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High Point Museum will be closed December 23 - 26 and reopen Wednesday, December 27 at 10 a.m.

2017 Holiday Open House

45th Annual Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The High Point Museum is hosting its 45th annual Holiday Open House this Sunday, December 3 from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
People of all ages are invited to enjoy an entertaining day at the Museum, located at 1859 East Lexington Avenue. It will highlight and showcase High Point’s history, while helping the local community to get in the holiday spirit.
The Open House presents a fun-filled day featuring holiday-themed musical performances from local groups, arts and crafts, refreshments include hot chocolate bar and cookies, historical demonstrations such as a blacksmith, spinning and weaving, candle-dipping, and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus.

The Northwood Notables will start off the day singing a variety of holiday favorites at 1 p.m. The drumline from T.W. Andrews High School will be performing at 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. the Petal Points from High Point University will be singing. The Heart & Soul Singers from the Arc of High Point will be performing at 3 p.m. The High Point University Brass Ensemble will close the day with a performance at 3:30 p.m. Santa Claus will make a special appearance from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

Chestnut Demonstration
Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Come learn about the history of chestnuts. Our costumed interpreters will be demonstrating chestnuts roasting on an open fire. 

Blacksmith Demonstration
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Come watch our costumed blacksmith in action as he crafts various iron pieces. Free and open to all ages.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration
Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come watch our costumed interpreters cook a traditional fall harvest meal over an open hearth in the Hoggatt House. FREE. 

Museum Store Manager Retiring

On December 31 Mary Barnett will retire as our Store and Visitor Services Manager. For 17 years she has been the friendly face greeting our visitors when they walk in the door of the High Point Museum. Mary first arrived several months before the Museum re-opened in May 2001 after its expansion project. Over the years she has profitably managed the Museum store by carefully selecting merchandise to reflect the history and heritage of the greater High Point area. She always reminds shoppers that their purchases directly support the care and preservation of our artifacts.  She goes the extra mile to make our visitors feel welcome and is one of our biggest promoters, encouraging everyone she meets to visit the Museum. We are so grateful for all she has done for the High Point Museum and will miss her energy and enthusiasm! Please be sure to stop by and wish her a happy retirement before the end of December.  


"New Deal for High Point" Now Open

The High Point Museum’s recently opened a new exhibit, “New Deal for High Point,” and it will be on display until mid-February.
“New Deal in High Point” showcases the lasting impact of the various New Deal projects on the physical landscape of High Point that we can still see today. The exhibit highlights several New Deal building projects and their legacy in High Point.  A few of the projects included High Point City Lake Park and Washington Terrace Park, Allen Jay Rock Gym and Clara Cox and Daniel Brooks Housing Developments.
The exhibit explains the various organizations and agencies that worked in the community during this time. Each New Deal agency had specific goals and guidelines for projects and programs it could fund. Some provided loans, others gave outright grants, while still others funded only parts of larger projects. One of the agencies working in High Point included the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) with a camp located at the corner of Eastchester and Bridges Drives. It is estimated that over three million trees were planted to help with erosion.
One of the largest projects was the lowering of the railroad tracks through downtown. Construction began in late 1939 and was completed in 1947 with a total estimated cost of $1,500,000. It stretched for over two miles and had seven bridges. The lowering of the tracks is explored more in-depth with a photographic exhibit in the lecture gallery. 

Lowering the tracks
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