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Carol Ghiorsi Hart, “NC Democracy: 11 Elections” (March 30)
March 30, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Carol Ghiorsi Hart, Director, Greensboro History Museum
NC Democracy: 11 Elections
Carol Ghiorsi Hart is the director of the Greensboro History Museum, NC. She is from NY, where she was the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium. She studied cultural anthropology with a minor in the arts and anthropology, at Indiana University, and has been an educator, curator and adjunct professor.
In addition to leading the work of documenting, preserving and exploring the history of now in collaboration with Greensboro’s communities, she is part of the team preparing for the next major museum exhibition, NC Democracy. One of her major goals is to reframe perceptions about history museums to include community connectors, empathy builders and place-makers. A plaque on her desk reads “It’s kind of fun to do the Impossible.” Walt Disney
Carol’s museum work has brought her to Japan and Germany (researching planetarium projectors), in an ambulance with a three-thousand year old mummy (to get a CT-Scan and x-rays), running through the fields chasing sheep (when Carol was director of the Smithtown Historical Society, they had an historic farm with poor fences) and atop 16 foot ladders painting murals (for Vanderbilt’s historic marine museum).
Since coming to Greensboro, she has had even more exiting adventures: meeting documentary film maker Ken Burns, who came to the museum to see the Civil War collections; a trip to the Smithsonian Institution as a courier for Dolley Madison’s scarlet dress for a new exhibit; autographing first-day envelopes following the national unveiling ceremony of the new O. Henry Forever stamp at the museum and meeting comedian/actor Ken Jeong, who was featured in the museum’s exhibition, Second Generation Asian Americans. Carol’s worked alongside her museum/community team in Greensboro to create the museum’s most recent exhibition, “Pieces of Now “Murals, Masks, Community Stories and Conversations” that has won multiple national awards, including the American Association of State and Local History’s 2021 History in Progress Award.
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