Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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Folk Life Festival, Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9 from 10 am to 5 pm, Latta Plantation.

Arts and crafts vendors selling everything from jewelry to pottery. Local food and beverage vendors on site with BBQ, funnel cake and local beer. Children will enjoy storytelling, crafts, games, and face painting. There will be historic demonstration at the home and exhibit hall.  Entertainment by Southern Express bluegrass band.


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.


The Great Awakening, MHA North Branch Meeting, Tuesday, November 11 at 7 pm, Mt. Zion UMC, Cornelius.

Michael C. Scoggins, Historian for the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, SC and Research Director of The Southern Revolutionary War Institute, will discuss his new book, The Great Awakening and Southern Backcountry Revolutionaries, co-written with Dr. Richard Chacon of Winthrop University. Their book examines the Protestant religious revival in colonial America known as the Great Awakening, and documents the effect it had in the Southern backcountry in the years leading up to and during the American Revolution.


Lunch and Learn – Planting Bulbs now for Spring Blooms, Wednesday, November 12 at 12:30 to 1:30, Historic Rosedale.

Historic Rosedale’s Garden Curator Jeff Drum will talk about what bulbs you should be planting this fall for Spring blooms and which ones to plant next Spring for Summer and Fall blooms. Bring your questions and your lunch.


Backcountry Beer Fest, Saturday, November 8 at 1 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

Our second annual beer fest will again feature colonial beers made from the natural spring flowing on the home site.


Eyewitness to WWII,  Sunday, November 9 at 3 pm, Free, Duke Mansion.

Charlotte Observer reporter David Perlmutt is tracking down World War II veterans, most now in their 90s. He’ll bring some to share their stories including Henry Hirschmann, a Holocaust survivor who joined the U.S. Army “to get even” and fought through Europe; and Andy Andrews of Black Mountain, part of the third wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day.  Part of the Explore History series sponsored by Levine Museum of the New South and The Duke Mansion.


Southern Campaigns Rev War Roundtable at Washington, Ga., Saturday, November 8 from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Washington Women’s Club.

Short presentations and discussions by all interested in Revolutionary War topics.  Free, public invited to both SCAR events


Southern Campaign Corps of Discovery, Washington, Ga., Sunday November 9.

Tour the Kettle Creek battlefield and Robert Carr’s Fort with principal site archeologist Dan Elliott, military historian Steve Rauch, and historians Robert Scott “Bob” Davis and Walter Andrea http://www.southerncampaign.org/roundtables  Depart in a car pool at 9:00 am from the Washington Courthouse Square.


Life in the Waxhaws Lantern Tour, Saturday, November 8 from 6 pm, last tour at 7:30 pm, Andrew Jackson State Park, SC.

Spend an evening in the 18th-century.  See what life was like for early settlers living in the Waxhaws and how the American Revolution affected our region. Experience life in our area during Andrew Jackson’s time and watch as costumed volunteers bring the events that shaped the community to life and demonstrate the skills it took to survive in this backcountry settlement.


Veteran’s Day Encampment, Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9 from 9 am to 5 pm, Free, Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Visit the militia camp of the Backcountry Militia and help us honor all the Veterans.


Living History Weekend with the Guilford Militia, Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9 from 10 am to 4 pm, Free, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

The men and women of the Guilford Militia, an organization of dedicated Revolutionary War enthusiasts, will be presenting a variety of interpretive programs clad in replica Revolutionary War clothing and carrying the firearms of 1781 while living the life of the 1780’s soldier and camp follower.


Getting Started in Genealogy, Saturday, November 8 at 10 am, York County Historical Center Archives, 210 E. Jefferson Street, York, SC, York County Genealogical and Historical Society. 

Archivist Nancy Sambets will tell us about the kinds of materials that are available in the Archives and explain how to get started on basic genealogical research.  If you have wanted to get started on your family history, come and learn what the Historical Center Archives has that could help you.  If you want to learn more about York County’s history, come and learn what materials are available.