MESDA Journey: Raleigh & Rocky Mount

April 12-14, 2024 Raleigh, NC

MESDA Journey


Join us for a weekend in Raleigh and Rocky Mount, complete with an exclusive curator-led visit to see Layered Legacies: Quilts from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem at the North Carolina Museum of Art as well as some of the best private and public collections in the region.

Established as North Carolina’s capital city in 1792, Raleigh is home to some of North Carolina’s greatest museums and collections. Our weekend tour will highlight MESDA’s new exhibit and the newly installed American art galleries at North Carolina Museum of Art. Our time in Raleigh will also include visits to several important  homes and collection, including one of the city’s oldest surviving houses, recently restored. Our group will then head to Rocky Mount for an unforgettable evening at at an important collection of American decorative arts.  

Participants will benefit from the guidance of MESDA’s Chief Curator Daniel Ackermann, Curator of the MESDA Collection Lea Lane, as well the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American Art, Lauren Applebaum.  


Full registration for the MESDA Journey is $595.00 per person, which includes a tax-deductible $100.00 donation to MESDA’s Conservation Fund.  Registration does not include hotel accommodations. Frank L. Horton, Frederic William Marshall, or Flora Ann Bynum Membership required to join trip.

Register here!


(Subject to amendment)

Friday, April 12

We will meet in Raleigh, North Carolina where we’ll toast to the coming weekend and enjoy an opening reception and hors d’oeuvres at one of the city’s oldest houses which was recently saved from demolition by Preservation North Carolina and lovingly restored by its current owners.

Cocktail reception included

Saturday, April 13

Our day begins with a deep look at the Layered Legacies quilt exhibit with Curators Lea Lane and Lauren Applebaum. We’ll then explore the North Carolina Museum of Art’s American fine and decorative arts collection, including several important loans from the MESDA collection. We’ll end the day with dinner and cocktails at a spectacular private Rocky Mount home and collection, taking in some of the best decorative arts North Carolina has to offer.

Lunch and dinner included

Sunday, April 14

Before parting ways, we’ll conclude our trip with a closing breakfast hosted by a MESDA Advisory Board member.

Breakfast included


Trip Cost

$595.00 per person.  This price includes a fully tax-deductible $100.00 donation to MESDA’s Conservation Fund, detailed below. This price does not include hotel accommodations.

Departure and Return

The MESDA Journey will base its operations out of Hyatt House North Hills in Raleigh. Transportation will not be provided Friday night and Sunday morning, but will be provided from the hotel to all locations on Saturday, April 13th. Participants are responsible for costs associated with getting to and from the departure and return site.

Hotel Block

We have a hotel block at Hyatt House North Hills Raleigh (booking information below). We encourage you to stay there for ease of getting on the bus on Saturday, April 13th, but please feel free to stay elsewhere and meet us at the hotel that morning!

Hyatt House North Hills Raleigh
160 Park at North Hills St
Raleigh, NC 27609
Group Name: G-OSMG
Link to book here!


A $100.00 donation to MESDA’s Conservation Fund is required for participation in the MESDA Journey and is part of the $595.00 registration fee.  This gift is fully tax deductible and helps to provide needed conservation attention to MESDA’s decorative arts collections.


The proposed itinerary is subject to change as necessary.


This trip is limited to a maximum of 30 participants and requires a minimum of 14.  The trip will be cancelled if under-subscribed and registration fees will be refunded.  If interest exceeds the maximum, we will organize and maintain a waiting list on the basis in which registrations are received.

Included in the Trip Cost

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, and 1 private reception; private coach transportation on Saturday, April 13th; local guides; admission to museums, historic houses, and gardens; and gratuities for professional guides and coach driver. 

Not included in the Trip Cost

Transportation other than that specified in the itinerary, alcoholic beverages other than when provided, personal expenses, and trip insurance are not included.

Cancellation and Refunds

If you must cancel your reservation, you are urged to do so as soon as possible in writing to MESDA.  All cancellations are subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.  MESDA STRONGLY ENCOURAGES ALL PARTICIPANTS TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE TO PROTECT AGAINST CANCELLATIONS.


If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Bertram:
[email protected]