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Historic Resources and Museum Program

Last updated Mar. 02, 2018 - 11:35 am

The HRM Program oversees operations and programs at the Borden Building and Stone Circle at Fletcher Park, the City of Raleigh Museum, the Fred Fletcher Amphitheater at Fletcher Park, John Chavis Memorial Park Historic Attractions, the Latta House and University Site, Mordecai Historic Park, the Pope House Museum, Pullen Park Historic Attractions, and the Raleigh Trolleys.

Upcoming Events

HRM Program Events and Programs March - June 2018. Events are separated into 3 categories: Historic Attractions, Museums, and Historic Sites.

Historic Attractions

St. Patrick’s Day Gold Hunt
Friday, March 16 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(Ages 3 to 5)

Join Sullivan O’Toole and his clan of leprechauns as they search for the rainbow and the boundless gold at the end! Will luck be on their side? Bring your luckiest charm and help join the search. Costumes are encouraged. This activity is for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents. RecLink Registration is required by March 15 using Registration Barcode #216703


Pirates vs. Leprechauns
Friday, March 16
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
(Ages 6 to 11)

The famous O’Toole clan led by Sullivan the Leprechaun has come across a bounty of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s up to you to decide if you want to become a member of his clan and help them protect the gold or join up with the rowdy band of pirates and try to steal their gold. Participants will choose a side, Pirates or Leprechauns, and compete in a series of tasks to see who can gather the most gold! This activity is for kids ages 6 to 11 and their parents. This is a free event and RecLink Registration is required by March 15 using Registration Barcode #216729


Pullen Park Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24
11 a.m.
(Ages 0 to 11)

Come to Pullen Park on Saturday, March 24 for a fun-filled Easter Egg Scramble! This is a free activity, and preregistration is not required.


Teen Egg-Treme Hunt
Thursday, March 29
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(Ages 12 to 16)

Do you not like your egg hunts over(ly) easy? This is a hunt to the EGGtreme! Bring a friend and a flashlight to find out if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. If you don’t win, there’s no crying over a broken yolk. RecLink registration is required by March 26 using Registration Barcode #216742

Dinner and a Movie
Friday, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join us at Pullen Park for great family activities and a movie! Pullen Place Cafe will offer a delicious dinner menu and freshly popped popcorn for purchase prior to the feature presentation! Movies start at dark and will be preceded by exciting activities such as trivia, dance parties and more! Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Look for hints to the movie titles on Twitter (@RaleighParks) and on the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Facebook page. Admission: Free

Letterland
Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pullen Park is transformed into the imaginary place Letterland, home to all the letters of the alphabet. The day includes opportunities to meet characters such as Firefighter Fred and his fire engine, Clever Cat during a ride on the carousel, and Bouncy Ben with his boats. Pullen’s train will turn into Talking Tess’ train, and Impy Ink will be face painting at Golden Girl’s gazebo. There will be other games and activities, photo opportunities, local school groups singing Letterland songs, and more. Free parking will be available in the Coliseum Deck on the campus of North Carolina State University . Admission: Event is free–Rides are priced as normal.

Summer Concert Series
Sunday, June 3 and 10 at Fred Fletcher Park - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 and 26 and Wednesday, June 27 at Pullen Park - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pullen Park and Fred Fletcher Park will be hosting some of the area’s local talent this Summer for your enjoyment. Come on by for familiar classics as well as original music performed by these talented artists. Pullen Place Café will have food available for purchase while food trucks will be present at the Fletcher Park shows. This series will also continue into July. Be on the lookout on Twitter (@RaleighParks) and the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Facebook page for details on the specific acts as they are confirmed. Admission: Free

Museums

Raleigh Walking Tour
Every Saturday 2 p.m.

The City of Raleigh Museum offers weekly downtown walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will begin at the museum, travel around downtown viewing historic landmarks and sites, and end back at the museum. The tours will last approximately one hour. Admission: Adults $10; Youth 7 to 17 $4; Children 6 and under free

March Madness Trivia Night
March 4
City of Raleigh Museum

Do you think you know all there is to know about college basketball in Raleigh? Get ready for March Madness by showing off your trivia knowledge! Questions will range from local Raleigh to broader basketball trivia. Entry Fee $5. Advance registration is encouraged.

