The First American Declaration of Independence? by Scott Syfert.
MHA Dinner Meeting, Monday, March 17, at Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Dinner is at 6:30 followed by the program at 7:15. Those not having dinner are welcome to enjoy the program at no charge. To make a reservation for dinner use the order form in your MHA Newsletter or contact Jane Johnson at 704 544 0695 or JJCNC@aol.com
As described in the lead article in the current issue of The Dandelion, our speaker for the March meeting will be our own Scott Syfert, Charlotte native and author of The First American Declaration of Independence?, published this year to great acclaim, by McFarland & Company. In this true life historical detective story, Scott lays out all of the evidence, both pro and con, for the existence of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of May 20th 1775. He also tells the fascinating story of the controversy and arguments which have raged back and forth for nearly 200 years. Scott is a dynamic speaker who knows the subject extremely well and this promises to be an entertaining and illuminating presentation. He will have copies of the book to sell and sign. See the lead article in the Dandelion for more information and a review by Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College.
Hezekiah Alexander House Environmental Improvements Plan Workshop, Thursday March 20, 10 am to 2 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, The public is invited to participate. Free.
Professional consultants have been studying the Hezekiah Alexander House and collections in order to identify ways to improve the preservation of the valuable structure and artifacts. In this free all-day workshop, participants will work with the experts to understand current condition and conservation issues, develop a plan to address these issues and strategies to achieve this plan. Lunch will be provided for a fee of $10.00. If you would like to participate, please register online via the CMH website at www.charlottemuseum.org where you can also pay for your box lunch. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celtic Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 10 am to 4 pm, Latta Plantation.
All things Celtic with live music from the Thistledown Tinkers and Stirling Bridge, and an event Piper throughout the weekend. See Scottish dancing by Latta’s Kilts and Petticoats, meet various Scottish clans and shop with Scottish vendors. Food and drink from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and a number of food vendors. Games and storytelling for the children who can also visit the farm animals.
Founder’s Day Celebration, Sunday, March 16 from 1 to 4 pm, Mount Holly Historical Society.
Celebrating Mount Holly’s 135th birthday, learn about the Revolutionary War, tour historical exhibits and enjoy musical entertainment and light refreshments. At 2 pm Mike Baxter, CPCC History Professor will speak on the Battle of Kings Mountain and the people of Gaston and Lincoln Counties who took part in it.
Food From Home: An Afternoon with Tom Hanchett, Sunday, March 16 at 3 pm, Duke Mansion, free.
Dr. Tom Hanchett, Levine Museum staff historian and writer of the “Food from Home” column in The Charlotte Observer will discuss Carolina BBQ, Greek restaurateurs and the origin of livermush. He will also discuss the international eateries and grocery shops along Central Avenue and South Boulevard, and in Matthews.
Friday, March 14, Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert & Jams, Michael York & the Big Cigar Band plus the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Band performing a pre-concert at 7 pm.
Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave., Uptown Charlotte. 7:30 pm; doors open 7:00 pm. Free; donations appreciated. www.folksociety.org
Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration, Saturday, March 15 from 10 am to 4 pm, Andrew Jackson State Park, SC.
A day of living history to celebrate the birthday of the Seventh President of the United States at his boyhood homeplace with traditional crafters and discussions of the legacy of Andrew Jackson.
Upper Broad Regiment Encampment, Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 9 am to 5 pm, Cowpens National Battlefield.
This Regiment is a group of 18th Century Loyalist reenactors. They will have frequent weapons firing demonstrations. On Sunday there will be a book signing by John Buchanan, author of The Road to Guilford Courthouse, at the Visitor Center from 3 to 4:45 pm.
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment. Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. .
This battle was truly a turning point in the American Revolution. Visiting the National Military Park is a joy and a wonderful history lesson at any time, but especially on this weekend. The soldiers are encamped for the weekend and reenact the battle each day. This is the largest Rev. War reenactment in the South and seeing this large number of troops in action gives you a true feeling for an 18th Century battle. For details and to plan you weekend, see www.nps.gov/guco
Andrew Jackson’s Birthday, Saturday, March 15 from 10 am to 4 pm, Museum of the Waxhaws.
Birthday cake and coffee will be served and there will be crafts for the children. Arthur Lightbody, appearing as President Jackson, will visit the Museum at 2 pm and share some stories of his experiences as our seventh President.
Andrew Jackson Southerner, a new book by Mark Cheathem, Sunday, March 16 at 3 pm Museum of the Waxhaws.
Professor Cheathem will speak about Old Hickory as more than a frontiersman: He was also an elite southern gentleman.
Carolina Gristmills, Sunday, March 16 at 2:30 pm, Griffin Room, Union County Public Library. Free.
Chuck Ketchie has been researching the old water powered mills of North Carolina for over 35 years visiting 140 of the remaining relics (thus far). His talk will use his extensive collection of photos to illustrate the history, beauty and complexity of this grand old industry.
Forced Founders: Indians, Slaves, and the Origins of the American Revolution in the South
By Woody Holton, Saturday, March 15 at 1 pm. Charlotte Museum of History.
Slaves and Native Americans played an indirect role in bringing on the American Revolution.