City of Raleigh Museum to Host Exhibit, Lectures for Black History Month

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The City of Raleigh Museum will celebrate Black History Month in February with a new exhibit and lectures that explore African American identity through photographs.

On Feb. 3, the museum will open an exhibit featuring never before seen photographs from the collection of the Dr. Manassa T. Pope House Museum. The Pope family moved to Raleigh in 1900 and built a home at 511 S. Wilmington Street that still stands today. For the next century, the Popes led a unique life as prosperous and engaged leaders of the community. Their life was captured through the camera’s lens and will be displayed in the exhibit, “A Family Story: Photographs from the Pope House.”

Dr. Pope led a remarkable life as a doctor, soldier, entrepreneur, and politician. These were significant endeavors for an African American during the heyday of Jim Crow segregation. His daughters, Ruth and Evelyn, had noteworthy lives in their own right, using education to shape generations of young minds. The Pope House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a Raleigh Historic Landmark. The Pope House is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The photographs from the Pope House collection reveal the personal lives of the Pope family. They show scenes of everyday life demonstrating the social, political, and financial influence of the family in the midst of a segregated society.

“These photographs take viewers on an incredible journey,” said Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum. “Not only do they highlight the incredible achievements of the Pope family but capture the intimate.”

In addition to the exhibit, the City of Raleigh Museum will present two lectures that further discuss the concept of Black identity.

On Feb. 26, the City of Raleigh Museum will honor Raleigh’s African-American newspaper on its 75th anniversary. The Carolinian was started in 1939 by Paul R. Jervay Sr. with the mission of giving “voice to the voiceless.” Today, Mr. Jervay’s son and grandson are continuing the newspaper’s long tradition of providing news to local African-American readers. Paul Jervay Jr. and Kelvin Jervay will be at the museum to share the history of this influential paper and thoughts on the future of publishing in the 21st century. Both programs start at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

On Mar. 12 at 7 p.m., Craig James will talk about his passion to collect early photographs of African Americans, focusing largely on images that show the pride of newly emancipated men and women. This topic is especially poignant in Mr. James’ search as he discovered his own great-grandmother, Nursey James, in 1933. You can listen to Craig James story on UNC Public Radio at

Both the Pope photograph exhibit and the lectures events are free and open to the public. The City of Raleigh Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. For more information, contact the museum at 919-996-2220.

2014 Festival of Wreaths

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Enjoy delicious sweets and savories, festive drinks and a live holiday performance while
bidding on creatively decorated wreaths designed by local florists, interior designers and artists!
Joseph Barnes of Catering Works | Mary Catherine Floyd
Kathy Herdrich | Seaboard Studio 123 | April Schlanger of happyfoodwine
Les Stewart of Trophy Brewing Co | Steve Taras of The Watered Garden Florist
Susan Tollefson Interiors | Erin Weston of Southern Magnolia
T I C K E T S :
$20 Members | $25 Non-Members
To purchase tickets or make a donation by credit card, visit us online at

Also available at the COR Museum gift shop, cash or check accepted.

**If you buy your tickets online, please print your receipt and bring it with you to the event. Your receipt will act as your ticket(s) for the event!**

Please call 919-996-3775 or email

Paderewski Festival

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Night at the City of Raleigh Museum


This summer, the City of Raleigh Museum has partnered with Seed Art Share to bring you an exciting new children’s program. This original scavenger-play, written by Raleigh playwright Ian Finley, invites history buffs ages 8 to 12 to join Sir Walter Raleigh for a night of intrigue and mystery-solving in the Museum. Lost artifacts and hidden clues have turned the Museum upside down. Follow the trail of nuts, but look out for the Museum’s arch nemesis, Stewart the Squirrel. This 45-minute show will run June 19th, July 17th, and August 21st at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:00pm each night. Space is limited. Tickets can be ordered online here.

Since April 2010, Seed Art Share has created arts experiences for performers, patrons, and the people they love! Seed Art Share is made up of diverse professionals, such as teachers, artists, musicians, psychologists, social workers, and parents.  Seed supports and serves the Raleigh arts community and their families through events, performances, and community partnerships.

For more information, call (919) 996-2220 or visit

Hardware History Summer Camp


The Museum offers a week long summer camp four times throughout the summer. Our camp provides activities for children that enrich their understanding of history alongside the fundamentals of math and science. This camp covers a time period in Raleigh’s history each day. For example, starting with the antebellum period on Mondays campers learn about plantation life with a visit to a local Raleigh historic site then finish the week with present day Raleigh touring downtown’s tallest skyscraper. Each day campers finish back at the COR museum and with the help of engineers and LEGOs® participants will learn basic engineering concepts that took us from one time period to the next including simple machines such as levers to pulleys.

This camp for ages 9 to 12 is a great way to spend a week this summer! For more information please call Kimberly Floyd at 919-996-3023 or the museum’s main line at 919-996-2220.

Check out what we have worked on this year!




Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War 2 Veterans

xposter1 - Copyxposter1Marguerite Robinson2The new “Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War 2 Veterans” exhibit will tell the tale of two different Raleighs and how its residents who went to war had vastly different experiences in the same conflict. 15 local veterans have been interviewed as part of an oral history project which will culminate with the “Our War…” exhibit. Though 70 years have passed, many personal events of the war are fresh in the minds of the veterans. By sharing their stories, these veterans give us a revealing look at what it was like to grow up in 30’s/40’s Raleigh and leave for war. By collecting their stories in their own words it is hoped the exhibit will be a testament to the varied contributions of Raleigh’s diverse residents.

“Our War: Voices of Raleigh’s World War 2 Veterans” opens at the museum June 7th.

MEXhibit: “Mexican Artists in North Carolina”


The City of Raleigh Museum and the Consulate General of Mexico are sponsoring an exhibit of contemporary Mexican artists entitled, “MEXhibit: Mexican Artists in North Carolina”. The exhibit runs May 1 – 30 and features works from eight artists who reside and work in North Carolina. The artworks include sculpture and paintings that reflect the experience of a new generation of talented and recognized Mexican artists that make great contributions to the American and Latin American culture. Their work embodies the relationship between tradition and the contemporary. The artists featured in the exhibit are Leticia Álvarez –Pintora, Cornelio Campos, José G. Vázquez, Rosalia Torres-Weiner, Socorro Hernández Hinek, Mariana Rodríguez –Pardy, and Verónica Grossi-Pintora.


The City of Raleigh Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St. and is open 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday from 1 pm to 4pm. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors/students. For more information, contact Ernest Dollar at (919) 996-3022 or

Time Warp 2014 Salute to the1940’s Swing Dance

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TimeWarp 2014 Salute to the1940’s Swing Dance at the COR Museum

June 7, 2014


Members $60, Non-members $70


Swing back to the 1940’s and kick up your heels at this evening of fun, food, drink and dance!


Featuring Live Jazz Band “Mint Julep” with Live and Silent Auctions, Raffle and 1940’s themed photo booth. 1940’s attire and WWII uniforms encouraged! View our WWII exhibit in honor of the  70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6th).  Your ticket supports exhibits at the City of Raleigh Museum and includes a year-long membership.




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