Fayetteville Street Walking Tours

Fayetteville Street Walking Tours

Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville Street! Every Saturday @ 2 pm beginning in January, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer Fayetteville Street Walking Tours. The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street,” a half-mile long street with a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer one-hour, one-mile walking tours (beginning and ending at the museum) every Saturday afternoon in 2018. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up the over 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather. For more information, please contact the museum at 919-996-2220.

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Come to Capital CoffeeCon on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Come to Capital CoffeeCon on Saturday, January 20, 2018

On Saturday, January 20, 2018the City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting Capital CoffeeCon, an event that celebrates Raleigh’s café culture.  We have invited local businesses into the museum from 9 am-noon to provide museum visitors with samples and sell their products. Visitors can purchase a $5 wristband that will allow them to sample freely as well as receive a complimentary City of Raleigh Museum coffee mug. Confirmed vendors include Larry’s Coffee, Lucettegrace, Raleigh Coffee Company, Rise Biscuits Donuts Cameron Village, Benelux Coffee, and Escazu Chocolates. Chatham Rabbits Music Co. will provide musical entertainment. Visitors to the museum who do not wish to participate in CoffeeCon will still be able to purchase products from these vendors. As always, admission to the City of Raleigh Museum is free.

Recap of the Dwane Powell Fireside Chat

Recap of the Dwane Powell Fireside Chat

During the Friend’s Annual Meeting this July, we had a fantastic turnout of new visitors and current members at the museum to see a fireside chat with Dwane Powell and our director, Ernest Dollar. We filled the entry way of the museum as we welcomed new board members and hosted this free event to the public.

Make sure to join us for future events like this one by becoming a member of the City of Raleigh museum. “You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell is now on display at the museum.

Sir Walter Social hosts Thirteen Local Organizations

Sir Walter Social hosts Thirteen Local Organizations

The Sir Walter social was this past Saturday, and it proved that you don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy Raleigh’s history. With the combined efforts of The Friends of COR Museum, The City of Raleigh and other historical groups we counted over 100 visitors in under 3 hours!

The event kicked off with a quick word from Douglas Noreen describing the Friends organization and its mission. Followed up by Ernest Dollar who expressed the importance of community within these organizations and encouraged collaboration. Both Sammy the Squirrel and Sir Walter Raleigh made an appearance as well as several historic reenactors from Yates Mill Park.

The Organizations represented were as follows:

Pullen Park Amusements
Raleigh City Cemeteries Preservation
Capital Area Preservation
Historic Oakview Park
Historic Yates Mill Park
The MT Pope House and Museum
The North Carolina Capital Building
Joel Lane House
Wake County Historical Society
Tar Heel Junior Interpreters
Raleigh Hall of Fame
Raleigh Fire Museum
And of course, The City of Raleigh Museum.

We received great feedback and plan on doing this event again next year!

Get Your Time Warp 2017 Tickets Today!

Get Your Time Warp 2017 Tickets Today!

The Friends of City of Raleigh (COR) Museum invite you to save the date of Saturday, June 3rd, and join us for Time Warp 2017! This year, we will be transported back to Raleigh in the 1920s, so break out your top hats and flapper dresses! Join us for an evening of auctions, food, drink, and dancing – all proceeds will support the City of Raleigh Museum’s exhibits and programming.

DATE AND TIME
Sat, June 3, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Click here for tickets to this event.

The Sir Walter Social: An Introduction to the City of Raleigh Museum

The Sir Walter Social: An Introduction to the City of Raleigh Museum

Calling all History Buffs!

Be sure to mark your calanders on Saturday, March 11th for a truly historic event. The Sir Walter Social aims to invite all those who are passionate for local history to meet the sites and organizations associated with it’s preservation. Come learn about the City of Raleigh Museum and its Friends Organization and discover the events and exhibits we have planned for 2017. Representatives from other sites and organizations will be in attendance to share in the experience. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum.

