Raleigh Roasts 2020!

Get your caffeine on: City of Raleigh Museum’s popular ‘Raleigh Roasts’ event returns Saturday, Jan. 18

More than 800 people attended last year’s coffee tasting event – buy your tickets now!
What: The City of Raleigh Museum will host its 3rd annual Raleigh Roasts event in
celebration of Raleigh's café culture on Saturday, Jan. 18. Visitors can purchase
wristbands allowing them to sample freely from onsite local coffee and pastry
businesses while browsing museum exhibits and enjoying live music. Paid admission
includes a complimentary, newly designed 2020 Sir Walter Raleigh coffee mug (while
supplies last).

Confirmed vendors include Counter Culture Coffee, Dilworth Coffee, Slingshot Coffee
Co., Larry’s Coffee, Full Bloom Coffee, Benelux Coffee, Pine State Coffee, Lousy
Hunters Doughnuts, Yellow Dog Bread Co., Carroll’s Kitchen, and TAMA Tea.

Tickets are $5 in advance/$10 at the door – tickets are recommended in advance
at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raleigh-roasts-2020-tickets-85479388151

Tickets for members of the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum (the non-profit
organization that supports the City of Raleigh Museum through fundraising and
initiatives) are $3 in advance/$5 at the door.

There will be a separate entrance line for members of the Friends.

The 3rd Annual Raleigh Roasts is sponsored by Campbell University Raleigh campus,
Slingshot Coffee Co., and TransLoc.

A Delicious Country

Explorer John Lawson trekked through the Carolina colony in 1701, recording all he saw. Three centuries later, Raleigh journalist, Scott Huler, followed his trail documenting what had changed and what remained the same. Their journeys are featured in a new exhibit, A Delicious Country, at the COR Museum on display through March 22, 2020.

Thank You For Coming To Rooted In Raleigh!

Thanks to everyone who attended our event this year! We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Through your generous support, and the support of our sponsors, we raised approximately $9,000! This funding will help support new exhibits as well as our educational programs.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at City Of Raleigh Museum!




Our Families’ Treasures: Stories from Moore Square Magnet Middle School

Our Families’ Treasures: Stories from Moore Square Magnet Middle School

The City of Raleigh Museum and Moore Square Magnet Middle School 8th grade class will open the newest exhibit Our Families’ Treasures with an opening reception from 6-9pm on April 5th. This exhibit focuses on the important objects that each student has in their life and tells the story of their families. From stories of war, migration, love, and even a look to the future, the 8th grade students at Moore Square will show you how one object can represent an entire story.

April is Raleigh History Month! Join us for special tours and events!

UPDATE: The Oak City Architecture Tour was rescheduled to Saturday, May 4th. Details are at the bottom of the page.

The City of Raleigh Museum celebrates April as Raleigh History Month with a month-long program of special walking tours and events to celebrate Raleigh’s cultural heritage and encourage the public to explore the city’s numerous historic sites!

History After Hours (Tuesday, April 2 @ 7-8 p.m.) – Did you know there was a wall built around Raleigh during the Civil War? Did you know there’s a quote in all U.S. passports from a famous Raleighite? Are you living in a Red Light District? Want to know more about Raleigh’s colorful past? Discover some of the fun, tragic, and weird stories from the city’s history – from Raleigh’s hidden places to true crimes to unsung heroes. Join the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum for drinks and history – admission $10, complimentary beer & wine will be served (21+).


“Between Heaven and Hell: Raleigh and the End of the Civil War” Walking Tour (Saturday, April 6 @ 10-11 a.m.) – Did you know that Raleigh was almost burned to the ground? Explore the tense days in April 1865 at the end of the Civil War when Raleigh teetered between destruction and salvation in this walking tour. Hear stories of retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army. Adults $10, Youth 7-17 $4, Children 6 & Under Free.

(Saturday, April 6 @ 12pm – 1pm)

Director’s Talk: Behind the Scenes of From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill (Thursday, April 18 @ 7pm)

Go behind the scenes of the City of Raleigh Museum’s exhibit with the Director, Ernest Dollar. Learn about the stories that inspired the exhibits and some of the mysteries uncovered by the research. For over a year, COR Museum staff researched the history behind Dorothea Dix Hospital in preparation of an exhibit. Join the museum’s director Ernest Dollar as he discusses to process of creating the display and even what the team discovered that didn’t make it into the display. Co-Sponsored with the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum. Drinks included with your ticket. Regular Admission $10Members of the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum $8 (with promotional code).

