The City of Raleigh Museum Re-Opens on Saturday, Sept. 12th, with Surprise Exhibit Featuring 'Joseph Winters: The Music Maker' and 'Raleigh Home Movie Day'
Another September event on tap is “Rediscovering the Legacy of John Hunter” Documentary Debut with Dorothea Dix Park
After being closed to the public since mid-March, the City of Raleigh Museum will re-open its doors at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12.
“We are so excited to once again be able to be open to the public,” says Ernest Dollar, COR’s executive director. “We have so missed sharing the museum with visitors to downtown Raleigh as well as our members.”
To celebrate COR’s re-opening, the museum is offering, in addition to its permanent exhibits, a new exhibit celebrating the life and legacy of influential music promoter Joseph Winters.
“Joseph Winters: The Music Maker” explores the life of one of the city’s earliest African American policemen who also brought musical legends including James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to perform in Raleigh.
“During his 40-year career, Winters shaped the Capital City’s cultural landscape by working with these nationally recognized artists,” Dollar explained. “We are thrilled to be able to share facts about his extraordinary life as part of our museum re-opening.”
The exhibit, which features facts about Winters’ life and some of the legendary artists who entertained Raleigh audiences, will run through February 2021.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
Also on Saturday, COR will host a virtual “Raleigh Home Movie Day” in partnership with A/V Geeks:
When: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Virtually)
Where: Streaming Live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter & Twitch
http://www.avgeeks.com/wp2/home-movie-day/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/957040231436587
You’ve been stuck at home, tackling those long-overlooked projects like reorganizing closets, going through boxes in attics and basements. You dug up some old family heirlooms, photos and films. What hidden treasures lie in those old home movies that you found? Participate in our first Online Home Movie Day Raleigh and find out the value of these unique cultural and historical documents and how to save them for future generations. Spend the afternoon watching old films and playing Home Movie Day bingo and as an added bonus get a free digital transfer of your screened film! The deadline to submit your home movies is Saturday, Sept. 5. Choose up to 10 minutes of your home movies on film (that's roughly 3 (three), 50ft reels of 8mm film) or video tape and bring to: A/V Geeks Archive, 714 Tyler Road, Raleigh, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 247-7752 to make other arrangements.
Home Movie Day was started in 2002 as a worldwide celebration of amateur home movies, during which people in cities and towns all over the world would get to meet local film archivists, find out about the long-term benefits of film versus video and digital media, and - most importantly - get to watch those old family films. “Home Movie Day is historically a public event,” says Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks, “but by streaming it online we bring these films back into the intimate space of people’s living rooms to share with new generations.”
Finally, another COR event planned for September is:
“Roots of Raleigh: Rediscovering the Legacy of John Hunter”
What: Documentary Premiere of “Roots of Raleigh: Rediscovering the Legacy of John Hunter”
When: Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
Where: The virtual event will be conducted via City of Raleigh YouTube Live (youtube.com/cityofraleigh)
The COR Museum staff have been working to uncover more of the African American history of the Dorothea Dix Park site. Through research by City historians, a remarkable family tree now exists connecting “Uncle” John Hunter, an enslaved person on the Spring Hill Plantation born in the 1760s, to families living in Washington D.C. and New York. In November 2019, descendants of John Hunter traveled to Raleigh to learn more about their ancestors’ important contributions to the City, State and beyond. Join the City of Raleigh for the debut of a new documentary that follows the Hunter descendants as they explore their recently uncovered Raleigh roots dating back 225 years. Following the virtual documentary premiere, hear from family members about their experience of discovery and connection in a discussion along with Dollar and Valerie Johnson, chair of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission.
About City of Raleigh Museum
The COR Museum was founded as the Raleigh City Museum in 1993. In 2011, the City of Raleigh took over operations of the museum and is now part of the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. Located at 220 Fayetteville St. the museum features exhibit, displays and programs that highlight the history and culture of North Carolina’s capital city. For more information on the museum visit https://raleighnc.gov/places/city-raleigh-museum The museum is open Tue – Sat, 9 – 4 pm, Sun, 1- 4 pm and can be reached at 919 996-2220.
About Dorothea Dix Park
Dorothea Dix Park is the site of one of the most exciting new park projects in America. 308-acre site blends historic architecture and rich landscapes into a unique destination in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. The effort to create Dorothea Dix Park is a public-private partnership between the City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy. The City owns and operates Dorothea Dix Park. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to support the City by serving as its philanthropic partner. Learn more at dixpark.org
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