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Catch new segments of Collecting Carolina each month on North Carolina Weekend!
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Broadcast Date: 8/15/2013
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and The Gray Library & MESDA Research Center
“We are the only museum in the world that addresses the history and the material culture of the early South. As we like to say, we cover from when the first English footsteps landed at Jamestown to when the first cannons fired on Fort Sumter. We look at the original Southern Colonies stretching from Maryland all the way down to Georgia and then out into Kentucky and Tennessee. That’s our mission and we go about achieving that mission through object displays, exhibits, publishing a journal, educational programs and reaching out to the public.”
- Robert A. Leath, Chief Curator, Vice President Collections & Research, MESDA
Broadcast Date: 8/29/2013
Pre & Post Civil War items and Long Rifles with Michael Briggs, NC Collector and Writer, & MESDA Chief Curator Robert Leath
'Collecting Carolina’ visits the Metrolina Expo Marketplace to show you how to recognize a true artifact from North Carolina, focusing on guns and Mecklenburg County’s storied history as we go booth to booth. It’s fascinating to discover North Carolina historical items readily available to buy, you just need to know what you like and what to look for.
Broadcast Date: 9/19/13
Thomas Day Furniture with local collectors & MESDA Curator Maria Shevzov
The most famous of all North Carolina African-American furniture makers was Thomas Day, a freeman whose life is well documented and who built some of the state’s most sought-after furniture in his shop in the town of Milton. Join us as we learn to identify a fake from the real thing. Because it is believed that there are many pieces of his work still in North Carolina homes today, yet to be discovered.
Broadcast Date: 10/3/2013
Cameron Antiques Fair with Writer, Historian and Collector Ray Owen & MESDA Curator June Lucas
North Carolina treasures are still to be found at the ‘Cameron Antiques Fair,’ in the Sandhills and it’s a fun place to spend a day. Whether you are looking for something specific, or something arty, or something to go with what you already have. Stroll along the main street and in and out the many vendors’ displays because you never know what piece of North Carolina history you may find – we did!
Broadcast Date: 11/14/2013
NC Antiques Auction with Antiques Road Show's Andrew Brunk & MESDA Curator June Lucas
Take the mystery out of an auction and learn from the best. Andrew Brunk has been affiliated with PBS’s ‘Antiques Road Show’ for over 12 years and has his own auction house in Asheville. Some of the finest estates have been bought and sold through this auction house and we go to watch a fine piece of Western North Carolina furniture go on the block – but for how much?
Broadcast Date: 1/30/2014
Antiquing in Historic Edenton with Thomas Newbern, Samuel Dixon & MESDA Chief Curator Robert Leath
We explore historic Edenton with two local collectors and historians, Thomas Newbern and Samuel Dixon. Residents of this historic town preserve and treasure its homes, buildings and antiques in traditional settings. We start with The Edenton Tea Party of 1774, and then continue with a newly discovered brick foundation which could turn out to be North Carolina’s first Colonial Capitol of 1715, then onto other historic buildings. MESDA’s Chief Curator Robert Leath shows you how to research your own furniture item to find its provenance. Come explore, walk around, stop by and visit a while - Edenton's history and people will charm you.
Broadcast Date: 2/20/2014
Moravian Potters & Pottery with Moravian Collector Barry Sidden & Old Salem Curator Johanna Brown
Settling in the Yadkin River Basin in the mid 1700’s, Moravian potters dug their clay and created some of the finest ceramic works. Potters were essential to establishing Moravian communities in North Carolina's Piedmont. They made everything from building materials, such as bricks and pipes, to household goods, such as pots and pottery. These craftsmen built essential elements for the growing town and dedicated their work to God. Barry Sidden, Moravian Decorative Arts Collector, and Old Salem curator Johanna Brown take us on a tour of Old Salem to learn about their inspiration and why these items are so valued and collectible today.
Broadcast Date: 3/27/2014
Antiquing in Historic Hillsborough with auctioneer Leland Little & MESDA Associate Curator Daniel Ackermann
Hillsborough is the perfect historic town for antique collectors and history buffs alike. Take a tour of the town’s historic downtown buildings, museum and the beautifully preserved early 19th century plantation home ‘Ayr Mount.’ Bid on exclusive antiques at the nationally known Leland Little Auction House and search for collectibles in the Daniel Boone Village. We learn how to start a meaningful personal collection, and how and where to find that special treasured item from MESDA Associate Curator Daniel Ackermann.
Broadcast Date: 4/17/2014
Historic Hope Plantation with Historian and Collector Thomas Newbern & MESDA Chief Curator Robert Leath
Historic Hope Plantation in eastern North Carolina was once the center of a thriving community in Bertie County. Well preserved buildings, highly valued antique furniture, paintings, maps and documents capture the state’s landscape and people as they once were and are there for you to explore. Items such as turned chairs, corner cupboards and cellarets are highly priced in today’s antiques market and part of a unique tradition crafted by the Roanoke River Basin cabinetmakers of the Albemarle region. We visit an original 18th-century cabinetmaker’s shop and plantation with Thomas Newbern and MESDA Chief Curator Robert Leath, who explain the particular attributes of the region’s furniture and demonstrate why they are so prized by collectors today.