OUR COMPLETE HISTORY EVENT CALENDAR


History of the Steele Creek Community Tuesday, February 7
History of the Steele Creek Community
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
MHA Docent Program
Fellowship Hall
Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church
Refreshments at 9:30
Business meeting at 10
Program at 11
Visitors are always welcome.
Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, formed in 1760, was one of the 'seven sisters' of early Mecklenburg churches. Linda Blackwelder will introduce us to the Steele Creek settlement in the southwest corner of Mecklenburg County. She'll talk about some of the earliest settlers including those who were signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. She'll tell us some interesting but little known facts about the area, and about the local effects brought about by the Revolutionary War. Linda will show us pictures of a number of old homes and buildings, and talk about their significance. Today Steele Creek is rapidly changing, but probably not for the better. Airport expansion and new office park construction are infringing dramatically on Steele Creek's historic fabric. Linda Blackwelder has lived in Steele Creek for many years, and has conducted much in-depth research into its past. She has long been an active member and leader of the Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society. She is currently working with other community members to preserve, if possible, the old Steele Creek Presbyterian Church and graveyard which are endangered by airport growth. The cemetery contains a number of elegantly carved, and very fragile, stones sculpted by members of the Bigham family workshop. Linda will bring us up to date on their situation.

The Uncommon Bond of Julia and Rose Saturday, February 11
The Uncommon Bond of Julia and Rose
Saturday, February 11, 2017
1 pm
Free
Charlotte Museum of History
Author Ann Williams has researched and written about antebellum plantations for many years, and has been an interpreter at most of Mecklenburg's historic plantation sites. She will talk about how her new book came to be, do a bit of myth busting, and cite historic sources for some of the story's events. Then she will open the floor for discussion. Books will be available for purchase.

Winter Holidays Celebration Saturday, February 11, 2017
Winter Holidays Celebration
Saturday, February 11, 2017
6 pm
Charlotte Museum of History
Learn about Twelfth Night and other winter festivities of colonial times with candlelight tours of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite plus musket firing, games of chance, crafts, cider tasting by Red Clay Ciderworks, music and a bonfire.

U.S. Colored Troops Living History Saturday, February 11, 2017
U.S. Colored Troops Living History,
Saturday, February 11, 2017
2 to 4 pm
Independence Regional Library
Maurice Johnson, a member of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops Reenactment Group will present and discuss African American troops from the Revolutionary War to Civil War and after. Find out how African American soldiers entered into the armed forces, how they lived, what conditions they faced, and how their role was vital in both wars. Mr. Johnson will be in full reenactment uniform.

U.S. Colored Troops Living History Saturday, February 18, 2017
U.S. Colored Troops Living History
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11 am to 3 pm
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
Maurice Johnson, a member of the 102nd U.S. Colored Troops Reenactment Group will present and discuss African American troops from the Revolutionary War to Civil War and after. Find out how African American soldiers entered into the armed forces, how they lived, what conditions they faced, and how their role was vital in both wars. Mr. Johnson will be in full reenactment uniform.

A Century of Helping Hands Exhibit February 4 through June 24, 2017
A Century of Helping Hands Exhibit
Saturday, February 4 through June 24, 2017
Matthews Heritage Museum
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Red Cross in Mecklenburg County. This chapter was founded during the First World War to provide assistance to the Soldiers at Camp Greene.

Preserving Your Family Heirlooms Workshops Sundays at 2 p.m., February, March, and April, 2017
Preserving Your Family Heirlooms Workshops
Sundays at 2 pm
Iredell Museum, Statesville
The Iredell Museum presents a series of six workshops every other Sunday in February, March and April. The first workshop is on textiles, Sunday, February 12 at 2 pm at the Museum in Statesville. Other sessions will cover photography, china, metals paintings, and other subjects. Advanced reservations required, see the web site for details and to register.
www.iredellmuseums.org

Putting Down Roots: Grounding Your Ancestors in Time and Place Genealogy Workshop Saturday, February 25, 2017
On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, the North Carolina Genealogical Society will be presenting its Spring Workshop in Gastonia, a first for our area. Co-sponsored by the Schiele Museum and the Gaston County Public Library, Putting Down Roots: Grounding Your Ancestors in Time and Place will be an all-day presentation featuring two of North Carolina's leading genealogists, Jeff Haines and Diane L. Richard. Sessions, of interest to both beginning and more experienced family historians, will cover using census records, dealing with the documents produced by our fluctuating border with South Carolina, using timelines, and genealogical gems hidden in Tarheel repositories. Additionally, registered attendees are invited to a special open house to use the North Carolina Collection at the Gaston County Public Library from 2:00 to 5:00 on Friday, Feb. 24. The workshop will be at the Schiele Museum, 1500 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, from 8:45 to 4:00. The registration fee includes lunch. Prepaid registration is required by Feb. 17. To register for the workshop, go to the NCGS webpage, www.ncgenealogy.org
Paper registration forms are also available at the main library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia. For further information, contact Anne Gometz, Gaston County Public Library, 704-868-2164 x 2.

Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights February 16, 2017
Mecklenburg County Bar
2850 Zebulon Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina
RSVP to 704.416.0150 by February 15 A book release and lecture to remember Julius Chambers with Drs. Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier, authors of Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights. This program is sponsored by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, and the Mecklenburg County Bar. Born in the hamlet of Mount Gilead, North Carolina, Julius Chambers (19362013) escaped the fetters of the Jim Crow South to emerge in the 1960s and 1970s as the nation's leading African American civil rights attorney. Following passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Chambers worked to advance the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's strategic litigation campaign for civil rights, ultimately winning landmark school and employment desegregation cases at the U.S. Supreme Court. Undaunted by the dynamiting of his home and the arson that destroyed the offices of his small integrated law practice, Chambers pushed federal civil rights law to its highwater mark. In this biography, Richard A. Rosen and Joseph Mosnier connect the details of Chambers's life to the wider struggle to secure racial equality through the development of modern civil rights law. Tracing his path from a dilapidated black elementary school to counsel's lectern at the Supreme Court and beyond, they reveal Chambers's singular influence on the evolution of federal civil rights law after 1964.

Concerts @ the Courthouse featuring Big Ron Hunter Friday, February 10, 2017
Concerts @ the Courthouse featuring Big Ron Hunter
Inside the Historic Dallas Courthouse
Friday, February 10, 2017
7:00- 8:30pm
Free Event
The Gaston County Museum of Art & History, in partnership with the Town of Dallas and Gaston County Department of Travel & Tourism, is proud to announce the Concerts @ the Courthouse Series. The music series takes place in the Historic Dallas Courthouse and includes three events throughout February and March highlighting the sound and artistry of the Carolina Piedmont. The first performance of the series will be Big Ron Hunter. Big Ron Hunter is called the world's happiest Bluesman. Born in Winston-Salem, he first picked up the guitar in the 1960s and played with various local bands in his home town. He was mentored by blues legends such as Guitar Gabriel to help craft his personal style. What most people know Ron from is his unique voice. It is a voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that's raw, pure and beautiful. Ron has played several times in the area, but this will be his first performance in the courthouse and he plans on turning it into a house of blues. The Historic Dallas Courthouse is located at 131 North Gaston Street, Dallas. Reservations are not required and admission is free. Craft beer by Ole Dallas Brewery will be available for purchase. For more information contact Jason Luker, Assistant Director, 704-922-7681, ext. 105 or jason.luker@gastongov.com.

Concerts @ the Courthouse featuring MerleFest on the Road Friday, February 24, 2017
Concerts @ the Courthouse featuring MerleFest on the Road
Inside the Historic Dallas Courthouse
Friday, February 24, 2017
7:00- 9:00pm
Free Event
The Gaston County Museum of Art & History, in partnership with the Town of Dallas and Gaston County Department of Travel & Tourism, is proud to announce the MerleFest on the Road concert on Friday, February 24th at 6:30pm. This performance is part of the Concerts @ the Courthouse Series.
MerleFest, the popular Americana music festival founded by the legendary Doc Watson, will give music lovers in Gaston County community a sneak peak of the spring festival when it brings MerleFest on the Road to the historic courthouse. This performance will include three bands demonstrating the different styles of music that will be performed at the main festival in April. This night's event will include Jonathan Bryd & the Pickup Cowboys, Locust Honey, and Mark Bumgarner. Jonathan Byrd is an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC. Along with his band, the Pickup Cowboys, they are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists that entertain and get audiences involved in the show. Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in old-time, bluesgress, and pre-war blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. Along with bassist John Miller, they form band Locust Honey. They are known for their traditional sounds and vintage vocal harmonies. Mark Bumgarner's musical influences span the American landscape, from the traditional sounds of the Appalachian Mountains, to the West Coast country and folk rock of the 60's and 70's. Since returning home to North Carolina, Mark has focused on his personal style that is a blend of roots country, bluegrass and rockin' hillbilly blues that is true Southern Americana. The Historic Dallas Courthouse is located at 131 North Gaston Street, Dallas. Craft beer by Ole Dallas Brewery will be available for purchase. This concert is free and seats are provided first come, first served. The doors will open for admittance at 6:00pm. Museum Members are able to make reservations by contacting Jason Luker, Assistant Director, 704-922-7681, ext. 105 or jason.luker@gastongov.com.

