Wednesday, November 28, 2012

History Hub Teams With Duke and NCCU for Dec. 6 Pop-Up

Durham is a place rich with history and great stories. Fortunately, it is also a place with a strong sense of preservation and a desire to know and catalog the past as it barrels ahead to an exciting future.  The Museum of Durham History is helping make that desire a reality now.

The Museum of Durham History’s second Pop-Up Museum, scheduled for 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Thursday, December 6, will exhibit a dozen local history projects completed by Duke and NCCU students. Located at the Museum’s History Hub at 500 West Main Street, the event is free of charge and open to the public.

Two NCCU graduate students in Dr. Rhonda Jones’ Museum Interpretation class are taking an in-depth, multi-media look at the Piedmont Blues. Duke undergraduates working with Dr. Joshua Clark Davis will display mini-projects ranging from movie-going in Durham and the origins of our Bull City nickname to school desegregation.

This pop-up museum is the second in a series designed to invite the community into the process of creating a history museum in Durham. Currently a work-in-progress, the Museum’s History Hub is slated to open in 2013.

“We’re raising the money needed to design and install some top-flight, engaging exhibits about Durham’s past,” said the Museum’s Executive Director Katie Spencer. “But until we can open our doors, we’re hosting temporary, pop-up museums to bring people into the Hub and start telling some of Durham’s stories. Our first pop-up in September featured ‘Tools of the Trade’ that Durhamites used in their jobs or homes in years past.”

Food trucks will be on site for the Dec. 6 event. See the museum website for more information about this and upcoming events, as well as History Hub plans.

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