A Community’s Legacy: African American History Walking Tour (Saturday, April 20 @ 10 – 11 a.m.) – Explore the rich African American history along the streets of downtown. From stories of entrepreneurs, triumphs, and tragedy, you will discover the legacy of the men and women who lived, worked, and help make Raleigh what it is today. Adults $10, Youth 7-17 $4, Children 6 & Under Free.

(Saturday, April 20 @ 12pm – 1pm)


Oak City Architecture Tour (Saturday, May 4th @ 10–11 a.m.) – Raleigh’s urban landscape is mix of old and new. Discover the city’s downtown architectural secrets in this revealing walking tour. Adults $10, Youth 7-17 $4, Children 6 & Under Free.

(Saturday, May 4th @ 12pm – 1pm)


Tickets are selling fast so get yours now!

Joe Winters Comes Home – A Celebration at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, February 24th

Joe Winters Comes Home – A Celebration at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, February 24th

Friend to Legendary Performers, Saluted by J. Edgar Hoover    

The re-discovery of Joe Winters’ legacy starts with Greg Paul. While renovating the Winters’ elegant family home in Southeast Raleigh, Paul was fascinated by the vintage concert tickets, photos and other mementos he came across in what had been Joe’s basement office.

Paul contacted Warden, who met with Chacona and Joseph Jr. The children had preserved many materials associated with their father’s career. Together, they brought in COR Museum, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Centerplate, the Raleigh Police Department, St. Augustine’s University, disc jockey Chico Scott, events producer Nick Neptune and others to share Joe’s extraordinary life with a wider audience.

That life includes being the force behind a long list of concerts that transcended the color line, dedicating himself to community building projects and carrying out his duties as a police officer in such a way that he was honored as Tar Heel of the Week in Raleigh’s daily newspaper, The News & Observer, and received a letter of commendation from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

The City Of Raleigh Museum is proud to be part of this special event. If you can’t make it on the 24th, you’ll still be able to visit the Auditorium through the end of March to see this amazing exhibit. For more information, please contact the museum.

Celebrating Joseph Winters Sr, the Cop Who Bridged the Racial Divide One Superstar at a Time

  • The exhibit opens in February and runs through March in the lobby of Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Reception: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m, free, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
  • Sponsored by Greg Paul Builders, Womble Bond Dickinson, City of Raleigh Museum, Duke Energy Center for the
  • Performing Arts, Centerplate, GBW Strategies, Brasco Design, St. Augustine’s University
  • Produced by Billy Warden, Joseph Winters Jr., Chacona Winters Baugh, Nick Neptune, Chico Scott
Raleigh Roasts was a hit! See you next year.

Raleigh Roasts was a hit! See you next year.

The Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum hosted their Second Annual Raleigh Roasts to great success on Saturday, January 26, 2019. As vendors began arriving early that morning, the excitement in the air only grew as adults and children alike began lining Fayetteville Street. Despite the chilly weather, many spoke in eager curiosity as to what selections different vendors would provide.

This year Raleigh Roasts hosted eleven different vendors from around the area including Larry’s Coffee, Dilworth Coffee, Tama Café, Carrol’s Kitchen, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Black & White, Counter Culture, Videri, Slingshot Coffee, Ello Raw, and Pine State Coffee. Vendors brought new treats like coffee soda, kolache rolls, and sparkling tea, as well as coffee culture staples including banana bread, chocolate, and even some superfood snack bites. And there was coffee, lots of coffee! With all the coffee being brewed, museum visitors commented that the museum smelled faintly of coffee for hours after the event ended.

After visitors were welcomed in by The Friends and received their Sir Walter Raleigh Mugs, they were pulled in by the vendors spread around the museum. While visitors waited to sample different items, the museum exhibits helped keep them entertained. But with visitors and vendors spread everywhere, many remarked they would have to come back for a second visit to see all the different exhibits the museum offered. The Dwane Powell, “You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell exhibit was a favorite among the event’s attendees, with many new drawing added to the interactive exhibit.

A great addition to the event was live music provided by Annika Bovender, a talented musician who played host to her cheering section throughout the morning. Bovender played various songs, which only added to the coffee house atmosphere during Raleigh Roasts.

As the event began approaching its completion, visitors and vendors alike were surprised at how quickly the time had passed. Many remarked they could not wait until Raleigh Roasts 2020, and with the success and increased interest, this event will be here to stay.