Learn about the rich history of Orange County by attending one of our educational workshops and programs

In accordance with safety guidelines during COViD-19, we have organized many online programs to provide you with a virtual museum experience.

The Networks of Early North Carolina History

A Four-part Series presented by Tom Magnuson


Part 1:  "First Contact: Native Americans and Europeans in the Sounds, 1524-1650"

Part 2:  May 6 at 7PM - "Carolina's First Permanent European Settlement, 1650-1705"

Part 3:  August 5 at 7PM- "Moving into the Backcountry, 1704-1754"


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Part 4:  October, 7 at 7pm - "The Lasting Impacts of Carolina's First Settlers"

In this series, Tom Magnuson will present some of his findings from his thirty years of studying the earliest commercial transportation networks in the Southeast of North America.  The programs will begin as virtual events but, if COViD restrictions are lifted, may be offered in person as well.

Tom Magnuson is the founder and CEO of the Trading Path Association (TPA).  The TPA is a non-profit organization committed to finding and protecting remnants of the Contact Era in the southeast.  It does so by finding the old trade routes of England’s first frontier, the “backcountry” of the southeast.   Prior to founding the TPA, Magnuson enjoyed an unconventional high-tech career first in the integrated circuit industry and government service, and later in the software business.

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