Journey Stories Visits The N.C. Transportation Museum

Release date: 1/1/2013

N.C. Transportation Museum Hosts “Journey Stories”, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution and the N.C. Humanities Council
CONTACT: Mark Brown
                      Information & Communication Specialist
                      (704) 636-2889, ext 240
Journey Stories tells the tale of American journeys and how it shaped our culture and national identity
SPENCER, N.C. – The N.C. Transportation Museum is pleased to host a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution and the N.C. Humanities Council. The “Journey Stories” exhibit opens Jan. 5 with a reception for invited guests. The exhibit is free to anyone to view during its six week appearance at the museum, through Feb. 16. Regular museum admission applies to view other exhibits and to ride the on-site train.
Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America, a central element of our personal heritage. From Native Americans to new American citizens and regardless of our ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything, families and possessions, to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean.
The reasons behind those decisions are myriad. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures, or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers. Our transportation history is more than trains, boats, buses, cars, wagons, and trucks. The development of transportation technology was largely inspired by the human drive for freedom.
The exhibition focuses on why we work and the needs that our jobs fulfill. Our work takes place everywhere – on the land, on the streets of our communities, in offices and factories, in our homes, and even in space. An exploration of the tools and technologies that enabled and assisted workers also reveals how workers sometimes found themselves with better tools, but also with faster, more complex and often more stressful work environments.
The Journey Stories exhibit will be supplemented by two programs that tell more specific stories about journeys that are part of the American experience. 
Saturday, Jan. 26, Dr. Bill Anderson will speak about the removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homeland in the Southeast. 
Saturday, Feb. 9, Meltonia Young shares Stories from the Underground Railroad, part art exhibition, part history, and part decoding of the secrets behind the quilt patches that are synonymous with the Underground Railroad. 
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About the N.C. Transportation Museum
The N.C. Transportation Museum, located in historic Spencer Shops, the former Southern Railway repair facility is located just five minutes off I-85 at Exit 79 in Spencer, N.C., and about an hour from Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. The museum is part of the Division of Historic Sites and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit
Journey Storieshas been made possible at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer by the N.C. Humanities Council.

Journey Storiesis part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide.  Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.