DIY Cartography
Friday, April 6
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting the second annual North Carolina State University School of Architecture show during First Friday on April 6. The DIY Cartography exhibit will feature an innovative approach to presenting history through maps, graphs, & other non-traditional methods.

Civil War Walking Tour
Saturday, April 14
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army all made Raleigh a city balancing on the edge of destruction and salvation in the final days of America's bloody Civil War. Join City of Raleigh Museum Director Ernest Dollar as he uses letters, diaries, and photographs to reveal life in Raleigh during the rapidly changing world of 1865. This tour will be on April 14 at 11 a.m., the 153rd anniversary of the federal occupation of Raleigh. Call the City of Raleigh Museum at 919-996-2220 for more information.

Time Warp 2018
Saturday, April 21
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
City of Raleigh Museum

We’re time-tripping again this year, back to the 1970s. We’ll be dancing to some great rock-and-roll, eating some excellent food from local vendors, and drinking some great craft beer, wine, and cocktails. There will be a costume and dance contest and, of course, there will be a silent and live auction of incredible stuff you are going to want to bid on.

Protect & Serve: Celebrating the History & Service of the Raleigh Police Department
Friday, May 4
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
City of Raleigh Museum

Celebrating more than 200 years of service in Raleigh, this National Police Week exhibit will highlight the history and individuals of the Raleigh Police Department as well the development or the equipment and technology they use while serving the community.

The Fabric of Raleigh: Christer Berg Photography
Friday, June 1
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
City of Raleigh Museum

The award-winning local photographer Christer Berg will be featuring his work at the City of Raleigh Museum with an exhibit opening on June 1. Mr. Berg strives to capture and create not only portraits, but the meaningful stories behind the faces and scenes in his photographs.


A Night at the City of Raleigh Museum
Saturday, June 2, 9, and 16
3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

The City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting Seed Art Share for their annual Night at the Museum shows. This year’s show, devised by high school students and our company playwrights, will explore some of the most intriguing artifacts displayed through the years. The 90-minute experience includes a scavenger hunt in the museum, craft, and interactive performance! Shows are suitable for ages 6 and up. Admission: $10 for all ages.

Historic Sites

Escape to Freedom
Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8
6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Mordecai Historic Park

In partnership with MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, Mordecai Historic Park presents a theatrical experience: Escape to Freedom. This one hour guided tour and performance will lead guests through Mordecai Historic Park to experience plantation life through the eyes of an enslaved person. What decisions would you make if you were in their place? Participants should be comfortable walking and standing for up to an hour. Admission: $15 and can be purchased by calling 919-996-4364.

Mordecai Historic Park’s Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, April 28 8 a.m.

Get your summer garden started at Mordecai Historic Park's Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, including: tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuce, eggplant, cucumber, beans, basil, chives, comphrey, oregano, dill, fennel, and parsley. For a full list of plants and specific varieties, please call Mordecai Historic Park at 919-996-4364. The sale starts at 8 a.m. and will continue until all the plants are sold!

Capital City Camera Club Exhibit Opening
Sunday, April 29
Borden Building at Fletcher Park

Exhibit opening April 29. The exhibit will run for three months.

All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Great Match Race of 1823
Thursday, May 3 7 p.m.
Mordecai Historic Park

Joel Lane presents a lecture by Jim Beckwith. In a remarkable forty years, from the close of the American Revolution to an omen of the Civil War, three generations of race horses made a great impact on America. Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, Jim Beckwith tells the story. For more information contact Joel Lane by phone: 919-833-3431; email: joellane@bellsouth.net.

Admission: For the public: $16; Members of the Joel Lane Historical Society and students with identification: $11. Advanced purchase is required.

Call for Moore Square Artifacts and Meet the Director
Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tucker House

Do you have a piece of Moore Square history? The HRM Program will be collecting object information and stories about Moore Square in preparation for an upcoming exhibit. There will be two ways to participate, the first is a show and tell with the HRM Program staff on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tucker House, located on 418 North Person Street.

