The High Point Museum will host its second annual History Rocks! event Saturday, October 6 from Noon to 6pm (rain or shine) at its 1859 E. Lexington Ave. location. The free festival is expected to attract crowds from across the region making it a great day trip option from Charlotte.
The event is designed to showcase the museum's exhibits and local artifacts while providing entertainment for the entire family. The core gallery includes such world-famous attractions as John Coltrane's original piano and American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's choir robe. Also on display is the Furniture Heritage Project exploring the history of the furniture industry in North Carolina.
The museum's newest exhibit “Roots of Prosperity – High Point’s Farming Heritage” will open the same day. Visitors will learn about High Point’s agriculture industry, which was considered one of the three major industries in the region behind furniture and textiles. It will feature items from the High Point Historical Society’s collection including tools and equipment used on area farms and dairies. The exhibit will highlight the Model Farm as well as examine the roles of tobacco and dairies on our local economy. It will be a hands-on and interactive exhibit with something for all ages.
A temporary exhibit on display this season titled “Running for Office,” in the Museum lobby, highlights the people who ran for a variety of offices including local, county and state levels. It shows how campaigning has changed and evolved through the years and the impact of technology on the candidates. “Electing the President,” in the Museum’s Lecture Gallery, is a timeline and looks at the history of our country’s presidential elections with original artifacts and fun facts.
Other activities will include a host of craft stations for kids, a petting zoo from Sunset Farms with goats, small cows, rabbits and chickens, and a bake sale of homemade goodies prepared by Historical Society volunteers.
All of the museum's historic homes will be open with costumed interpreters proudly demonstrating various functions of daily life a century ago.
Live bands will perform throughout the event beginning at 12:30pm featuring music from Blue Ridge James & Friends, The Joe Riley Band, and High Pointer Benji Morris.
Beer and other beverages will be available for sale in addition to snacks from High Point's Uptowne Tavern Bar & Grille and delicious ice cream from Bruster's.
More information can be found at www.HighPointMuseum.org.