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Durham County Library notes

Pop-up museum visits library Sunday

The Museum of Durham History, Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection and the Rotary Club of Durham will host the second of two “pop-up” museums with the theme “My Durham Beginnings” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, at North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road.

A pop-up museum is an exhibit that "pops up" for only a few hours in a given location. When the exhibit time is up, everyone retrieves the items they brought and returns home. For the “My Durham Beginnings” pop-up, participants are asked to bring an item that symbolizes their family putting down roots in the Bull City. This could be ticket stubs from a Durham Bulls baseball game, a book from the Book Exchange, a license plate, a housewarming gift, a ledger from a family business or a picture of their family in front of their first Durham home or school.

The library and Museum of History hosted the first pop-up museum on Jan. 31. For more information about the pop-up museums or the North Carolina Collection, call Lynn Richardson at 919-560-0171 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org

N.C. Mutual discussion Feb 22

Durham County Library will host “A Family Affair: North Carolina Mutual and the Family Business,” a discussion focused on the tradition of several family generations working for the life insurance company, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Auditorium, 411 W. Chapel Hill St.

The oldest and largest African-American life insurance company in the United States, N.C. Mutual was founded by John Merrick and Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore in 1898 in Durham, and later expanded with the support of Charles Spaulding. Though many historians focus on the Merrick, Moore and Spaulding families, there were several others with deep roots running through the NC Mutual family tree. These families fulfilled many roles, including data processing, accounting and sales. The conversation will feature representatives from these families along with context provided by John Gartrell, Andre Vann and Kimberly Williams-Moore.

Gartrell is the Director of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African American History and Culture, a special collection repository, research division and educational outreach center within Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Vann is the Coordinator of University Archives/Instructor of Public History at James E. Shepard Memorial Library on the campus of North Carolina Central University. He is also the co-author of Durham’s Hayti, which is a part of the Black America Series from Acadia Publishing. Williams-Moore is the Director of Marketing and External Relations at NC Mutual.

‘Love Letters’ author to visit library

Durham County Library hosts a reader’s theater presentation of The Man’s Guide to Writing Love Letters: Is Sex The Only Thing On A Man’s Mind?” with playwright Ira Knight at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St.

Author, playwright and producer Knight presents a rendition of his one-man play in progress. Knight is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and currently resides in Durham. He has led workshops on topics including writing, the creative process, producing, publishing and manifesting ideas. He is also the author of God Needs to Hear Thank You, Too!