Due to the expected volume of interest, the staff will not be accepting donations on this day. While you are there, the public will be able to meet the new Director of Moore Square, Jenna Kostka, and see how the project will take shape once complete in 2019. The other way to participate is by contacting the Curator of Collections, Ainsley Powell, directly at ainsley.powell@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-4365.

Historic Attractions

St. Patrick’s Day Gold Hunt

Friday, March 16 10am-12pm

(Ages 3-5)

Join Sullivan O’Toole and his clan of leprechauns as they search for the rainbow and the boundless gold at the end! Will luck be on their side? Bring your luckiest charm and help join the search. Costumes are encouraged. This activity is for children ages 3-5 and their parents. RecLink Registration is required by March 15 using Registration Barcode #216703

Pirates vs. Leprechauns

Friday, March 16 4pm-6pm

(Ages 6-11)

The famous O’Toole clan led by Sullivan the Leprechaun has come across a bounty of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s up to you to decide if you want to become a member of his clan and help them protect the gold or join up with the rowdy band of pirates and try to steal their gold. Participants will choose a side, Pirates or Leprechauns, and compete in a series of tasks to see who can gather the most gold! This activity is for kids ages 6-11 and their parents. This is a free event and RecLink Registration is required by March 15 using Registration Barcode #216729

Pullen Park Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24

11am sharp

(Ages 0-11)

Come to Pullen Park on Saturday, March 24 for a fun-filled Easter Egg Scramble! This is a free activity, and preregistration is not required.

Teen Egg-Treme Hunt

Saturday, March 29

6:30pm-9pm

(Ages 12-16)

Do you not like your egg hunts over(ly) easy? This is a hunt to the EGGtreme! Bring a friend and a flashlight to find out if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. If you don’t win, there’s no crying over a broken yolk. RecLink registration is required by March 26 using Registration Barcode #216742

Dinner and a Movie

Friday, April 6, 13, 20, & 27

7pm-10pm

Join us at Pullen Park for great family activities and a movie! Pullen Place Cafe will offer a delicious dinner menu and freshly popped popcorn for purchase prior to the feature presentation! Movies start at dark and will be preceded by exciting activities such as trivia, dance parties and more! Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Look for hints to the movie titles on Twitter (@RaleighParks) and on the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Facebook page.

Admission: Free

Letterland

Saturday, April 28

10am-4pm

Pullen Park is transformed into the imaginary place Letterland, home to all the letters of the alphabet. The day includes opportunities to meet characters such as Firefighter Fred and his fire engine, Clever Cat during a ride on the carousel, and Bouncy Ben with his boats. Pullen’s train will turn into Talking Tess’ train, and Impy Ink will be face painting at Golden Girl’s gazebo. There will be other games and activities, photo opportunities, local school groups singing Letterland songs, and more. Free parking will be available in the Coliseum Deck on the campus of NCSU.

Admission: Event is free–Rides are a nominal fee

Summer Concert Series

Sunday, June 3 & 10 @ Fred Fletcher Park - 6pm-8pm

Tuesday, June 19 & 26 and Wednesday, June 27 @ Pullen Park - 7pm-9pm

Pullen Park and Fred Fletcher Park will be hosting some of the area’s local talent this Summer for your enjoyment. Come on by for familiar classics as well as original music performed by these talented artists. Pullen Place Café will have food available for purchase while food trucks will be present at the Fletcher Park shows. This series will also continue into July. Be on the lookout on Twitter (@RaleighParks) and the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Facebook page for details on the specific acts as they are confirmed.

Admission: Free

Museums

Raleigh Walking Tour

Every Saturday

2pm

The City of Raleigh Museum offers weekly downtown walking tours every Saturday at 2pm. Tours will begin at the museum, travel around downtown viewing historic landmarks and sites, and end back at the museum. The tours will last approximately one hour.

