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Hillsborough, 27278
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February 2017

Horace Johnson and the History of Orange County: opening reception

February 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Orange County Historical Museum invites you to join them at the museum for the opening reception of Horace Johnson and the History of Orange County, a new exhibit running through February about Horace Johnson (Mayor of Hillsborough 1989-2001) and his contribution to the history of Hillsborough and the county.

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June 2017

Kids Art Workshop – cross stitch

June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

As part of Hilsborough's Last Fridays Art Walk, the museum is pleased to offer a series of free family-friendly arts workshops which explore different craft techniques based on collection items and local history. June workshop: Cross stitch is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. In Hillsborough girls’ schools during the 1800s, cross stitch and needle work were important parts of the curriculum. Participants will see historic cross stitch patterns from our collection, and learn…

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September 2017

Outlander Day

September 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Did you know that Hillsborough features in the third volume of Diana Gabaldon's epic series Outlander? Part of the story in volume 3, The Fiery Cross, is set around the history of the Regulators. Join us to revel in all things Outlandish! The afternoon will feature Orange County Historical Museum board member Stephanie Digiuseppe reading from The Fiery Cross, esteemed local historian Scott Washington telling the true history of the Regulators, and a tour to Hillsborough Regulator sites. Light refreshments and music with a Scottish…

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Painting & Drawing with Renzo

September 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

We are excited to announce the first in our new series of art workshops! We're so lucky to have wonderful professional artist renzo ortega from the Arts Center in Carrboro who will give instruction in basic painting and drawing techniques and work with students to create artwork inspired by folk art, objects and images from the museum collections. The workshops are free and open to the public! Children grades K-12 may attend, with their caregivers. All materials will be provided,…

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Last Friday Kids Art Workshop: Straw Weaving

September 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

As part of Hilsborough's Last Fridays Art Walk, the museum is pleased to offer a series of free family-friendly arts workshops which explore different craft techniques based on collection items and local history. This week is the last one and will feature the technique of stick-weaving, using straws in place of sticks as a loom!

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October 2017

Make Art with Renzo!

October 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

This is the 3rd in our series of art workshops with Renzo Ortega. We would like to thank the Orange County Arts Commission whose grant made this project possible! ¡Hace arte con Renzo! Clases de arte gratuitas en el museo, jueves a 5:30-7:00 pm con Renzo Ortega. Gracias a la Comisión de artes del Condado de Orange por su apoyo. Padres, por favor planee quedarse durante todo el período de clases. We're lucky to have wonderful professional artist renzo ortega…

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November 2017

Make Art with Renzo!

November 2, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

This is the 4th in our series of art workshops with Renzo Ortega. We would like to thank the Orange County Arts Commission whose grant made this project possible! ¡Hace arte con Renzo! Clases de arte gratuitas en el museo, jueves a 5:30-7:00 pm con Renzo Ortega. Gracias a la Comisión de artes del Condado de Orange por su apoyo. Padres, por favor planee quedarse durante todo el período de clases. We're lucky to have wonderful professional artist renzo ortega…

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Festival del Dia de los Muertos

November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Join us at the Orange County Museum for a celebration of Dia de los Muertos! Activities will include papel picado (cut paper decorations), ofrenda (altar for offerings of food, drink, and flowers), Calavera contest (satirical poems), and a costume contest for La Catrina and El Catrin. We'll be serving food and non-alcoholic drinks.

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Make Art with Renzo!

November 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

This is the 5th in our series of art workshops with Renzo Ortega. We would like to thank the Orange County Arts Commission whose grant made this project possible! ¡Hace arte con Renzo! Clases de arte gratuitas en el museo, jueves a 5:30-7:00 pm con Renzo Ortega. Gracias a la Comisión de artes del Condado de Orange por su apoyo. Padres, por favor planee quedarse durante todo el período de clases. We're lucky to have wonderful professional artist renzo ortega…

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December 2017

Make Art with Renzo!

December 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

This is the 6th in our series of art workshops with Renzo Ortega. We would like to thank the Orange County Arts Commission whose grant made this project possible! ¡Hace arte con Renzo! Clases de arte gratuitas en el museo, jueves a 5:30-7:00 pm con Renzo Ortega. Gracias a la Comisión de artes del Condado de Orange por su apoyo. Padres, por favor planee quedarse durante todo el período de clases. We're lucky to have wonderful professional artist renzo ortega…

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Make Art with Renzo!

December 21, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

This is the 7th in our series of art workshops with Renzo Ortega. We would like to thank the Orange County Arts Commission whose grant made this project possible! ¡Hace arte con Renzo! Clases de arte gratuitas en el museo, jueves a 5:30-7:00 pm con Renzo Ortega. Gracias a la Comisión de artes del Condado de Orange por su apoyo. Padres, por favor planee quedarse durante todo el período de clases. We're lucky to have wonderful professional artist renzo ortega…

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March 2018

Free

Moving Into the Carolina Backcountry: Colonial Era Transportation in the Carolinas and Virginia, 1585-1785.