Saturday, March 11th 3pm-6pm

Please register for the FREE event through Eventbrite.

Join Us For Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India on Saturday, January 14

Join us at the City of Raleigh Museum for a special food event.

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India
Saturday January 14, 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

The City of Raleigh Museum is presenting an unique evening exploring the fusion of Indian-American cooking through dishes that are traditionally prepared to celebrate the Indian holidays of Pongal and Lohri. Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland, Chef Vimala Rajendran of Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, and James Beard award nominee Chef Meherwan Irani will explore the impact of American culture on their traditional Indian recipes. Enjoy a dish from each chef and listen as they discuss inspiration for their recipes.

Limited space available until January 12, 2017. $30.00 per person. Please purchase tickets prior to the event.

Unique events happening around the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit!

Unique events happening around the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit!

The City of Raleigh Museum is partnering with local groups to tie in a series of educational programs and special events to highlight the Triangle’s vibrant Indian community and create a more interactive experience. For more information, contact us at (919)-996-2220 or via email at cormuseum@gmail.com.  Events are free unless noted and all take place onsite at the City of Raleigh Museum:

Explore India Through Dance (Instructor: Priya Chellani, Indigo Dance Evolution Academy)

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Bollywood dance is synonymous with Indian culture so come discover this dance fusion rooted in Indian classical and folk dances.  Explore the exhibition then become the interpreter as you learn a creative blend of dance movements and express yourself on a diverse variety of Bollywood songs. The different workshops will focus on dance styles from different regions across India.  Each workshop is limited to maximum capacity of 20 and are taught by Indigo Dance Evolution.  Ideal for families, children ages 9+.  Cost $9/ticket.

  • November 12, 2016, 1-3 pm
  • February 11, 2017, 1-3 pm
  • March 11, 2017, 1-3 pm
  • April 9, 2017, 1-3 pm

The Sari: India’s Iconic Clothing

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Learn about the sari, the most recognizable garment worn by Indian women. Explore the history of the sari and its evolution over the years. This program explains the different ways of wearing a sari that varies from region to region in India. Visitors can try on a sari and vintage saris will be displayed.

  • December 11, 2016, 2 – 3 pm

Yoga Classes

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Beginning in December, the City of Raleigh Museum will begin offering bi-monthly yoga classes in collaboration with local yoga studios Celestine Yoga & Movement Arts, Blue Lotus and Ashtanga Yoga School of Raleigh.  The classes will vary in style, practice, and technique to showcase the ways in which traditional Indian yoga practices have been molded into a cultural phenomenon here in the United States.

  • Every first and third Saturday of the month from December 2016 to April 2017
  • Contact the museum for more information about the individual classes or instructors.

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India Food Event

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The COR Museum in partnership with two area Triangle restaurants will explore Indian-American cooking in celebration of the Hindu festivals Pongal and Lohri.  Restaurants will offer cuisine celebrating the winter harvest season and chefs will talk about their dishes and how coming to American and American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes.  James Beard Award nominee chef Meherwan Irani (of Asheville’s famed Chai Pani restaurant) will be keynote speaker.  Cost $30 per person; limited space available.

Beyond Bollywood Exhibit Programming

Beyond Bollywood Exhibit Programming

Explore India Through Dance

Bollywood dance is synonymous with Indian culture. Discover this dance fusion rooted in Indian classical and folk dances at The City of Raleigh Museum as we welcome a Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” Explore this new exhibition then become the interpreter as you learn a creative blend of dance movements and express yourself on a diverse variety of Bollywood songs. This workshop will focus on the different dance style from the regions across India Instructor: Priya Chellani, Indigo Dance Evolution Academy.

