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.

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.

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.

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.

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)


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


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



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


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.