Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

For site contact information see the most recent MHA Docents Dandelion Newsletter


Voices From The Past, Saturday, April 1 from 1 to 5 pm, Old Settlers Cemetery, Elmwood and Pinewood Cemeteries, Free, Free Parking.

The MHA Docents are presenting a new event where many of the “residents” of these cemeteries will come to life for the afternoon and visit with you. Our portrayers will impersonate familiar characters from our local history, and some you have never heard of. For free parking at Elmwood, enter by the Cedar Street entrance.  At Settlers, on-street metered parking is always free on Saturdays and we have arranged for free parking at an E-Z Park lot on 6th Street.  Only park in the one lot with a sign saying Voices From The Past.

At Settlers meet Col. Thomas Polk, the founder of Charlotte, and Mary, the wife of Joel Baldwin the hatter whose grave is the oldest in the cemetery.  In a corner of Settlers’ you’ll encounter Aggie and Cherry who were enslaved at Rosedale.  They’ll talk about their lives, and they might well spread a bit of gossip about the white people.

At Elmwood meet Dr. Annie Alexander, the South’s first licensed female physician; a former mayor named for the Swamp Fox and a circus trainer mauled to death by his elephant. Talk with the founder of Thompson’s Orphanage, the great-grandmother of Romare Bearden and a Victorian funeral director who might help you in planning your own funeral.  Do enjoy the day.    


MHA Docents Field Trip to Historic Brattonsville Tuesday, April 4 from 10 am to 3 pm, Free.

Our field trip this spring is to Historic Brattonsville, a 19th Century cotton plantation west of Rock Hill, SC. They have planned a full day for us starting at 10 am with a special tour on the lives of the enslaved, an afternoon program on cotton growing and a visit to the slave cemetery. Visitors are welcome.

If you plan to attend send an email to mhadandelion@mindspring.com so we can get an accurate head count. If you want a box lunch, say so in the email, tell us if you want a ham or turkey sandwich and mail your check for $10.00 per lunch to MHA, PO Box 35032, Charlotte, NC 28235. We need to have the check by March 30. Or you may bring your own lunch but do send us an email for our head count.


Rosedale Spring Cleaning, Saturday, April 1 from 10 am to 2 pm, Free, Historic Rosedale.

Come to the Historic Rosedale Spring Cleaning and purchase some of her treasures plus those donated by our friends. See the Facebook page for item listings.  And if you would like to donate something, contact roseedu@historicrosedale.org


Exploring a Catawba Valley Victory Trail, Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm, North County Public Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.

Award-winning author and storyteller, Randell Jones will tell of recent discoveries showing that a quarter of the men who fought at Kings Mountain marched through Mecklenburg County and up the Catawba River to join with the Overmountain Men. Hear this new history, and meet representatives from area historical sites and organizations.


Elizabeth Lawrence: The Sage of Southern Gardening, Tuesday, March 28, at 7 pm, Matthews Historical Foundation, the Matthews Woman’s Club, 208 S. Trade Street, Matthews.

Andrea Sprott, garden curator of the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden, part of Wing Haven, will talk about Elizabeth Lawrence and the historic Charlotte property where she lived and gardened for 35 years. Andrea will discuss what makes this one-third acre plot so interesting and significant to the world of horticulture today.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 1 at 1 pm, Cloninger Park, Dallas, NC

The Gaston County Museum and the Town of Dallas host this event. Thousands of eggs will be placed in the park for kids ages 10 and under. The egg hunt begins promptly at 1 pm followed by the Great Bunny Run.


Visit Iredell Museums Free, Wednesday, March 29 from 10 am to 5 pm.

See Margaret the Mummy in ‘The Mummy Treasure of Al Faiyum’ and other museum exhibits.


Rediscovering the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at the Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina, Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 pm, Free.

Kings Mountain Historical Museum presents this program by Mike Baxter, History Professor at CPCC and Belmont Abbey College. He will discuss recent archaeological excavations at the CCC Camp and what his students have learned about the importance of the CCC’s work in this area.


Strange Business for a Lady? Tuesday, March 28 at 6 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, Free.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us. Kate Moore will discuss women who ran taverns in Charlotte and examine whether this was an odd phenomenon or not. Red Clay Ciderworks will offer samples of their ciders, one of colonial America’s most popular beverages.