Museum digs up variety of programs this fall

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Barbara Putham


By Barbara Putnam

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Beat the heat, and come on over to Museum of the Albemarle to enjoy our air conditioning, and get your history on!

There are plenty of programs to take part in over the next few months, and they’re all FREE! Here are just a few of the programs the museum has coming up:

Sept. 5: History for Lunch

Bring your lunch (the museum provides tea and water), and join us for History for Lunch: Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses on Sept. 5. Coauthors, Larry Saint and Karla Smith, will be here for a lecture and book signing. They will discuss their pictorial history about screwpile lighthouses in southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina, and southern Maryland. Their book combines archival plans and photographs, original art together with stories pulled from light keepers’ logs and journals, and contemporary interviews with people still connected to the lighthouses.

If you have ever thought about volunteering for the museum, join us directly after History for Lunch on Sept. 5, at our Volunteer Roundup. It’ll be a fun-filled western-themed afternoon of entertainment and discussion about the joys of volunteering here at the museum.

Sept. 13: Tot Time

Grandparents, parents – have a young toddler that you’d like to introduce to history at this early age? Bring them to the museum on Sept. 13! You and your toddler (ages 3-5) can discover how long hurricanes have been a part of North Carolina history. We’ll read a book and participate in a hands-on activity during Tot Time: Hurricanes!

Sept. 22: Kids Discover

We’re excited to announce that our Children’s Discovery Room is getting a make-over. Please be our guest and enjoy a light pastry reception beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22 as we unveil our newly redesigned discovery room – Discover: Sailing the High Seas! Let your children immerse themselves in the room’s new maritime and pirate themed activities. Ideas from NEAAAT students were incorporated into the design of the room!

Sept. 29: Walk for Hunger

We’re partnering with the Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Walk for Hunger on Sept. 29. Meet us at the museum beginning at 9 a.m. You can spend time with your family and friends on a 4.1 mile walk through the historic Riverside area while supporting hunger relief efforts that assist the men, woman, and children facing food insecurity in northeast North Carolina. They’ll be lots of fun, free activities including face painting, outdoor games, and music by DJ Taz!

Oct. 3: History for Lunch

With October’s arrival, comes a new History for Lunch: Discoveries from Excavations in Jordan on Oct. 3. Bring your lunch and listen to Robert W. Smith, PhD, Professor of Bible and History at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, as he reveals his findings from his 2018 excavations in the Byzantine/Umayyad pilgrimage complex at Quwaylibah, Jordan.

Oct. 11: Tot Time

At October’s Tot Time on Oct. 11, children, ages 3-5, can learn facts about apples that relate to North Carolina. A fun book will be read and your young ones can participate in a hands-on activity!

Oct. 24: History for Lunch

We’re offering a second History for Lunch in October as author, Lee A. Craig of North Carolina State University holds a lecture and book signing on Oct. 24. Mr. Lee will give an interesting talk on the life of Josephus Daniels, a key member of Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet, one of the most influential progressive politicians in the country, and secretary of the US Navy during World War I.

Oct. 31: Day at the BOO-seum

We’ll wrap up October with some Halloween fun! Join us on Oct. 31 for a Day at the BOO-seum! Bring your trickin’ and treatin’ youngsters to the museum from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a Halloween movie, creative activities, tasty treats, and historical ghostly experiences. Then look for us later as we join the Elizabeth City Police Department’s Trunk-or-Treat event on Main Street beginning at 6 p.m.!

We look forward to your visit! For more information on these events visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/MuseumoftheAlbemarle/Events/

Barbara Putnam is the Operations Manager at Museum of the Albemarle