WAR & MEMORY:
A Commemoration of Remembrance
FEBRUARY 21-JUNE 3, 2023
This exhibit is an introduction to “Decoration Day” and its roots within the African American Community to honor and remember Union Soldiers after the Civil War, how it evolved during World War I to expand to honor all American war fatalities, becoming a Federal Holiday, and being declared as “Memorial Day” later on after World War II. This exhibit will feature Civil War, WWI and WWII artifacts and ephemera on display in remembrance of residents of Cleveland County in honor of Memorial Day in 2023.
A Delicious Country
JULY 18-OCTOBER 21, 2023
In 1700, John Lawson left London and landed in Charleston, South Carolina. For reasons unknown, he undertook a two-month journey through the still-mysterious Carolina backcountry. His travels yielded, A New Voyage to Carolina in 1709, one of the most significant early American travel narratives, rich with observations about the region's environment and Indigenous people.
In 2014, writer Scott Huler made a decision to leave his home for his own journey by foot and canoe, retracing Lawson's route through the Carolinas. What he finds are surprising parallels between Lawson's time and our own, with the locals and their world poised along a knife-edge of change between a past they can't forget and a future they can't quite envision.
Exhibit courtesy of City of Raleigh Historic Resources and Museum Program-City of Raleigh Museum.