Thank you! Time Warp 2018 is in the Books!

Thank you! Time Warp 2018 is in the Books!

Our 1970s-themed Time Warp this year was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that came out, all our sponsors, and even those that couldn’t make it but managed to bid or look at our amazing silent auction. We sold off some fabulous items including art, vacations, and night-outs, all that money supporting the museum and our upcoming programming.

At the event, we had food from Raleigh restaurants and drinks from Raleigh breweries and distilleries. The dance contest was a blast! Soul train anyone? What a hit!

The costumes were great. Partiers looked totally rad!

Sure it was a fundraiser first but it was also a way to celebrate the good

things our city museum does and is planning in the future. We hope to share more with you in the coming year as we work on a major new exhibit for our City of Raleigh Museum.

We want to thank all our sponsors again and again. They believe in the work being done here at the museum and we want to deliver on that support. If you were part of us this year, again, THANK YOU! If not, see how you can join us.

Thank you for being a part of the 2018 story. Until next year.

(in)Tangible Boundaries – A History of Raleigh through Maps

(in)Tangible Boundaries – A History of Raleigh through Maps

This exhibition in the front gallery of the City of Raleigh Museum will showcase student maps from an ongoing course at NC State’s College of Design entitled DIY Cartography. Through the course, students create maps focused on the history of Raleigh’s urban development in order to better understand how, why and where development has been concentrated and the effects that same development has had socially, politically and economically. Visitors will be able to contribute to this installation by creating their own personal and historical maps that might tell about the past, or imagine a different future.

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 Raleigh Roasts on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Come to Raleigh Roasts on Saturday, January 20, 2018

On Saturday, January 20, 2018the City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting Raleigh Roasts, 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 Raleigh Roasts 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.

“You  really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell

“You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2017)The City of Raleigh Museum announced today that its retrospective of the nationally syndicated work of political cartoonist and area resident Dwane Powell will open to the public Sunday, June 4. Titled “You really stuck it to me today”: The Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell,” the free exhibit will feature more than 40 cartoons from Powell’s childhood to the present, as well as sketchbooks and artifacts of the cartoonist’s trade. “You really stuck it to me today” will be on display through 2019.

Powell has inked over 15,000 cartoons during his four decade-long career that have caricatured presidents, politicians, and North Carolina notables. Powell began cartooning for The News & Observer newspaper in 1975, where he remained until his official retirement in 2009. He continues to ink images for the newspaper’s Sunday edition. His provocative drawings about topics such as gun control and HB2 never fail to tickle funny bones or raise hackles, and are always successful in inspiring audiences to engage in current events conversations.

Powell’s work is an encapsulation of social history of the past forty plus years. It reflects his views on complicated issues molded into satirical and comical images that poke fun at both Republicans and Democrats alike. The museum exhibit’s title appropriately stems from a quote made by North Carolina’s iconic senator, Jesse Helms, who after viewing a cartoon, called up Powell and exclaimed, “You really stuck it to me today” – but still asked to display the artwork.

Growing up on a farm in rural Arkansas, Powell studied agri-business at the University of Arkansas-Monticello but loved doodling and was drawn to the cartoons he saw in Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post and MAD Magazine. It was only by luck that his hometown paper offered him $5 a cartoon, launching his life-long passion. Powell went on to win industry recognition including the Overseas Press Club Award for Excellence in Cartooning and the National Headliners Club Award for Outstanding Editorial Cartoons. He has published three collections of his cartoons.

“Dwane Powell is a legend among American editorial cartoonists with his innate ability to chronicle the life and times of our country in a single frame,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “It is truly an honor for the museum to highlight the amazing work of one of Raleigh’s own.”