Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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To the Tune of Yankee Doodle, Tuesday May 2, MHA Docent Program.

Fellowship Hall of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church. Refreshments at 9:30, business meeting at 10, and program at 11.  Visitors are always welcome.

Janet Dyer will present this program about one of our oldest and most beloved tunes. Most Americans know the song “Yankee Doodle”.  From the 1760’s when British soldiers sang it to mock their American allies in the French and Indian War to the Americans’ claiming it as their own during the American Revolution to the present.  Find out more about the history of this popular tune.  Listen to different versions of the tune and dust off your dancing shoes to learn a dance to “Yankee Doodle” – no experience required.

Janet is a MHA Docent with an interest and expertise in early music. You may have seen her when appeared before our group with her fellow musicians, The Limbertwigs.


Hidden Treasure House Tour, Tuesday, May 9 at 6:45 pm, MHA North Branch Meeting.

Meet at Lancaster’s BBQ, 9230 Beatties Ford Road for an early dinner at 5:30 pm. At 6:45 pm we will visit a restored cabin from the White and McKnight family.  If you are planning to eat at Lancaster’s, contact  Sarah Sue Hardinger, sarahsuenc@gmail.com 704-906-6656 so she can reserve a table.  Or just show up at Lancaster’s at 6:45.


Music, Dance ‘n Que Fest, Saturday, May 6 from 11 am to 3 pm, Free, BBQ plate $10.00, President James K. Polk State Historic Site.

Artists will dance, sing and play their way through historic tunes, folk songs and bluegrass music. Bring a chair or a blanket.


Let the Land Say… Amen, Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, May 7 at 10 am. Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, York, SC.

On Saturday this festival will tell the story of Elias Hill, a former slave who led the migration of freed slaves from York County to Liberia after facing acts of terrorism by the Ku Klux Klan. It will also tell the history of the Clay Hill Community near Hill’s Iron Works and Plantation.  There will be guided tours and a short film on Allison Creek Presbyterian Church built in 1854 by the enslaved and the church’s recent visit to Liberia.  Food concessions will be available.

On Sunday there will be an outdoor service at 10 am and a state marker will be unveiled commemorating Elias Hill and the Liberian migration.


World War II Reenactment, Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Latta Plantation.

Time travel back into the war-torn countryside of Germany to see troops in action. Meet uniformed Allied and Axis soldiers and see their accoutrements up close. Learn of the impact WWII had on the home front. Living history all day, battle reenactment at 2 pm.


Hugh Torance House and Store Tours, Sunday May 7 from 2 to 5 pm, Free, Donations Accepted.

The Hugh Torance House and Store is a Mecklenburg treasure. The log house section was built about 1780.  In 1805 the building was expanded to include a store which operated until 1825.  As the family obtained land it became a cotton plantation of 3,000 acres worked by a hundred slaves.


Sheepshearing & Other Rites of Spring, Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 5 pm, Schiele Museum, Gastonia.

Historical interpreters will card and spin freshly shorn wool into thread. Try your hand at shearing or weaving on a tapeloom. Visit the kitchen garden in springtime finery to discover heritage herbs and vegetables.


Captain Jack’s Historic Bike Ride, Saturday, May 6 at 2 pm, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Free.

In the summer of 1775, Captain James Jack, rode 450 miles to deliver the Meck Dec to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In honor of this there will be a bike ride from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery to historical locations around Charlotte, finishing there with a social. Visit www.bikecharlotte.org  for more information.  Sponsored by the May 20th Society.


Charlotte Neighborhood Walking Tour – NoDa, Saturday May 6 at 10:30 to 11:30 am, Sponsored by The Charlotte Museum of History, Free, Reservations required.

Join us for a one-hour walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood that began as a mill village. The tour will begin at Benny’s Pizza, 2909 N. Davidson Street and end there with a reception.


Earl Scruggs: Banjo Icon, Book Launch, Saturday, May 6 from 2 to 4 pm, Earl Scruggs Center, Shelby.

Authors Gordon Castelnero and David L. Russell launch the first biography of Grammy winner Earl Scruggs. They will share stories and field questions and there will be a pickin’ session with Terry Baucom, Jason Burleson, Marc Pruitt and Kristin Scott Benson.


The Longrifle Makers of the Mecklenburg School, Monday May 8 at 6:30 pm, at the Robert Munday House, 4353 N. Hwy 16, Denver, Lincoln County Historical Association, Free.

Author and longrifle expert Michael Briggs will discuss the longrifles of the Mecklenburg School, from 1760 to 1835, which includes those made in Lincoln County. Only 19 rifles and one pistol from this school are known to exist.  If you have a longrifle that might date from this era, bring it to the museum.