Celebrating Raleigh in the USA
We have became aware of two events that are being hosting at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s death.
On Thursday, Oct. 25 “Drinks With Sir Walter Raleigh” will be hosted where patrons will have a chance to “meet” Sir Walter while enjoying appetizers and beer/wine. Details can be found here
And then on Saturday, Oct. 27 a formal ceremony will be held in the historic House of Representatives Chamber. The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources are organising the event and in a recent press release described the event as follows:
Even 400 years after his death, Sir Walter Raleigh continues to intrigue. Raleigh sponsored three expeditions to Roanoke colony in the 1580s, the earliest British attempt to settle North America. In 1792, North Carolina’s legislature honored this feat by naming the state’s new capital city for the explorer, soldier, and writer.
On Saturday, October 27, the State Capitol will join worldwide remembrances of Raleigh by showcasing demonstrations of Elizabethan-era life on the Capitol grounds from noon-4 p.m. Re-enactors, including a portrayal of Sir Walter himself, will interact with visitors and offer activities such as dance demonstrations, Elizabethan game play, a brass rubbing activity station, scriptorium activity station, and tailoring demonstrations.
Inside the Capitol, visitors are invited to view a rare copy of a 1652 edition of The History of the World, written by Raleigh. The book is on short-term loan from the UNC Libraries at UNC Chapel Hill. At 3 p.m., a formal ceremony commemorating Raleigh’s life and legacy will be held in the historic House Chamber. NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will give remarks and dignitaries representing North Carolina and British organizations will participate.
This event is FREE and open to all. No reservations necessary. For more information about the Capitol or this event you can call +1 (919) 733-4994 or visit their site here where there is a link on the page to register for the event.