MHM to host two events on MLK Day

The Mebane Historical Museum, located at 209 W. Jackson Street in downtown Mebane, will be presenting two programs on one night the evening of Monday, January 20. From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., Karin Fuhrer-Thornton will be conducting a circular sock knitting machine demonstration on an old antique machine. At 7:00 p.m., The History of Social Diseases will go through the history of diseases that have spread through warfare and other human conditions. 

The Mebane Historical Museum, located at 209 W. Jackson Street in downtown Mebane, will be presenting two programs on one night the evening of Monday, January 20. 

6:30 – 7:00 Circular Sock Knitting Machine Demonstration: Karin Fuhrer-Thornton spent five years mastering an antique marvel of a machine that allowed women to “knit” socks while staying home from the mill in order to raise a family. Join us to watch a full demonstration of how this machine worked. Take advantage of this rare glimpse into home life for many Mebane women more than one hundred years ago. Main upstairs gallery. 

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The History of Social Diseases. If it’s January, then it’s history of health at MHM. What did Charles VIII of France, Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes of Spain, Benito Mussolini and Ivan the Terrible all have in common? Join us to learn the origins of diseases that have historically been stigmatized, considered disgraceful, and spread through war, exploration and plain old human contact. Lower Level Milton McDade Meeting Room. 

Mebane Historical Museum 

209 W. Jackson St. 

Mebane, NC 27302 

919.563-5054 

www.mebanehistoricalmuseum.org