GUIDE: Women’s History Month at the NC Museum of History

Learn about the women from our past
You Have To Start A Thing
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March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to honor the women of our past than by visiting the NC Museum of History. Not ready to go indoors yet? The museum also has a variety of virtual activities you can participate in as well. There are more than 20 installments centered around women in their comprehensive list including podcasts, exhibits, blogs, videos, and digital programs. With so many to cover, we are going to focus on three such events.

You Have to Start a Thing

For those that are comfortable returning indoors, you can see the highlight of Women’s History Month: “You Have to Start a Thing” exhibit. This display looks at both perspectives on women’s suffrage leading up to 1920, the year of the 19th Amendment: the right for women to vote. Along with life-size videos of reenactments of suffragists and anti-suffragists, you can also find interactive pieces such as “Have a Say – Vote Today!” and a spinning wheel of enfranchisement. The former is a mock voting on constitutional amendments, and the latter is a timeline on voting rights and who it affects. This exhibit is open till Aug. 8, 2021.

To Fly Planes Chutes Pilots And More

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Daughters of the Sky: The Legacy of Women Pilots in North Carolina

For those that would rather learn from the comfort of their home, you have a some options too. On March 31st at 7pm, you can be a part of the Zoom virtual event: Daughters of the Sky: The Legacy of Women Pilots in North Carolina. Presenters John Moseley ‎and Fort Fisher State Historic Site will discuss the women pilots of WWII. More specifically, the trailblazing women trained as the military’s frontline arsenal in the sky, also know as WASPs. This event is free and you can register here.

Activate History: Debra Austin’s Ballet Slippers

Looking for something for the young adults in your life? Also on March 31st, from 4-4:45pm, another online program will be taking place: Activate History: Debra Austin’s Ballet Slippers. Debra Austin became the first African American female dancer to perform with the New York City Ballet in 1971. This talented artist was only 16 years old when she traded in her sneakers for slippers for good. During this virtual presentation, viewers will explore many objects of the museum collection including Debra’s ballet footwear. This program is recommended for ages 14-18, and registration via Demio is necessary.


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If you are planning to attend the NC Museum of History, here’s what you need to know about their covid safety measures, admission and hours.

Covid Safe:
-The museum is limiting visitors to 250 people at a time.
-Cloth masks are required from ages 2 and up.
-Increased frequency of cleaning and multiple hand sanitizing stations.

Admission & Hours:
-Admission if free.
-Tickets are not required for entry.
-Tuesday – Saturday: 9-11am for high risk visitors
-Tuesday – Saturday: 11-5pm for the general public
-Sunday: 12-5pm for the general public

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