Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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MHA Docent Christmas Tea, Tuesday, December 2 at 10 am, Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

The Charlotte Appalachian Dulcimer Club led by Carol Rousey will present a program of traditional music.  Carol will introduce the mountain dulcimer, which is plucked or strummed, not hammered, and play traditional Scottish and Irish songs brought to this country in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Then we will hear and learn about Appalachian Mountain songs and conclude with a selection of Christmas music.  The dulcimer’s voice is quiet and the program is interactive:  We will sit in a close semi-circle around the performers so everyone can hear and take part.

After the program join us for our sumptuous Christmas Tea, our holiday gift to the history community.


Longrifle Discovery and Identification, Saturday, December 6 from 10 am to 2 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, Free.

Michael Briggs, longrifle expert and author will display and discuss his collection of Mecklenburg Longrifles.  Bring your rifles, pistols, swords, documents, portraits, powder horns, hunting bags and anything else related to the Colonial and early Federal period to the museum for Mr. Briggs to identify and document.  He is searching for information and photographs of artifacts to include in his upcoming book on The Mecklenburg School of Longrifle Makers.


Plantation Christmas, Friday, November 28 from 10 am to 4 pm, Latta Plantation.

Experience a Colonial Christmas as you walk through the cotton plantation. See period Christmas decor, meet Father Christmas, see Christmas baking in the kitchen, and learn about period Christmas traditions during this special holiday living history event.


Cotton: Bolls, Bales, Batts and Beyond, Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29 from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Brattonsville.

It takes lots of hard work to get cotton from the field to a wearable garment on an antebellum cotton plantation.  Lend a hand with costumed interpreters as they pick, gin, dye and spin (using 1840s technology) the fluffy fiber into the cotton garments that we all know and love to wear.


Howser House Tours, Saturday, November 29 from 11 am to 4 pm, Free, Kings Mountain National Military Park.

The 1803 stone Howser House will be open to the public. The house is located at the back of the park.


Basic Book Repair Workshop, Friday, December 12 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Uptown Branch, Charlotte Library, Cost $75.00.

Craig Fansler of Wake Forest University will teach the basics of book repair in this workshop for staff and volunteers at libraries, archives, museums, historic sites, etc. and students.  No prior book repair training or experience is required.  Books and supplies will be provided and you may bring your own damaged books.  Sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium.  For a mail-in registration form go to the NCPC web site in the Events section.   For more information contact Jane Johnson, Manager Robinson Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte public library, at (704) 416-0152 or  jjohnson@cmlibrary.org