The Alamance County Historical Museum's latest lecture series will feature a halberd, crazy quilt and ladder back chairs.

William "Bill" Murray Vincent, director of the Alamance County Historical Museum, will present "Unique Items from the Collections of the Alamance County Historical Museum" at 6 p.m. June 20 at Michelle's Kitchen & Table, 2641 S. Church St., Burlington. Cost is $40 per person and reservations can be made by calling 336-226-8254 by Friday.

Twenty years ago, a halberd was discovered during an archaeological dig near the site of Pyle's Massacre.

"The spear-like element, circa 1781, was made out of iron and sat upon a wooden staff. It was used as a weapon during the Revolutionary War," Vincent said. "It was found off Highway 49 outside of Graham. The wooden staff had disintegrated, but the metal part remains. There is evidence that at one time this particular halberd had decorative elements because there are tiny holes drilled in it."

A crazy quilt, circa 1890, was donated by the Mebane family.

"This is believed to have been a display quilt and demonstrated the needlework talents of Mary Catherine Mebane, who later married Banks Holt," Vincent said. "It uses a lot of velvet and incorporates 25 different kinds of stitches."

Charlene Mebane donated the quilt. Her husband, the late Dr. Giles Yancey Mebane, was a direct descendant of Mary Catherine Mebane and a longtime physician in Mebane.

In addition to these two items, ladder back chairs, created by a former slave named Washington, will be discussed.

"There's an interesting peaking shape to the crestwell of the chair," Vincent said.