Lecture by Mike Helms, “Boom and Bust: Paper Currency in Colonial North Carolina”
Joel Lane Museum House is proud to present a lecture by Mike Helms, “Boom and Bust: Paper Currency in Colonial North Carolina” on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 7 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.
Mike’s talk entitled “Boom and Bust: Paper Currency in Colonial North Carolina,” will focus on colonial and Civil War era North Carolina scrip. Authentic period banknotes signed by the likes of North Carolina’s governor Richard Caswell (1729-1789) will bring a unique human dimension to the colorful story of North Carolina’s state-issued currency.
Mike’s interest in notaphily (the four dollar and fifty cent word for “the study of banknotes") was kindled by his grandfather during his tender childhood years, and he has been an active banknote collector for over 20 years. A historian by temperament and a passionate explorer and researcher, Mike Helms spends many of his Saturdays crisscrossing the state’s side-roads in search of North Carolina’s material culture and the rich, untold stories it tells. An accomplished public speaker, published writer and photographer, Mike makes his talks come alive with the heart and humor of a natural raconteur. A geologist by education and software architect by day, Mike Helms lives in North Raleigh with his ravishing wife and canine weekend traveling companion. The Joel Lane Museum House is especially grateful to Mike for his donation in 2011 to its collection of a $5 continental note issued in Philadelphia in 1776.
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