Lunchtime is often full of work, and lacks the well-deserved break we all need. Many of us are habitually too busy during lunch and often fall victim to the same boring sitting-at-the-desk type of situation. This is where The Museum of The Cape Fear comes in. They have decided to have four various 15 minute lunchtime talks at the museum, where ofﬁ ce addicts like me and you can take a break and learn something while enjoying your brown bagged lunch. Moreover, the museum will provide water or other beverages to accompany the lunch that you bring. The Munch on History: A Lunchtime Lecture begins on May 31st, extending out to June 14th, July 12th and August 16th at 12:15 p.m. respectively.
Each lunchtime lecture is speciﬁ cally dedicated to important facts and interesting historical features that have something to do with Fayetteville, or North Carolina. On May 31, the museum’s Historic Interpreter Mr. Jim Brisson talked about the controversial topic of William Woods Holden & the Kirk-Holden War. Historically, William Woods Holden was the 2nd governor to be impeached. The fact that Mr. Holden was recently pardoned by the N.C. Senate at the N.C. State Capitol makes this topic even more interesting.
The topic of conversation on June 14, honors our National Flag Day. Chris Woodson, who is the education coordinator for Arsenal Park will discuss and share important information on our nation’s different ﬂ ags and their history. Woodson will also discuss various United States ﬂ ags and will enlighten the attendees on how they developed into something that symbolizes patriotism.
On July 12, Leisa Greathouse, curator of education from The Museum of the Cape Fear will present ﬁ ve historical facts about Fayetteville that has noteworthy ties to our nation’s past. Fayetteville is always welcoming newcomers, making this day very important, as they can understand and appreciate Fayetteville and discover fascinating facts about the city.
The ﬁnal lunchtime history lecture will be on August 16, where 1897 Poe House education coordinator Heidi Bleazey will enlighten visitors with some Victorian etiquette and Poe House history.
Everyone is welcome to learn from the Victorian era, where etiquette was at its prime. It was when women never extended her hand to shake that of a man and where women dressed up to avoid attention from men. These interesting facts are sure to add a touch of humor to anyone’s lunch break.
The Museum of the Cape Fear has always been successful in providing a great source of knowledge and entertainment. Munch On History: A Lunchtime Lecture is indeed an ideal event to attend once a month beginning from May until August, at 12:15 p.m. According to Greathouse, “Even if your lunch is to grab-a-burger-on-the-go, bring it to the museum where you can sit, relax, eat, and listen,” said Greathouse. “We hope that the presentations become entertaining through questions and discussions by the audience.” She also encourages individuals who attend to return to work and share the knowledge the next day with their co-workers. In addition, of course, the admission is free!
The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex is located, 801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28345. Call 910-4861330 for more information or go to www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.