Museum of Durham History December 2015

What better way to usher in the season than with a little singing? Third Friday festivities in Durham don’t stop just because the weather turns
chilly. It is the perfect time for one of the
most cherished holiday traditions: caroling!  

The Museum of Durham History welcomes anyone who
enjoys huddling up with their family, friends, neighbors, and strangers
to sing the songs of the season beneath their holiday-decked gazebo on
this very special Third Friday, Dec. 18, 6-8PM.

No prior choir experience is necessary (though a hat and mittens
might come in handy). They will provide lyric sheets for about 20 various
carols, so feel free bring some suggestions. If you are shy about your
singing voice, have no fear. The talented brother and sister violin duo Elena and Oskar Schulmeister-Antona will accompany carolers with their repertoire of holiday songs.  All
are welcome to join in and sing the songs of the season.


Enjoy FREE hot cider and homemade cookies every day of December during the holiday season including after the caroling. Some cookies use vintage recipes; all are baked with love by volunteers.

Cookie in hand, you can wander the current exhibits including Durham A-Z: H is for Hayti and Durham Beginnings | 1865-1885. It will also be the last chance to see Historic Russell School exhibit.

Durham A-Z: H is for Hayti
Dates: October 16, 2015-Spring 2016

The exhibit Durham A-Z: H is for Hayti focuses on the
history of the Hayti neighborhood, including its vibrant businesses,
schools, cultural activities, social institutions, and churches. The
exhibit also discusses the loss of many of Hayti’s businesses and homes
in the late 1950s to urban renewal and the Durham freeway, as well as
how current residents preserve and carry forward Hayti’s legacy.

Durham Beginnings 1865-1885
Dates: March 18, 2015-March 1, 2016

An exhibit featuring five dramatic but little-known personal stories evoking the spirit of Durham’s formative years.

Our Bull City: Historic Russell School, Durham’s Last Rosenwald Schoolhouse
Dates: June 8-December 31

The exhibit tells the story of the
Rosenwald schools, with particular focus on Historic Russell School.
Rosenwald Schools were created by Julius Rosenwald, Booker T.
Washington, and local communities to provide education for
African-Americans in the rural South during the Jim Crow Era.

Explore Durham Through Time
Dates: Ongoing

Visitors can use a touchscreen to explore key moments in Durham’s
past. A post-it note wall allows viewers to tell us what moments from
Durham’s past are most important to them. They may see their feedback
incorporated later with a photo and caption.

Look Beyond the Windows
Dates: Ongoing

Take in the Hub’s almost-360-degree view of downtown and consider the
changes over time. To begin, we’ll focus on the Hill Building, Arts
Council (formerly City Hall and Central High School), Liggett and Myers
buildings, and NC Mutual tower.

Story Room


Visitors can step into the Story Room to record a personal memory
about Durham’s past. They can also explore memories others have shared
or browse through old, local yearbooks. Stories recorded in the Story
Room will be archived by the Durham County Library.

The Story Room is a recording booth at the Durham History Hub where
Durhamites can record their own memories and experiences of Durham.
Stories recorded in the Story Room are archived by the Museum and by the
Durham County Library.

Anyone with a Durham story to share can visit the Story Room! Your
Durham story can be long or short (their shortest story to date is 2 min
and the longest is 98 min.) You can share a Durham story that is very
recent or very old. Both are valuable to the community.


The Museum of Durham History encourages family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones
to interview one another. We have seen that both the interviewer and the
interviewee find the experience to be deeply rewarding. 

Stories recorded in the Story Room are saved by the Museum of Durham
History and archived at the Durham County Library. Together, we are
building a collection of stories that will help us gain a more personal
understanding of the past.

Speaking of stories, we (Monica and Daniel) invite you to our local Durham bed and breakfast called Morehead Manor.  Black Enterprise magazine named us the #1 black-owned bed and breakfast in America.

We welcome everyone to experience a luxurious stay and a gourmet breakfast each morning.  Our guests, and all those who visit Durham, will make meaningful memories and have wonderful stories to share with loved ones.

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