Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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The Battle of the Bulge, Saturday, February 18 from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, February 19 from noon to 4 pm, Historic Latta Plantation.

On this weekend Latta Plantation is transformed to Belgium in the winter of 1944-1945 as the Germans made their last push to destroy the British and American Armies. There will be demonstration of drills and patrols, weapons and life in a foxhole plus battles each day at 1:45 pm.

 

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 http://www.mecklenburgsar.org/chapternews_abraham_lincoln_2017dinner.html

 

Pruning Workshop, Saturday, February 25 at 10 am, Historic Rosedale, Cost $45.

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 or perennial. One hour of classroom demonstration followed by 2 hours of observation and hands-on pruning.

 

Forging Ahead, Saturday, February 25 from noon to 4 pm, Historic Rosedale.

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. 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. 

 

Family Fun Days, Saturdays, February 25 from 1 to 4 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, Free.

The Charlotte Museum of History will partner with Drums 4 Life to produce three Family Fun Days that celebrate African American culture. The February event will focus on self-determination through the history of public schools, work force housing, and Brooklyn, Charlotte’s thriving African American neighborhood that was destroyed through urban renewal.

 

Cherokee Attack, Saturday February 25 from 9 am to 5 pm with an evening program at 6:30. Sunday February 26 from 10 am to 3 pm, Free, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site.

This living history program commemorates the 1760 Cherokee attack on Fort Dobbs. The weekend will feature on-going displays of military camp life, as well as scheduled musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

 

Winter on the Backcountry Farm, Saturday, February 25 from 11 am to 2 pm, Schiele Museum, Gastonia.

Cold season or warm, Backcountry folk were always busy, carving a life in the wilderness. Visit the Backcountry Farm for a glimpse of winter chores and pastimes on the early Carolina frontier.

 

Mid-Century Modernism: Architecture & Interior Design, Sunday, February 26 at 3 pm, Free, Duke Mansion.

Ron Crider will discuss mid-century Charlotte architecture and interior design and show the design elements that influenced mid-century home construction and interior design from the 1930s through the 1960s.