April Programs at the N.C. Museum of History

Kids in a summer camp at the N.C. Museum of History
Raleigh

Vietnam Veterans Day Weekend will kick off April events at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet North Carolina Vietnam veterans and hear about the Vietnam War firsthand. In addition to displays and activities, the play “Etchings in Stone” will be presented each day.  

Join a screening of “Los Jets” about the first predominately Latino sports team to win a statewide sports championship in North Carolina: 2004’s state soccer champions, the Jets, from Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. The team’s coach, Paul Cuadros, and a few team members and family members will discuss their experiences after the film. 

Get ready for the Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days, an around-the-clock reading of all plays by William Shakespeare. Through a partnership with Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre Company, 38 theatrical groups from across North Carolina will perform stage readings of the Bard’s plays with minimal costumes and props.  

Mark your calendar for these and other April programs at the N.C. Museum of History. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.  

Programs

Vietnam Veterans Day Weekend

Friday-Saturday, April 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, April 3, noon-5 p.m.

Meet veterans; see uniforms, weapons and gear. View a Field Cross memorial, a display of the state’s POW and MIA heroes, and a 1/8-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. Sponsored by N.C. Vietnam Veterans Inc. 

“Etchings in Stone”

Friday, April 1, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m.

By North Carolina veteran Ron Harris, this play places audience members “inside” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall so they are privy to the words and unspoken thoughts of passing visitors. Music, video clips and photographs from the Vietnam era are featured between segments. Sponsored by N.C. Vietnam Veterans Inc. This program is free, but reservations are requested. Call 919-624-5091 or e-mail vetdooler1@aol.com

First Fridays at the Museum: An Evening with Los Jets 

Friday, April 1, 5-9 p.m. 

Help open the museum’s new case exhibit Los Jets: Playing for the American Dream in the lobby, and then join a screening of “Los Jets” at 7 p.m. Try samples from Raleigh Brewing Company, while supplies last. The Museum Shop will be open. 

Screening: “Los Jets”  

Friday, April 1, 7 p.m.

This 2014 documentary series evolved from a book by coach and author Paul Cuadros. Following a screening of the first episode, Cuadros and a few Los Jets players and family members will discuss some of their experiences. The six-part series “Los Jets” was co-executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and Lynda Lopez for NUVOtv. Not rated; run time: 30 min.

Wine & Design: Southern Impressions 

Friday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. 

Yes, you can paint like a pro! While Michael Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Curator, Southern Impressions, walks you through what makes southern art “southern,” an artist from Wine & Design’s Raleigh studio will lead you in creating your own painting. Wine and snacks included in fee. $50 plus tax per person; $40 plus tax for Associates/museum members. Limited space available. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Money Talks: Don Quixote and the Spanish Peseta

Sunday, April 10, 2-2:45 p.m. 

Miguel Chirinos, N.C. Chapter of the International Bank Note Society

Money can teach us about a culture. As part of North Carolina’s inaugural El Quixote Festival, historian Chirinos will share some of his research on Spanish currency and the late 1500s. The festival series continues with the monthly Music of the Carolinas concert at 3 p.m.

Music of the Carolinas: Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band  

Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. 

Stephenson, “recognized as one of America’s most promising young performers,” and his ensemble will entertain with Spanish and nuevo flamenco music — original compositions, as well as music by Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea and Joaquin Rodrigo. Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last beginning at 2 p.m.

Presented with PineCone and support from the Museum of History Associates and Williams Mullen, this concert is part of the state’s inaugural El Quixote Festival. 

Time for Tots: Kitchen Gadgets

Tuesday, April 12, 10-10:45 a.m.

See gadgets used in kitchens past and present, and try to guess what they do! Then use several of these tools to “whip” up something good to eat! Ages 3-5 (with adult). $3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7979. 

History Corner: Gold!

Wednesday, April 13, 10-11 a.m.

Discover our state’s golden past, hear a short story, and play a gold rush game. Ages 6-9 (with adult). $3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7979. 

History Hunters: The First Gold Rush

Wednesday, April 13, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

Did you know that North Carolina was the site of the first gold rush in America? Learn more, and pan for the shiny stuff yourself! Ages 10-13. $3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members. To register, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7979. 

History à la Carte: Cervantes and Shakespeare

Wednesday, April 13, noon-1 p.m. 

Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and William Shakespeare, playwright, arguably died on the same day: April 23, 1616. Regardless, their writings have influenced 400 years of literature. Dr. Jonathan Wade, Associate Professor of Spanish, Meredith College, will explore how these two literary leaders were connected. Bring your lunch; beverages provided. 

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes: North Carolina Folk Arts

Saturday, April 16, 1-4:30 p.m.

Time travel through the museum’s collections and make a variety of crafts from North Carolina’s past as you earn a Folk Arts badge. $11 per Scout. Register by Monday, April 4, at nccoastalpines.org. For information, call 919-807-7988.

Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days

Saturday, April 23, noon-Thursday, April 28, 6 a.m. 

Visit NCMOH-exhibits.com for play titles, performance times and a list of groups involved. 

Get ready for May’s traveling exhibit with an around-the-clock reading of all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. Through a partnership with Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre Company, theatrical groups — professional, college and amateur — will perform stage readings of the Bard’s plays with minimal costumes and props. Drop in at noon on Saturday for the kickoff, then join us during the marathon. 

Summer Camps

Have a blast in the past! Half-day camps are available for youth who have completed grades K through 8. Cost is $100 plus tax per person per camp, $90 plus tax for Associates/museum members. Need-based scholarships are available. 

Supervised lunchtime care may be purchased for registered campers. Enrollment is limited, so register early! For a complete list of camps and registration information, visit ncmuseumofhistory.org or call 919-807-7979.

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