Admission: Adults $10; Youth 7-17 $4; Children 6 & Under Free

March Madness Trivia Night

March 4, 2018

Do you think you know all there is to know about college basketball in Raleigh? Get ready for March Madness by showing off your trivia knowledge! Questions will range from local Raleigh to broader basketball trivia. Entry Fee $5. Advance registration is encouraged.

DIY Cartography

Friday, April 6

6pm-9pm

The City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting the second annual NC State School of Architecture show during First Friday on April 6, 2018. The DIY Cartography exhibit will feature an innovative approach to presenting history through maps, graphs, & other non-traditional methods.

Civil War Walking Tour

Saturday, April 14

11am-12pm

Retreating Confederate soldiers, freed slaves, and an invading Union army all made Raleigh a city balancing on the edge of destruction and salvation in the final days of America's bloody Civil War. Join City of Raleigh Museum Director Ernest Dollar as he uses letters, diaries, and photographs to reveal life in Raleigh during the rapidly changing world of 1865. This tour will be on April 14, 2018 at 11 am, the 153nd anniversary of the Federal occupation of the City. Call the City of Raleigh Museum at (919) 996-2220 for more information.

Time Warp 2018

Saturday, April 21

7pm-10pm

City of Raleigh Museum

We’re time-tripping again this year, back to the 1970’s. We’ll be dancing to some great rock-and-roll, eating some excellent food from local vendors, and drinking some great craft beer, wine, and cocktails. There will be a costume and dance contest and, of course, there will be a silent and live auction of incredible stuff you are going to want to bid on.

Protect & Serve: Celebrating the History & Service of the Raleigh Police Department

Friday, May 4

6pm-9pm

City of Raleigh Museum

Celebrating over 200 years of service in Raleigh, this National Police Week exhibit will highlight the history and individuals of the Raleigh Police Department as well the development or the equipment and technology they use while serving the community.

The Fabric of Raleigh: Christer Berg Photography

Friday, June 1

6pm-9pm

City of Raleigh Museum

The award-winning local photographer Christer Berg will be featuring his work at the City of Raleigh Museum with an exhibit opening on June 1, 2018. Berg strives to capture and create not only portraits, but the meaningful stories behind the faces and scenes in his photographs.


A Night at the City of Raleigh Museum

Saturday, June 2, 9, & 16

3:30pm, 5:30pm, & 7:30pm

The City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting Seed Art Share for their annual Night at the Museum shows. This year’s show, devised by high school students and our company playwrights, will explore some of the most intriguing artifacts displayed through the years. The 90-minute experience includes a scavenger hunt in the museum, craft, and interactive performance! Shows are suitable for ages 6 and up.

Admission: $10 for all ages.

Historic Sites

Escape to Freedom

Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8

6:30pm, 7pm, & 9pm

Mordecai Historic Park

In partnership with MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, Mordecai Historic Park presents a theatrical experience: Escape to Freedom. This one hour guided tour and performance will lead guests through Mordecai Historic Park to experience plantation life through the eyes of an enslaved person. What decisions would you make if you were in their place?

Participants should be comfortable walking and standing for up to an hour.

Admission: $15 and can be purchased by calling 919-996-4364.

Mordecai Historic Park’s Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, April 28

8am

Get your summer garden started at Mordecai Historic Park's Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28 from 8am-2pm! Heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, including: tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuce, eggplant, cucumber, beans, basil, chives, comphrey, oregano, dill, fennel, and parsley. For a full list of plants and specific varieties, please call Mordecai Historic Park at 919-996-4364. The sale starts at 8am and will continue until all the plants are sold!

Capital City Camera Club Exhibit Opening

Sunday, April 29

Borden Building at Fletcher Park

Exhibit opening April 29, 2018. The exhibit will run for three months.

All in the Family: Diomed, Sir Archie, and Henry, from the 1780 Epsom Derby to the Great Match Race of 1823

Thursday, May 3

7pm

Mordecai Historic Park

Joel Lane presents a lecture by Jim Beckwith. In a remarkable forty years, from the close of the American Revolution to an omen of the Civil War, three generations of race horses made a great impact on America. Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, Jim Beckwith tells the story.

