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319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States
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February 2017

Burwell School Historic Site Reopens

February 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

The Burwell School Historic Site reopens for tours after Winter break. Free guided tours Wednesday - Friday at 1pm and on demand Saturday and Sunday

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The Life and Legacy of Elizabeth Keckly

February 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly's life began in slavery.  Her journey included difficult and harsh years in Hillsborough as a servant of the Burwell family -- but the story goes farther, to freedom, business and professional success, and a role in the Lincoln White House.  Hear about her life and legacy from two knowledgeable speakers: Stephen Peck, local historian, and Dr. Sylvia Hoffert, professor of history and women's studies, both of whom have studied Keckly's life in depth.

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March 2017

Pollinator Gardens with Garden Designer Casey Collins

March 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Join garden designer Casey Collins to learn how you can create a beautiful pollinator garden! Garden designer Casey Collins will explain how to interplant a few pollinator favorites into your existing garden, or create an entire pollinator garden. She’ll discuss native versus non-native plants, why flower color and shape are important to those busy pollinators, and why organic soil -- and no pesticides -- are key.

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Occaneechee Town: A Heritage Discovered

March 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

It's an extraordinary history that was nearly lost to its descendants, who have worked diligently to restore not only the history and traditions but to embrace the essential meaning it has in their personal lives. Join cousins John "Blackfeather" Jeffries and Beverly Payne, both Hillsborough natives, both members of the Occaneechee Band of the Saponi Nation.

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April 2017

Poets at Burwell

April 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

April is Poetry Month! Crystal Smith, poet, author of Routes Home, Running Music, and Wild Flowers, will be reading with her friend Haven Kimmel, who started her career as a poet and became a New York Times best-selling memoirist and fiction writer (A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana).  Other poets may materialize!

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14th Annual Burwell School Fundraising Auction: All That Jazz!

April 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

This gala event brings a happy crowd to the great lawn of the Burwell School, one of Hillsborough's most historic places.  Come for great food, music, and a wide array of great donated items to bid on, from vacation retreats to antique truck grills -- it's all great fun! This event is the site's major fundraiser for the year and brings in support to preserve the buildings and bring their story to the public. The Burwell School raises all funding…

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June 2017

Afternoon Tea and Stories at Burwell School

June 11, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Join us for a good old-fashioned teatime and some interesting Hillsborough history.   Did you know that the Burwell School was not the only girls school in Hillsborough before the Civil War? Dr. Sylvia Hoffert, distinguished professor of women's history, will talk about her research into the life of Maria Spear, teacher of the Hillsborough Female  Seminary.  There are some interesting stories!   Purchase tickets here!  

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September 2017

Tea and History

September 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Please join us for an old-fashioned teatime -- and some Hillsborough history. Anna Burwell sought to solve the problem of rearing her large family on her husband's meager minister's salary by opening a girls' school in her home. How did she operate the Burwell School as a business for 20 years, seeing more than 200 girls come through her home to acquire a "classic English education? Dr. Sylvia Hoffert will tell you all about it, (after a cup of tea…

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The real story of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

September 29, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

The real story of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" with Carrie Currie This beloved children's rhyme has a fascinating history. Friday, Sept 29 (Last Friday) 6:30 and 7:30 20 children per session Crafts too! Reserve your spot HERE

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October 2017

Readers’ Theater: Story of the Life of Baha’u’llah

October 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Music by Mahshid Kargar, Persian Santour Narrator Simona Dunn; readers Cynthia Stauffer and Mary K. Makoski.   Refreshments will be served.

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Creepy Stories and Ghostly Tunes

October 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Bring a chair or blanket and settle down on the Burwell lawn for an evening of stories and songs from the porch, featuring writers James Maxey, John Bemis, and Samantha Bryant, with musician Gray Rhinehart.

