Museum programs involve many facets of community

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Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture has contributed to Black History Month events at Museum of the Albemarle. Participants include: Back - Johnny L. Houston, consultant; Elouise White, H. Leon Pringle, Pernell Bartlett; Front - Andrea Combs, Joyce Long, Rwanda Farrer.

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By Charlotte M. Patterson
Museum of the Albemarle

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Collaborating with other facilities and nonprofits is a wonderful way to involve members of the community and to stretch the museum’s staff and resources.

The education department often collaborates with outside groups and institutions to bring subjects of interest to our region. Programs related to the Harlem Renaissance traveling exhibit will be presented during Black History Month beginning with a school day on Feb 16. Hundreds of area students will visit the museum to view the exhibit as well as hear interactive presentations made by local volunteers.

A members-only reception will be held that evening from 6 to 9 o’clock. If you are not a member of the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, you may join by contacting the museum. The public opening reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. Autumpan -The Talking Drums will perform at 10:30 in the Gaither Auditorium. The PBS Documentary, “Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance” will be shown at noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. H. Leon Pringle, microbiologist, immunologist, and adjunct professor at Elizabeth City State University, will lead an open discussion on Key Figures of the Harlem Renaissance at 1 p.m. Youth of all ages may enjoy activities and make-and-take crafts. We were assisted in planning these events by Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture, a local citizens group formed in 2012 to contribute to the development of programs for Black History Month and other events and exhibits. Current members of this group include H. Leon Pringle, Joyce Long, Elouise White, Pernell Bartlett, and Johnny Houston.

Some programs call for widespread involvement from all over the region. One such program, Biscuits, Tractors, and Chickens, involve antique tractor clubs, farmers, beekeepers, spinners, quilters, and others who come together to make this program a favorite. If you are interested in being a presenter for this program give me a call. The public is invited to attend on Friday, March 23 from 9—7 p.m.

In addition, we are looking forward to co-hosting Pirate Palooza with the Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. This two-day event begins on Friday, April 20, with school groups in the morning and Dine with a Pirate! that evening. Tickets are on sale now through the museum’s Facebook page.. On Saturday, April 21, pirates will head downtown and roam shops and restaurants. The group Motley Tones, “purveyors of music and pirate mayhem,” will perform at Mariner’s Wharf at 1:30 p.m.

Still looking forward, in May the museum will host the 1663 Carolina Charter as part of the Celebration of 350 Years of Albemarle History. Schools may schedule to attend programming to view the charter, and we are scheduling school groups to view it and participate in programming that explains the history of our region and its 16 counties.

Summer brings Summer Fun Days with Archaeology on June 20 and Pirates! on July 18. Pirates of the Carolinas camp with Port Discover will be held June 25-29. To cool down a bit, the public is invited to view the feature films Coco on June 28 and Frozen on July 26.

You can be a part of the museum’s education successes by becoming a volunteer. We look forward to working with you

Charlotte M. Patterson is education curator for Museum of the Albemarle

Correction:  Last Sunday’s column by Jonathan Smith about the Treadle Loom should have stated that the loom came from the Milford (Grice) House in Camden County.