Big Backyard Bird Count Saturday, February 18
Big Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:00am-1:00pm
Free
Historic Rosedale is a registered site for the 2016 Big Backyard Bird Count this year and we welcome anyone who would like to participate in this highly recognized Audubon event to visit our 8.9 acre urban green space and National Wildlife Federation certified bird-friendly habitat. We suggest you wear warm clothes and bring your binoculars as well as gloves and hats (and maybe a thermos of hot chocolate and a blanket to sit on) as February is not known for it's warm and hospitable weather. You can stay for anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours.
The event is free and we will provide the needed observation forms.
We do ask that you sign up on our website ahead of time to ensure that we have enough tracking forms for all guests.
For participants that sign up by February 15 you are eligible to purchase a buy one get one free ticket for the 1:30 tour of the 200 year year old Federal home which is the centerpiece of this beautiful property.

Charlotte Folk Society Gathering and Jams Friday, February 10, 2017
Charlotte Folk Society Gathering and Jams
Friday, February 10, 2017
Features Bluegrass by Grammy-nominated band Special Consensus
Free
Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte. 7:30 PM. Doors open 7:00 PM. Family-friendly and Free; donations appreciated. Free parking. Refreshments, song circle, songwriter's workshop, and jams follow concert. Accessible entry & elevator on ground floor. 704-563-7080
www.folksociety.org

Polk Pop Up Program: Historic Tatting Saturday, February 11, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Pineville, NC
Polk Pop Up Program: Historic Tatting
Join volunteer Michele Glover as she leads a pop up Historic Tatting demonstration. Michele will lead visitors through a hands-on demonstration of this historic weaving technique. This is a drop in program. No reservations necessary.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
www.nchistoricsites.org/polk.org
www.jameskpolk.net

Volunteer Orientation Thursday, February 16, 2017
February 16, 2017
President James K. Polk State Historic Site
Volunteer Orientation
This is the first step in training for the Polk Volunteer Program. Learn about the guidelines and requirements for being a Polk Site volunteer, complete new volunteer paperwork, and sign up for volunteer training days.
Hours: 5:45 to 6:30 pm.
Admission: Free.
www.nchistoricsites.org/polk
www.jameskpolk.net

Pruning Workshop with Dr. Larry Mellichamp Saturday, February 18, 2017
Pruning Workshop with Dr. Larry Mellichamp
February 25
10:00am-1:00pm
Cost: $45.00 pre-registration required by Wednesday, February 23
How does pruning help? Botanist, Dr. Mellichamp will demonstrate how proper pruning increases flower production, encourages new and healthy growth and provides the basis for a beautifully shaped tree, shrub and perennial. Come join us for an hour of classroom demonstration followed by 2 hours of observation and hands-on pruning. Limited to 8 participants.

Lecture: Love Stories of the Carolina Presidents Saturday, February 18, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Lecture: Love Stories of the Carolina Presidents
In partnership with Andrew Jackson State Park, this two-part lecture will center on the relationships between Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and their wives.
Hours: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Admission: Free
Location: Andrew Jackson State Park: 196 Andrew Jackson Park Rd, Lancaster, SC 29720.

Abraham Lincoln is Coming to Town Thursday, February 23, 2017
Abraham Lincoln is Coming to Town
The Sons of the American Revolution will welcome Abraham Lincoln to Charlotte at their President's Day Community Dinner on Thursday, February 23, beginning at 6 pm at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Drive in Charlotte. Historical actor Dennis Boggs will present an enlightening, informative, and educational look at the life of the 16th President as it would have been told by Mr. Lincoln himself: From Lincoln's birth in the wilderness of Kentucky to his early years in Indiana and Illinois from storekeeper to self-taught lawyer and politician through his years as President during the Civil War and his death at the hands of an assassin in Ford's Theater. Mr. Boggs is a fulltime Lincoln presenter with over 250 performances per year, coast to coast. Admission to the dinner and evening program with Mr. Lincoln is $28 per person or $15 for children's dinner. Mail your check, made payable to the Mecklenburg Chapter SAR, c/o Tom Phlegar, 7324 Marlbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212-4770. For more information, or ticket requests for larger groups please contact Jay Joyce at jay@mecklenburgsar.org, 704-526-9548., or www.mecklenburgsar.org/chapternews_abraham_lincoln_2017dinner.html

Forging Ahead Saturday, February 25, 2017
Forging Ahead
Saturday, February 25, 2017
12:00-4:00pm
$12
February is Black History Month. It is a time to look back at the heritage of slavery in our nation, and celebrate the achievements of African Americans in our community. On February 25th we invite you to join us for a unique smithy demonstration where you can see our blacksmith at work and talk to trained docents. Learn about this 200 year old property, her enslaved residents and find out about some big plans for our future. In addition to the smithy demonstrations we are excited to host an informal talk and book signing from local African American Authors & Historians from 12:00-1:30. Authors to include: Bee Jay Caldwell Kimberlee E. Cox Carl Gamble Barbara Jackson The Forging Ahead Program is only $12 and includes admission to our 1:30 or 3:00 house tour.
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