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The Greensboro Historical Museum shares the city’s history in ways that will inspire, challenge and even transform you. By collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting objects of our past, we help visitors explore the compelling social, political, economic and cultural history of the Greensboro region. You’ll make vibrant connections, not only with our history, but with your own story and ultimately with the wider community in which you live in ways that are relevant, engaging and fun.
The Greensboro Historical Museum preserves and shares Greensboro’s past and the city’s prominent place in American history. Our Collections document the many different nationalities and people who impacted the county’s history: Native Americans, Germans, African Americans, Quakers and Scots-Irish. Our archives and artifacts relate to the lives of prominent Guilford County residents, such as David Caldwell, First Lady Dolley Madison, Governor John Motley Morehead, author O.Henry and educator Charles Henry Moore. Next to our main museum in the Mary Lynn Richardson Park, visitors can see the 18th and 19th century households of Christian Isley and Francis McNairy, as well as the historic Hockett Blacksmith and Woodworking Shops and the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. And only four miles from our main campus, the museum’s David and Rachel Caldwell Historical Center chronicles the inspiring history of David Caldwell and his wife Rachel, as well as their contributions to local and national life prior to Greensboro’s founding in 1808. Throughout the museum, there are opportunities to explore the past as it happened from colonial times, through the Civil War, the rise of textile manufacturing in the South, to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. With more than 17,000 square feet of stories, the museum is a must-see attraction for anyone who is interested in history.
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