Inside of the Pullen Park historic carousel

Call for Pullen Park Artifact Donations

Help us celebrate the centennial anniversary of the historic Dentzel Carousel at Pullen Park in 2021! We're calling for donations of artifacts to feature in honor of this major milestone.

All submissions will be considered however, we are specifically searching for items from 2010 and earlier, with a heavy focus on the early years of Pullen Park.

Raleigh Parks would like to acquire images and artifacts that relate to the carousel and park grounds, including but not limited to:

  • Families riding the carousel, train, and/or peddle boats
  • Families around playground equipment
  • Scenes by Lake Howell
  • Many others!

Photographs can be of the carousel itself, as well as any major features or areas in the park that may appear substantially different than how they look today. We would also like to find images and objects relating to older events at the park as well. Our collection is currently extremely limited when it comes to artifacts and images dating back to the park’s debut in 1887 and we are looking for the community’s help in bringing this history back to life. Over the coming months, we will be developing programming, exhibits, and special events that are set to occur around the end of March 2021 to coincide with the first spin of this carousel in Pullen Park. With your help, we hope to display the stories of Pullen Park, the citizens of North Carolina, and the Dentzel Carousel through the years.

If you would like to submit something from your personal collection for review, please contact Curator of Collections, Ainsley Powell at or 919-996-4365.



Ainsley Powell, Collections Curator

Pullen Park
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