Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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The First American Declaration of Independence? MHA Docent Program, Tuesday, November 4, Fellowship Hall, Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church.

Refreshments at 9:30, business meeting at 10, and program at 11. Visitors are welcome.

Scott Syfert, Attorney, Author,  Historian and a founder of the May 20th Society, will recount the history of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence as set forth in his new book, The First American Declaration of Independence? The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of May 20, 1775. He will tell of the ten years of investigation and research that went into the writing and of the strong support he received from the Mecklenburg history community in this task.  In this lively telling he recounts the complete history of the historic act and the controversy that later surrounded it.  It is the first book on this subject in the last 50 years and the first complete telling of the entire story.  Bring your copy for him to sign or buy one at the program.


William R. Davie Plaque Dedication, Wednesday, November 5, at 6 to 8 pm, William R. Davie Park.

In South Mecklenburg County, on the Pineville-Matthews Road near Rea Road lies the William R. Davie County Park. The fact that there was no information at the park about just who Wm. R. Davie was has bothered historians for many years.  Today there is a handsome bronze plaque mounted on the front wall of the park’s conference center.  There will be a reception and viewing of the plaque with remarks from Davie himself, as interpreted by Jim Williams.


Spirits of Rosedale, Fridays and Saturday, October 24, 25 and 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Historic Rosedale Plantation.

Join us for Halloween as the Spirits of Rosedale come back to life. Discover why, even today, they remain in this 200 year-old plantation. Let the spirits transport you through the history of this mysterious place. Meet spirits bound by tragic epidemics, insanity, greed, and hope for freedom on the Underground Railroad. Don’t linger too long with the spirits…. they might put the Hoodoo on you! Appropriate for ages six and up.


Revolutionary War Field Days, Saturday and Sunday, November 1 and 2 from 10 am to 5 pm, Historic Camden, SC.

Muskets and Cannons roar as Redcoats & Patriots face off on the battlefield. The camps are alive with soldiers and Colonial demonstrators. Tavern tales, artillery demos, a period fashion show, Kershaw House tours, “War in the Backcountry” discussion, sutlers row shops, kid’s activities, food concessions, free parking, no pets.


The Road to Black Ned’s Forge, History Talks Lecture Series, Saturday, November 1 at 1 pm, Charlotte Museum of History. Historian and Professor Dr. Turk McCleskey will discuss his book, The Road to Black Ned’s Forge:  A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier.


Halloween on the Square, Friday, October 31 from 6 to 9 pm, Free, Gaston County Museum.

The Town of Dallas will host its annual Halloween on the Square Program. Children of all ages can walk along the historic square and trick or treat from community organizations. The Gaston County Museum will have games popular during the 1800s.