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Bienenstock Furniture Library Hosts Free Events, May 11 & 13

Furniture World News Desk on 5/1/2016

As part of a week long (May 9-15) event christened "Celebrate The Old North State!", the Bienenstock Furniture Library is hosting two extraordinary events.

On Wednesday May 11 at 2PM, The Furniture Library will host Johanna Metzgar Brown, Director of Collections and Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museum and Gardens for a presentation on the history of Moravian decorative arts in North Carolina between 1753 and 1850.

Reserve a Space for The history of Moravian Decorative Arts in North Carolina between 1753 and 1850 on Wednesday May 11 at 2:00PM.

On Friday, May 13, The Library will host Randell Jones, award winning author and storyteller. He is the author of several history books about the frontier and Revolutionary War era in North Carolina including In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain. During the day he will share stories from Scoundrels, Rogues, and Heroes of the Old North State to celebrate the recent audio recording of that book by the NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Throughout the day, visitors can view his new video about the Battle of King's Mountain, The American Spirit-1780, running continually in the Library's Hadley Court Room on its 80-inch screen. At 1:30, Randell will share a few tales in a half-hour program about Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina.

Reserve a space for "Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina" on Friday May 13 at 1:30PM

Each of these events is part of a larger gala celebrating the art, architecture, garden tours, concerts, historic preservation symposiums, and access to private destinations.

The idea for "Celebrate the Old North State-High Point" began almost two years ago as a tea to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Alexander Martin chapter of NSDAR. It is now a major event with more than 35 participating organizations, and 30+ local merchants and restaurants.

Most of the events are free, but many require reservations and tickets. The website highlights those exhibits, museums and gardens that are open all week, along with single performances. The entire week of activities is open to all!

Complete schedule of events.

Visit http://theoldnorthstatehp.com or https://www.facebook.com/CelebrateNC for complete details of this weeklong celebration organized by the Alexander Martin Chapter NSDAR to commemorate its 100th anniversary.

More about The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution mission is to promote historic preservation, patriotism, and education. The local chapter, 113 members strong, gives awards for good citizenship, American history essays, and historic preservation. It supports armed forces and veterans, and two major homes and schools for children. https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderMartinDAR/

More about Johanna Metzgar Brown: Johanna Metzgar Brown is the director of collections and curator of Moravian Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has a BA in American Studies and Anthropology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York. In 1991, after completing her MA, Johanna began working at Old Salem where she has served in various curatorial positions. Although her primary research focus is the Moravian Decorative Arts collection at Historic Old Salem, Johanna also works with the collections the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). She has written for a variety of publications including Ceramics in America, The Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts, The Magazine Antiques, and Antiques and Fine Art and lectures regularly on Moravian and southern material culture.

More about Randell Jones: Award winning author and storyteller Randell Jones adopted North Carolina as home after earning his MBA at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985. During the past 20 years he has written books and articles, produced videos and audio programs, and shared with audiences in person remarkable tales about the Tar Heel State and its unique and colorful history. He currently curates the free, online reprise of "Before Liberty" by Roy Thompson at www.BeforeLiberty.com. This is a series of feature articles in the Winston-Salem Journal written about North Carolina from discovery to independence during America's Bicentennial. Jones is the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett, Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain, Trailing Daniel Boone, and The Daniel Boone Wagon Train-1963-1973. He has received awards from the North Carolina Society of Historians, the Kentucky Historical Society, the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Jones is a past president of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and consulted for a dozen years with the National Park Service on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Randell lives in Winston-Salem with his wife. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren, Tar Heel-born. (www.danielboonefootsteps.com)

More about Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library: The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is a worldwide center for research, design, and collaboration. It holds the world's largest collection of rare and significant books on the history and design of furniture, with more than 5,000 volumes.

The Library is located in High Point, NC and is open to members of the home furnishings industry, students and the general public. The Library was founded in 1970 with an endowment from Furniture World Magazine and the Bienenstock family. It is supported by a board of directors from nearly every facet of the home furnishings industry. It is devoted the advancement of knowledge about design, furniture, interiors, architecture, textiles, finishes, and constructions.

The Library's rare book collection contains volumes published since 1543. A special climate controlled room houses these rare volumes. It is a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone interested in home furnishings and interior design.

The Library's facilities include the Vuncannon Seminar Room, the high tech Hadley Court Center For Design Collaboration and the Pat Plaxico Sculpture Gardens. These areas are available for seminars, classes, events, meetings, design collaborations, networking and design retreats for a small honorarium.

In addition, the Library operates a specialty bookstore selling significant contemporary works, out-of-print, and hard-to-find volumes. For more information visit www.furniturelibrary.com or contact Karla Webb, Library Director at info@furniturelibrary.com or 336-883-4011.