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November 2017

Hollis Robbins — African American Women Writers of the 19th Century

November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Dr. Hollis Robbins is currently a Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, is a member of the humanities faculty of Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she served for three years as the Director of the Africana Studies Programl.  She is co-editor, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of a landmark new anthology from Penguin Classics:  The Portable 19th-Century African American Women Writers.  Join Dr. Robbins for a fascinating look at these writers who took pen to paper…

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December 2017

Holiday Musical Tea at the Burwell School- SOLD OUT

December 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

The halls will be decked and our finest china will be set out for you for our holiday musical tea.  We'll have sweet and savory nibbles and hot delicious tea perfect for the season.  Listen to Celtic and holiday music by harpist Patrice Walker, who will also speak briefly on the harp in history and about her own beloved harp collection.  

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March 2018

Bringing Elizabeth Keckly into Focus

March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Elizabeth Keckly said it in the opening to her memoir: "My life has been an eventful one."   Born a slave, she triumphed through talent and determination to become a successful dressmaker and a witness to history as Mary Lincoln's confidante in the Civil War White House. This in-depth program is the second in a series offered by the Burwell School Historic Site in observance of the bicentennial of Keckly's birth.  She was, for seven hard years, an enslaved servant in…

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$20.00

A Spring Tea in Hillsborough

March 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Enjoy a lovely spring tea at the beautiful Burwell School Historic Site, prepared and served by the members of the Hillsborough Garden Club. Delicious fresh teas and an assortment of homemade savory and sweet bites await you in a charming 19th century setting.  Two seatings are offered, at 1 pm and 3 pm, so please be sure to purchase tickets for the one you prefer.  Tickets through Eventbrite.com.  

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May 2018

Burwell School Fundraising Auction

May 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Annual fundraiser in support of the Burwell School Historic Site, ca. 1821.

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June 2018

Elizabeth Keckly: the Modiste and 19th Century Fashion

June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Elizabeth Keckly was once a slave in a Hillsborough household but pulled herself out of slavery and into a life of success and self-sufficiency as a talented dressmaker to women of prominence, including First Lady Mary Lincoln.  Learn about her and the life of the "modiste" in the 1800's from Elizabeth Way, Assistant Curator at The Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Ms. Way has conducted research into the intersection of fashion, dressmaking, and African American seamstresses of…

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August 2018

Quilt Show at the Burwell School

August 16, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

The African American Quilt Circle of Durham ---------- Honoring Elizabeth Keckly and the tradition of quiltmaking ---------- The African American Quilt Circle of Durham is a joyful and dedicated group whose members demonstrate their individuality through the tradition of quilt making. Each quilt is a story, a work of art, and an expression of love.   These vivid quilts delight visitors wherever they are displayed. The quilts will be on display at the Burwell School from September 16 through September…

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History Tea

August 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Join The Burwell School Historic Site for a delicious afternoon tea in a beautiful historic setting followed by NC Revolutionary War history from writer Suzanne Adair, author of the Michael Stoddard mysteries. Enjoy your choice of a premium black or herbal tea, or iced tea if you prefer, plus homemade sweets and savories.  All proceeds support the preservation of the Burwell School Historic Site.  

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September 2018

Elizabeth Keckly Bicentennial Year: Quilts – Art & Artistry of the African American Quilting Circle of Durham

September 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Opening reception for this exhibit In honor of Elizabeth Keckly's magnificent quilt at Kent State University, Ohio.  

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October 2018

$20

“Behind the Scenes” theatre at Burwell School Historic Site

October 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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two performances on 10/13, 10/20. 10/21
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

A unique and compelling theater experience at the Burwell School Historic Site.  What if Elizabeth Keckly -- former slave and now a free and independent dressmaker, activist and author, had returned to Hillsborough to visit her former mistress, Anna Burwell?   In this play by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone, this imagined visit and conversation take in various locations inside and outside of the house, with the audience following the action -- and the women's younger selves appear, too. Performances…

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$20

“Behind the Scenes” theatre at Burwell School Historic Site

October 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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two performances on 10/13, 10/20. 10/21
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

A unique and compelling theater experience at the Burwell School Historic Site.  What if Elizabeth Keckly -- former slave and now a free and independent dressmaker, activist and author, had returned to Hillsborough to visit her former mistress, Anna Burwell?   In this play by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone, this imagined visit and conversation take in various locations inside and outside of the house, with the audience following the action -- and the women's younger selves appear, too. Performances…