March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Tom Magnuson, M.A., Visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of the South at UNC Chapel Hill, will discuss the history of ground transportation in the southeast during Colonial times.

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April 2018

free

Exhibition Opening Night Reception: OCHM

April 4, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Come celebrate the opening of the exhibition Click, Clack: Typewriters and Authors at the Orange County Historical Museum. The typewriter is one of the great inventions of modernity. Once it began being widely used, the typewriter quickly changed the act of writing forever. It completely altered communications overall and became a critical tool for businesses and writers in a time when handwriting was still the primary method of non-verbal communication. This exhibition examines the technological innovations illustrated by several typewriters…

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Free

Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont.

April 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Georgann Eubanks, one of the founders of the North Carolina Writers' Network, will take readers on a literary tour of North Carolina’s Piedmont, past and present. 

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May 2018

Free

Septima Clark, Citizenship Education, and Women in the Civil Rights Movement

May 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Civil rights activist Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987) is best known for her role in developing the Citizenship Schools. During the 1950s and 1960s, thousands of disenfranchised African Americans passed through Citizenship School classes in which they learned to read and write in order to pass the literacy tests required by southern states to register to vote. This talk focuses on three moments in Clark’s life to show that the roots of the program lay in the organizing tradition forged by…

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June 2018

My Typewriter and I Write a Book

June 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

The Orange County Historical Museum proudly presents, "My Typewriter and I Write a Book," a panel discussion with Allan Gurganus, Nancy Peacock, Chris Vitiello and Elizabeth Woodman. Join us for an engaging conversation with our award-winning panelists as they explore the succession of handwriting to typewriters to computers and the subsequent impact on writing and publishing. Refreshments will be provided. https://www.poetryfox.com http://nancypeacockbooks.com http://www.allangurganus.com http://www.enopublishers.org

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July 2018

Summer Movie Series: Elizabeth Cotten

July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

This summer, the Orange County Historical Museum will show vintage movies.  Historian and Orange County native Ernest Dollar will present a historical context for each of these historically significant movies. Elizabeth Cotten won a Grammy at age 91 in 1984 for her unique blues style. Born in Carrboro, Cotten was rediscovered by the Seeger family during the folk revival of the 1960s. This film features an interview by  Mike Seeger, as well as songs performed by this Orange County legend.…

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October 2018

Lecture: The Forgotten Women Pilots of World War II

October 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Come hear about and give recognition to this remarkable group of women pilots in a talk led by Lorelei Kraft. She flew to the WASP reunion of the remaining living women pilots of World War II in 2012 in Sweetwater, TX where they had trained. She will share many of the personal stories of this courageous group of women, who were flying in an era where many women didn't even have drivers' licenses, and whose contributions are mostly left out…

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January 2019

OC Museum Opening Night Reception Celebration

January 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

The Orange County Museum is excited to announce the Opening Night Reception for the New Permanent Collection Gallery! You won't want to miss this unveiling and a small party including community leaders, elected officials, museum staff and volunteers, and of course neighbors and friends! The new gallery will officially open on Friday, January 18 at 6PM. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served as part of the reception. Join us!

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February 2019

Sunday Lecture Series at OCHM: Dr. Omar Ali

February 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Join us for a lecture from Dr. Omar Ali titled "Understanding Black History as American History"! African  Americans have played an integral role in the creation and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Since 1619  when the first twenty Africans were brought to the shores of the  Chesapeake to the election of the nation’s first black president, black  men and women have contributed to the economic, political, and cultural  growth of the U.S. Much of how…

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March 2019

Sunday Lecture Series at OCHM: Ruth Wyand

March 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Join us at the museum for a lecture from Ruth Wyand called "Through Their Voices: Female Musician Activists in North Carolina"! Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

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June 2019

Community Paint by Number with Ann Hobgood

June 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Local artist Ann Hobgood will create a piece of art that everyone is invited to help paint. The community-made work of art  will be hung in the museum's entrance-way for July's Last Friday. This will take place at the museum on Last Friday in May and June. Come out and paint!

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Paint by Numbers with Ann Hobgood

June 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Local artist Ann Hobgood will create a piece that everyone is invited to help paint on June 28. The piece will be hung in the museum's entranceway for July's Last Friday, so you can see your work displayed! This will take place at the museum on Last Friday in June and July. Come out and paint!

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July 2019

Paint by Numbers with Ann Hobgood

July 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

Local artist Ann Hobgood will create a piece that everyone is invited to help paint on June 28. The piece will be hung in the museum's entranceway for July's Last Friday, so you can see your work displayed! This will take place at the museum on Last Friday in June and July. Come out and paint!

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November 2019

“The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina” with John Santa

November 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orange County Historical Museum, 201 N. Churton Street
Hillsborough, 27278

John Santa is an award-winning producer and musician. He lives in Chapel Hill. He loves music and plays eighteen instruments. At various points in his life he thought he was a guitar player, a writer, a cellist, a journalist and a producer. Then one day he realized he was really just a storyteller and his life got much, much easier. Among his proudest achievements are being voted Teacher of the Year four years in a row at Piedmont Community College…

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