February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
•           Age range: Families, 9 years old and up
•           $7.00/ticket
•           Max capacity 20 spots

Yoga Classes

Beginning in December, the City of Raleigh Museum will begin offering bimonthly yoga classes in collaboration with local yoga studios as part of the opening of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit entitledBeyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.  The exhibit is the first national exhibit to celebrate the history and remarkable achievements of Indian Americans in the United States.  Every first and third Saturday of the month from December to April the museum will offer yoga classes, varying in style, practice, and technique to showcase the ways in which traditional Indian yoga practices have been molded into a cultural phenomenon here in the United States.

All hour long classes are free and begin at 11 a.m. For more information about individual classes or attending a session, please stop by the City of Raleigh Museum or contact the museum by phone at (919)-996-2220 or via email at cormuseum@gmail.com.

Celestine Yoga & Movement Arts will host classes here on 11/19, 12/17, 2/4, and 4/1. 

Hatha Yoga

This branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures  breathing techniques and meditation  with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility.

Vinyasa

This elegant and powerful style of Hatha Yoga seamlessly synchronizes breath and movement. Vinyasa is rooted in the ancient Ashtanga Yoga tradition, and has been practiced and passed down through generations of yogis. The outer experience is one of changing physical shapes; the inner experience is stillness like a meditation in motion.

Blue Lotus will host classes here on 12/3, 2/18, 3/4, and 3/18. 

The classes offered all levels Vinyasa class honoring classical yoga as part of contemporary American culture and community.

Ashtanga Yoga School of Raleigh will host classes here on 1/7 and 1/21. 

MYSORE CLASS

Ashtanga yoga is learned in what’s called a “Mysore” class.  The Mysore class is not structured like a typical yoga class; it’s more like receiving a private lesson in a group setting.  You practice amidst other like-minded students who are working at their own level and pace. This is a self-practice format where students practice the Ashtanga series at their own pace with a teacher guiding each student individually. Students move through the series at their own pace allowing the body to open naturally and only working new postures when physically and emotionally ready. Students new to the practice and attending their first Mysore style class will be given a short foundational practice and may stay to observe or are free to leave.

LED PRIMARY SERIES

This is a traditionally counted primary series class.  The primary series is the first set of yoga postures, considered most important and foundational, that are taught in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.  This practice helps practitioners deepen focus inward, learn to extend breath, and is meant to help detoxify and purify the body. It is recommended that students have experience with Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga before attending this class.

The Sari: India’s Iconic Dress

Come and learn about the most recognizable garment worn by Indian women. Explore the history of the sari and its evolution over the years. This program explains the different ways of wearing a sari that changes from region to region in Indian. Visitors can try on a saare and vintage saris will be on display.

Date: December 11
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm
Location: COR Museum
Free

Beyond Bollywood: A Taste of India Food Event

Date: Saturday January 14, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: COR Museum
Cost: $30

The COR Museum in partnership with Garland and Vimala’s Curryblossum Café will celebrate Indian holidays of  Pongal and Lohri by exploring the history and future of Indian food. Also presenting savory treats and discussing the new direction of Indian food is Chai Pani, James Beard Award nominated chef from Asheville. Each chef will talk about their dishes and how American culture has changed their traditional Indian recipes. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited.

Raleigh’s Forgotten Symbol

city_flagCelebrate Flag Day at the City of Raleigh Museum. Since 1777 Flag Day has been an annual holiday on June 14th to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag, but did you know the City of Raleigh has a flag? The City of Raleigh is one of approximately 450 cities in the United States to have their own flag. The flag, originally made by Kate Denson in 1899 is now housed in the City of Raleigh Museum collection.

The flag, recently removed from exhibition, is in need of conservation work. Come get a closer look at the flag and enjoy a free lecture. Local Raleigh historian, Joe Mobley, will explore the history of the flag and its role in early 1900s Raleigh. Hear about the flags past conservation and current conservation needs with local textile conservator, Paige Myers, as she discusses the flag and helpful techniques to help preserve your personal heirlooms.

Light refreshments following.

Saturday, June 11th
10am – 11:30am