical Society Meeting, Tarboro. Finding Female Ancestors. Genealogical presentation from staff of the N.C. Government and Heritage Library that explores resources and practices for finding the women in your family tree. 7 p.m. Free.

March 24. N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Brown Bag Gam: Women Pirates. Whether by association, partnership or practice, women were very involved in the world of pirates. The pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read are the program focus, with a look at other women in supporting roles. Noon. Free.

Ongoing. Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head. Carolista Baum threw her body in front of a bulldozer upon learning that earth-moving machinery was preparing to flatten Jockey’s Ridge dune in 1973. She and other environmental activists prevented commercial development of Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune on the Atlantic Coast. In 1974, it was declared a National Natural Landmark and in 1975 the N.C. General Assembly appropriated funds to create Jockey’s Ridge State Park. 

Piedmont

Piedmont

March 4, 11, 18, 25. Bennett Place, Durham. Civil War Women Series. Exciting Saturday lectures: March 4, the roles assumed by women to survive Reconstruction; March 11, the experience of African American women; March 18, Civil War mourning practices; March 25, food shortages and substitutions. 1 p.m. $5.

March 4, 11, 18, 25. Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Sedalia. The Ladies of Canary Cottage! Discover the amazing women who lived and worked at Dr. Brown’s residence, then explore how Dr. Brown’s expectations for girls attending Palmer Memorial Institute are reflected in the architectural landscape. Walk-in tours, 90 minutes, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.  Free.

March 8. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. History á la Carte: I Served, Too: Fame and Humility. In 1978 Bennis M. Blue, Ph.D., was the first female member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg. She shares her experiences and historic first parachute jump with the 82nd, and offers insights for women considering a military career. Noon. Free.

March 11. Historic Stagville, Durham. Women’s History Month Lecture: Dr. Valerie A. Johnson, chair of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and head of the Africana Women’s Studies Program at Bennett College, will present “Speaking Truth, Giving Voice: A Talk in Celebration of the Genius of Black Women in North Carolina.”  11 a.m. Free. 

March 19. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. Call the (North Carolina) Midwife. Folklorist and former N.C. Museum of History curator, Lisa Yarger, recently finished “Lovie: The Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship,” a book that details her relationship with Lovie Beard Shelton. Yarger compares European midwifery practices with those of Shelton, who delivered 4,000 babies from 1950 to 2001. 3 p.m. Free. 

March 22. Online Webinar to Your Home. Finding Female Ancestors. Genealogical presentation from staff of the N.C. Government and Heritage Library that explores resources and practices for finding the women in your family tree online. Register at http://bit.ly/GHL_March22webinar. 10-11 a.m. Free. 

March 25. Duke Homestead, Durham. Born at Duke Homestead. In addition to being the birthplace of the American Tobacco Company, Duke Homestead was the birthplace of three children. This program examines the human experience of birth and motherhood there, with tours from costumed interpreters and information from midwives with the Durham Women’s Clinic. Tours at 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. $3.

Ongoing. Eno River State Park, Durham. Margaret Nygard, teacher, environmentalist and social worker, led the Association for the Preservation of Eno River Valley to save the Eno and prevent construction of a reservoir by the City of Durham in 1965. A collaboration among the Eno Association, the Nature Conservancy, Orange County and the City of Durham led to formation of Eno River State Park in 1973.

Western N.C.

Western N.C.

March 4. President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Pineville. First Ladies Program. Film screenings to learn about the lives and legacies of First Ladies Dolley Madison, Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor and Abigail Filmore. See two C-SPAN documentaries, one on North Carolina native Dolley Madison, the other on Polk, Taylor and Filmore. Sarah Polk was educated in Winston-Salem. 10 a.m. Free.  

March 4, 11, 18, 25. Reed Gold Mine, Midland. Women at Reed Gold Mine. Tours highlight the role women played in America’s first gold rush at Reed Gold Mine, inside and outside the homestead, and how they defined themselves in a patriarchal, antebellum society. 1 p.m. $2.

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