For more information contact Joel Lane phone: (919) 833-3431; email: joellane@bellsouth.net

Admission: For the public: $16; Members of the Joel Lane Historical Society and students with identification: $11. Advanced purchase is required.

Call for Moore Square Artifacts and Meet the Director

Saturday, May 5

10am-1pm

Tucker House

Do you have a piece of Moore Square history? The HRM Program will be collecting object information and stories about Moore Square in preparation for an upcoming exhibit. There will be two ways to participate, the first is a show and tell with the HRM Program staff on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10am – 1pm at Tucker House, located on 418 North Person Street. Due to the expected volume of interest, the staff will not be accepting donations on this day. While you are there, the public will be able to meet the new Director of Moore Square, Jenna Kostka, and see how the project will take shape once complete in 2019. The other way to participate is by contacting the Curator of Collections, Ainsley Powell, directly at ainsley.powell@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-4365.

Borden Building

The Borden Building

Fred Fletcher park is home to the historic Borden Building. The Borden Building is one of two remaining buildings on the former campus of the Methodist Home for Children. Built in 1900, the building is available for special event rentals.

Find out more about the Borden Building

City of Raleigh Museum

Sir Walter Raleigh Statue

Housed in a historic former hardware store, the museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of North Carolina's capital city while envisioning its future. The museum curates temporary and permanent exhibits about the city's people, places, and resources, maintains a collection of approximately 5,000 artifacts, and offers educational programming and tours. Visit Friends of CORmuseum for information on supporting the museum.

Find out more about the City of Raleigh Museum

Fred Fletcher Amphitheater

The Amphitheater at Fred Fletcher Park

Fred Fletcher Amphitheater is located in Fred Fletcher Park, close to the historic Borden Building. The Amphitheater can accommodate up to 300 people and is available for special event rentals.

Find out more about Fred Fletcher Amphitheater

Historic Raleigh Trolley

Historic Raleigh Trolley

Historic Raleigh Trolley Tours depart from Mordecai Historic Park every Saturday March through December. The trolley can also be rented for special events and charter tours.

Find out more about the Raleigh Trolley

Latta House and University Site

Archeology in progress at the Latta House site

The Latta House and University Site is located in the historic Oberlin neighborhood, this two acre site was home to the Reverend M.L. Latta House and Latta University founded in 1892. Unfortunately, the Latta House was destroyed by fire in 2007.

Find out more about the Latta House and University Site

Mordecai Historic Park

Mordecai Historic Park

Mordecai Historic Park is home to some of Raleigh's greatest historic treasures including the Mordecai House ca. 1785 and the Birthplace of Andrew Johnson. Mordecai Historic Park offers tours, events, field trips, trolley tours, and much more.

Find out more about Mordecai Historic Park

Pullen Park Amusements

Train

Pullen Park is home to some of Raleigh's great family-friendly entertainment! Richard Stanhope Pullen donated the land that is now Pullen Park in 1887 and now it houses the C.P. Huntington miniature train, a historic Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, pedal boats, and kiddie boats. 

Ride tickets can be purchased for amusements at the park. Various special events and programs are held throughout the year.

Find out more about Pullen Amusements

Chavis Carousel

Carousel

John Chavis Memorial Park, formed in 1937, is home to the historic Allan Herschell Carousel.

Ride tickets can be purchased for at the park. Various special events and programs are held throughout the year.

Find out more about the Chavis Carousel

Tucker House

Tucker House

The Tucker House, located in historic Oakwood, is a beautiful early twentieth-century home available for meetings, weddings, receptions, and parties.

Find out more about the Tucker House

Pope House Museum

Pope House Museum

Built in 1901, the Pope House Museum is the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina. The house museum features original furnishings and artifacts giving insight into a remarkable man and family. The museum is open for free tours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last tour starts at 2 p.m.

Find out more about the Pope House Museum

Join us as a Volunteer!

Volunteers are always needed at our historic sites and museums. The opportunities are open to everyone and volunteers are an essential part of our success!

Find out more about Volunteering for the Historic Resources and Museum Program

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