Museum of the Albemarle has a host of events and exhibits scheduled for the upcoming months.
The museum will host two History for Lunch programs this month, in addition to hosting Project Zebra Day this Saturday. The following Saturday, Jan. 18, the museum will unveil its exhibit titled, “Temperance and Bootlegging: A Nation Under Prohibition.”
Local attorney Thomas Nash will host Wednesday’s History for Lunch program, “Nixonton: Mother of the Old North State.” Nash, who is a resident of Nixonton, will talk about the history of the Pasquotank County township.
On Jan. 22, the History for Lunch topic will be, “The Music of the Vietnam War: Soundtrack for a Generation.” Elizabeth City State University music professor Douglas Jackson will discuss music of the era, which will support the museum’s current exhibit, “A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans.
“He will be talking about music of the 1960s and how it supported the morale of some of the soldiers and some of the music was probably in protest of the war also,” said MOA Director Don Pendergraft.
The museum will host several events in February in honor of Black History Month. The February History for Lunch on Feb. 5 is “Harlem Renaissance Centennial.” Marvin Jones will discuss the Harlem Renaissance, as well as give personal insights about his friend and artist Lois Mailou Jones.
The Harlem Renaissance Centennial: Evening of Entertainment celebration will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the highlight being the premiere of the short film, “Underground Railroad in Northeast North Carolina” at 6:30 p.m. There also will be 1920s-style music, dance, art and poetry.
“The Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture will do some readings and have some performances,” Pendergraft said.
The museum’s popular “The Story of Chocolate” event will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eight 30-minute presentations will inform on the historical role that chocolate played in the 18th century. Visitors will be able to taste a chocolate drink that was popular during that time.
“We will give people samples of chocolate, dark chocolate the stuff doctor’s say is good for you,” Pendergraft said.
February will also feature events honoring Dr. Seuss. “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss-Celebration Week” will be Feb. 24-28 from 9 a.m. to noon all five days. People are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character and participate in hands-on activities.
There will also be a Dr. Seuss Paint n’ Party on Saturday, Feb. 28. From 10 a.m. to noon, children can attend a reading of “The Cat in the Hat” book and paint on a canvas while enjoying cupcakes and drinks.
An exhibit celebrating electricity called “The Day the Lights Came On” open April 18 and will feature how electricity changed the Albemarle region.
“It will be about the Rural Electrification Act, and we will show early electrical equipment and show early advertisements for when people didn’t have it,” Pendergraft said. “Elizabeth City had electricity by 1890 because they needed a lot of ice to ship fish and wild fowl up north. They had a big dock here and the train would come there and the ice plant was right there next to the train station. It also started the Mechanization Age, where people where using washing machines, fans and had light to read at night. It will be a good exhibit.”
The March 4 History for Lunch program will be “Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize: The 300-year Voyage of Queen Anne’s Revenge. The April 1 History for Lunch program will be “Songs and Stars of the Speakeasies” and will highlight songs of the Prohibition era. All History for Lunch programs are free and open to the public and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks are provided.