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Memories and War: Sterographs of WWI

In honor of the World War I Centennial  and in coordination with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Hillsborough Garden Club's Poppy Project, this exhibition shows a group of stereographs from the museum’s collection. 

Warning: many of the images in this exhibition are graphic. 


Exhibition dates: April 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Click, Clack: Typewriters, and Authors

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 and allows the viewer to see the evolution of this machine throughout the 20th century. It also explores some of the famous authors who used these types of machines to produce their works. 

Exhibition dates: April 3, 2018 - July 18, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Summer Movie Series

This  summer, the Orange County Historical Museum will show vintage movies.  Historian and Orange County native Ernest Dollar will present historical  context for each of these historically significant movies.

Movie dates and times:

July 20 - Elizabeth Cotten, 7pm

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.

August 10 –  Doug Clark, 7pm

Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts were a college party staple. Performing at colleges across the United States, the Clark brothers entertained countless with their bawdy rock and roll. This film was the last recorded interview with Doug Clark before his death in 2002 as part of an exhibit at the OCHM

Individual tickets are free and available through Eventbrite.  

1st Wednesday Lecture: CIA and Modern Art September 5, 7pm

If there is one thing that’s true in this world, it’s that there isn't a lack of conspiracy theories. Every day we might hear a new, wacky theory, even in the art world, like how the CIA funneled money into the arts, towards revolutionary painters like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, in order to fight the Cold War. Crazy, right? I mean, what a bizarre way to attempt to covertly bring down the Russians!  Except that this isn't a crazy conspiracy theory at all. It’s actually a  true story of propaganda, secrets, lies, and fine art. The pen is mightier than the sword, the saying goes. Well, it turns out that the same could be said about the paintbrush. Join us on September 5th when Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator at the NCMA and founder of the  ArtCurious podcast, explores the topic of the "CIA and Modern Art." 

Free and open to the public.