March through May Exhibit
How does local government affect you? Does your opinion matter? Can you make a difference? The City of Raleigh Museum will explore these questions in a new exhibit. The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh tells the story of city government and democracy at a local level, from the election of Raleigh’s first Mayor in 1795 to issues facing current and future mayors. Using research from city council minutes and artifacts from the museum’s collection, this interactive exhibit highlights the citizen role in law-making, giving visitors the opportunity to examine significant decisions from Raleigh’s past, and cast their vote on current challenges facing citizens and leaders of our growing city.
Raleigh experienced a time of great conflict and change during the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Come explore a city’s struggle and journey towards equality during a difficult time in this country’s history.
Explore Raleigh’s history through 200 years of artifacts and images. The R3 timeline offers a glimpse into the city’s rich cultural landscape. Interactive kiosks provide visitors with a fun and challenging way to explore photographs from Raleigh’s past. The COR Museum’s mascot, Sir Sammy the Squirrel, has included an interactive in the exhibit that teaches children how trees in the City of Oaks can reveal secrets about the past.
The “Our War…” exhibit will tell the tale of two different Raleighs and how its residents who went to war had vastly different experiences in the same conflict. Though 70 years have passed, many personal events of the war are fresh in the minds of the veterans. By sharing their stories, these veterans give us a revealing look at what it was like to grow up in 30’s/40’s Raleigh and leave for war. By collecting their stories in their own words it is hoped the exhibit will be a testament to the varied contributions of Raleigh’s diverse residents.
Did you know Raleigh is one of 450 cities with a flag? How did the flag come into existence? Who designed it and what does it mean? Come learn the story behind one of Raleigh’s most visible symbols.