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NEW DATE: Lecture on “Sitting Pretty: North Carolina Furniture 1700-1850”

when: May. 17, 2015

NEW DATE: Lecture on “Sitting Pretty: North Carolina Furniture 1700-1850” by Ken Zogry on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2 pm at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $16 for the general public and $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. To purchase tickets, go to the Eventbrite web site by clicking here. 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.

From the earliest European settlement in the late 16th century until the outbreak of the Civil War, in an era before large scale factory production, North Carolina’s diverse population supported a small number of craftsmen who custom designed and hand built furniture to meet the needs of the state’s citizens. Generally based on styles from major European and American cities, but adapted to the small towns and rural areas of the state, cabinetmakers in North Carolina created unique designs and forms. This fully illustrated talk will highlight some of the more interesting examples from across North Carolina, and discuss broader design influences and specific regional characteristics.

Dr. Kenneth Zogry is both a public and an academic historian. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Other graduate work includes the Attingham Summer School in England, and the Graduate Institute in Early Southern Material Culture, offered by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and UNC-Greensboro. He has been in the field of public history for more than twenty years, including positions as assistant curator of Old Salem in Winston-Salem, curator of the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and executive director of the Pope House Museum in Raleigh. He has served as a consultant to historic house museums from North Carolina to Maine, and is certified by the state of North Carolina to write nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1998 he has served as official historian of the Carolina Inn on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. He has taught courses in American history, North Carolina history, African American history, and museum studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Peace College. Zogry has written more than a dozen articles and book and exhibit reviews for publications including the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Public Historian, CRM: the Journal of the National Parks Service, and the North Carolina Historical Review. He is the author of two books: The Best the Country Affords: Vermont Furniture, 1765-1850, which won the Charles F. Montgomery Award, and The University’s Living Room; A History of the Carolina Inn, which won two awards from the Printing Industry of the Carolinas. He currently teaches at Guilford College, and the title of his upcoming new book is Print News and Raise Hell: The Daily Tar Heel and the Evolution of a Modern University.

NEW DATE: Lecture on “Sitting Pretty: North Carolina Furniture 1700-1850”
NEW DATE: Lecture on “Sitting Pretty: North Carolina Furniture 1700-1850”
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What visitors say

Thank you for touring us around the Joel Lane House. Our architecture and the way we live has come a long way throughout the years. You really gave us great information on what life was like back when Joel Lane was alive. They lived in very harsh conditions with no heat or air condition which would be very tough today. I appreciate all your help and time put in to tour us around the house.