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$20

“Behind the Scenes” theatre at Burwell School Historic Site

October 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
two performances on 10/13, 10/20. 10/21
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

A unique and compelling theater experience at the Burwell School Historic Site.  What if Elizabeth Keckly -- former slave and now a free and independent dressmaker, activist and author, had returned to Hillsborough to visit her former mistress, Anna Burwell?   In this play by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone, this imagined visit and conversation take in various locations inside and outside of the house, with the audience following the action -- and the women's younger selves appear, too. Performances…

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$20

“Behind the Scenes” theatre at Burwell School Historic Site

October 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
two performances on 10/13, 10/20. 10/21
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

A unique and compelling theater experience at the Burwell School Historic Site.  What if Elizabeth Keckly -- former slave and now a free and independent dressmaker, activist and author, had returned to Hillsborough to visit her former mistress, Anna Burwell?   In this play by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone, this imagined visit and conversation take in various locations inside and outside of the house, with the audience following the action -- and the women's younger selves appear, too. Performances…

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$20

“Behind the Scenes” theatre at Burwell School Historic Site

October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)
two performances on 10/13, 10/20. 10/21
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

A unique and compelling theater experience at the Burwell School Historic Site.  What if Elizabeth Keckly -- former slave and now a free and independent dressmaker, activist and author, had returned to Hillsborough to visit her former mistress, Anna Burwell?   In this play by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone, this imagined visit and conversation take in various locations inside and outside of the house, with the audience following the action -- and the women's younger selves appear, too. Performances…

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November 2018

Elizabeth Keckly Bicentennial Series: Elizabeth Keckly Symposium

November 10, 2018
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Keynote Address: Dr. Jennifer Fleischner, Keckly biographer & author of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly Also featuring Dr. William Andrews, Dr. Sylvia Hoffert, Dr. Brooks Graebner, and other scholars and writers. Panel Discussions Location/registration to be announced Boxed lunch included in registration fee to be announced.

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Elizabeth Keckly Bicentennial Series: “Pop-Up Museum” for Young Historians

November 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Featuring Dr. Jennifer Fleischner of Adelphi University Admission is free but preregistration advised. Registration opens September 15

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Gingerbread House Exhibit

November 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come see the marvelous gingerbread creations and place your vote for "People's Choice" winners at the Burwell School. Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm until December 21st. Free.

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Gingerbread House Exhibit

November 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come see the marvelous gingerbread creations and place your vote for "People's Choice" winners at the Burwell School. Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm until December 21st. Free.

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Gingerbread House Exhibit

November 30, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come see the marvelous gingerbread creations and place your vote for "People's Choice" winners at the Burwell School. Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm until December 21st. Free.

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December 2018

Gingerbread House Exhibit

December 1, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on November 29, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come see the marvelous gingerbread creations and place your vote for "People's Choice" winners at the Burwell School. Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm until December 21st. Free.

Find out more »

Gingerbread House Exhibit

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on November 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on November 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come see the marvelous gingerbread creations and place your vote for "People's Choice" winners at the Burwell School. Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm until December 21st. Free.

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February 2019

$15

Valentines Tea for Kids (family)

February 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Due to popular demand we are proud to present a family oriented Afternoon Tea to celebrate Valentines Day with your family and friends.  Menu and more information to follow!  Save the Date and email Ronda@burwellschool.org for reservations.  Seating Limited.  Seatings for 2-8 ppl.   $15 ages 12 & under  $20 "Friends of Burwell"  all others $25 per person.

