August Programs for the North Carolina Museum of History

North Carolina Museum of History

Meet former NASCAR driver Junior Johnson, watch fabric beader Elizabeth Constant Lewis at work, and experience more this August at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

Talk with the state's legendary driver during the program First Fridays at the Museum: Moonshine. NASCAR. Junior Johnson. See the 1973 film "The Last American Hero" about this Tar Heel, who left the moonshining business to become a professional stock car racer.

If you love beautiful beading, drop in to watch Lewis demonstrate her craft. She learned the skill from her grandmother, Elizabeth Otey "Lizzie" Constant, one of the sisters featured in the exhibit Made Especially for You by Willie Kay.

Parents, as the dog days of summer linger, bring the children to some cool programs. Kids can learn about games in colonial times or explore the museum's garden exhibit and make a related craft.

There's all this and more in August. Admission is free unless otherwise noted. Parking is free on weekends.


*Time for Tots: Colonial Games

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 10-10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-5 (with adult)

$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members

To register, visit For information, call 919-807-7979.

Play games that were popular in colonial times, and have some old-fashioned fun. You'll even make a game that you can play later.

*History Corner: Garden Fun

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 10-11 a.m.

Ages 6-9 (with adult)

$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members

To register, visit For information, call 919-807-7988.

Visit the museum's garden exhibit and find out what's living there! After a story about growing things, make a "planty" craft to take home.

*History Hunters: In the Garden

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ages 10-13

$3 plus tax per child; $1 plus tax for Associates/museum members

To register, visit For information, call 919-807-7988.

Learn about plants that North Carolinians have grown for food or for use in making cloth; then make something for yourself from the museum garden's bounty.

*Storytime in the Gallery

Thursdays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25

10-10:30 a.m.

Ages 3 and up (with adult)

Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide to one of the museum galleries. There, you can look around and listen to a history-related story. Topics change every week!

First Fridays at the Museum: Moonshine. NASCAR. Junior Johnson.

Friday, Aug. 5, 5-9 p.m.

The three were inseparable after Esquire magazine published "The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!" in 1965. Meet the legendary driver, watch a documentary short (not rated) and a feature-length film, "The Last American Hero" (PG-L, S), starring Jeff Bridges. While supplies last, get a sample of Midnight Moon, the 'shine that's earned Junior's approval! Samples from Raleigh's Clouds Brewing will also be available, and the Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening.

History à la Carte: Bitters and Shrubs, a History with Crude Bitters

Wednesday, Aug. 10, noon-1 p.m.

Bring your lunch, or RSVP at to register and purchase a boxed lunch by Monday, July 11, at noon. Beverages provided. For information, call 919-807-7969.

Craig Rudewicz, Owner, Crude Bitters and Sodas

Rudewicz will trace the history of bitters from a crude medicinal origin to a critical cocktail ingredient. He will also talk about "shrubs," a colonial soda made from fruit preserved in sugar and vinegar. Some samples will be on hand to sip and smell.

Conservation Assistance Day

Friday, Aug. 12, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Appointment required. Call 919-807-7823.

Make an appointment and bring up to three objects for assessment and advice on care from a Museum of History conservator. The museum does not provide estimates on value.

Artist at Work: Elizabeth Constant Lewis

Saturday, Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

See Lewis demonstrate her beading skill. She was taught to bead by her grandmother, Elizabeth Otey "Lizzie" Constant, one of the sisters featured in the lobby exhibit Made Especially for You by Willie Kay.

*Make It, Take It: Bead It

Saturday, Aug. 13, 1-3 p.m. (drop-in program)

Watch fabric beader Elizabeth Constant Lewis at work, and make a bead pin to take home.

Saturdays in the Garden

Saturday, Aug. 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Join the museum's garden staff for an informal tour of the History of the Harvest exhibit along Bicentennial Plaza. Tours begin at the information desk in the lobby.

Supported with funds from Syngenta.

For details about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.

* marks programs of interest to children or families


  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • 5 East Edenton Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601


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