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March 2019

Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives

March 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

A Conversation with authors Jill McCorkle and Marjorie Hudson, Moderated by co-editor, Tamra Wilson. Join the Burwell School for an evening of wine and conversation as two favorite local authors read from their new book, Idol Talk, Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives. This collection of essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past fifty years  - from Elvis to John Lennon to Diana Ross - who have influenced the choices of women,…

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May 2019

18th Annual Burwell School Spring Gala & Auction

May 4, 2019
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States
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Join us at the Burwell School for an evening of drinks, dining, and DERBY! This year's fundraiser falls on Derby Day and event goers are encouraged to wear their best derby hat and enjoy coverage of the derby from the Burwell lawn. There will a live and a silent auction of fabulous prize packages and experiences you can ONLY get at this event (such as a private brunch for 10 in the 'Evergreen' gardens of Alice & Joe Moore, catered…

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August 2019

Star Party Astronomy Event

August 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come scan the heavens at the very peak of the August Perseid Meteor Shower with Hillsborough's own astronomer, Jerry Vinski, from a sweet spot on the Burwell School lawn! In the 19th century Reverend Robert Burwell occasionally led his students up Occoneechee Mountain to observe the heavens.   Imagine the night sky with no electric lights to diminish the brightness of the stars! We can’t offer you that experience — but right on the Burwell Lawn, Jerry will pass out…

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September 2019

$50.00

Taste of Italy with Author Frances Mayes (SOLD OUT)

September 8, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Come spend an afternoon with Hillsborough’s own Frances Mayes (author of the worldwide bestseller UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN) to hear all about Frances’ and her husband Ed’s adventures to find undiscovered places in Italy - now the subject of Frances’s latest book, SEE YOU AT THE PIAZZA (Crown). We'll be sampling some of their favorite recipes along with some distinctive wines you probably haven't seen before! If you love Italy and Frances’ books, you can’t miss this terrific event!  …

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October 2019

Outlandish Revolution Open House

October 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Celebrate Hillsborough's Revolutionary and Colonial history at the Burwell School with an afternoon of exhibits (on loan from the Orange County Historical Museum), costumes, harp music, weaving demonstrations, and kid's games and crafts.  Munch on an heirloom NC apple or a bit o' shortbread and celebrate fall's bounty.  This lead-in event will give you a taste of the fun and color of the Outlandish Hillsborough weekend, October 11 - 13, at historic Ayr Mount in Hillsborough and cosponsored by the…

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November 2019

“Impolite Conversations” with Artist John Beerman

November 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

John Beerman, artist, teacher and observer, joins artist Jimmy Holcomb for the first in a series of conversations Holcomb with have with makers and creators in Hillsborough.   Enjoy a wide-ranging exploration of John's perspectives on his art and his teaching -- and the life forces he perceives in his work.  

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Impolite Conversations — with John Beerman

November 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Join The Burwell School for episode 2 in a series of lively conversations with creators and makers, led by artist Jimmy Holcolm.  This time he's interviewing nationally-known artist john Beerman, who is also a teacher, a thinker and a generous spirit. Join us for this free event, November 2 at 3 pm.   Registration is appreciated -- click here to let us know you're coming.

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January 2020

Emerging Diverse Voices in Orange County

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

What is on the minds of our young, gifted, diverse community writers? Join us to hear student poets & writers Jamira, Gulinky, and Arul as they share their compelling, original performance poetry on young lives in our contemporary culture. This event also features two of their talented teachers, poet/singer-songwriter Areale Smith and performance poet Eric Zeigler. This event will move you; light refreshments will be served. Email emergeyall@gmail.com for more information!

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March 2020

The Future is Female – and so was the Past! *CANCELLED*

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

Laura Micham, Merle Hoffman Director of the Sally Bingham Center for Women's History & Culture at Duke University, will speak at the Burwell School Historic Site on "The Future is Female, and So Was the Past." This is free admission and is part of a series honoring 'the Year of the Woman'.

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May 2020

Emerging Diverse Voices in Orange County

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Burwell School Historic Site, 319 North Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278 United States

This powerful series continues with two original and moving artists! Lynn Swisher Spears is a regional treasure, beloved as a member of the band Fair to Middlin', as well as a solo singer-songwriter. Her musicianship and writing captivate audiences. Jodi James joins us from Fayetteville; she is a survivor of Black childhood in America, with an empathetic voice of action. Jodi is an empowering and necessary voice. Mark your calendars now; we had a full house last time and cannot…

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