Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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March to Liberty: A Frontier’s Call for Freedom, Saturday, March 14, at 10:30-noon, Rowan Museum, Salisbury, Free.

March to Liberty is a three-month series of presentations observing the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution.  Randell Jones, the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone and of Trailing Daniel Boone will share stories from the life of Daniel Boone, especially his marking of the Boone Trace into Kentucky 240 years ago, in March of 1775.  Colonel Thomas Polk (as interpreted by historian Jim Williams) will tell of events in the spring of ’75 that set the stage for the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.


Call to School Teachers:  Any classroom teacher of NC or American history (Elementary, Middle or High School, public or private) who attends the lecture will receive a free copy of Before Liberty by Roy Thompson, a qualitative history of North Carolina from discovery to independence written during America’s bicentennial 40 years ago.  Copies of this book will be available for purchase by homeschoolers and the general public.


Celtic Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 from 10 am to 4 pm, Latta Plantation.

Celebrate all things Celtic including authentic cuisine, brew, music, vendors, and historical demonstrations plus children’s activities, games and face painting.


Celtic Concert Fundraiser, Saturday March 14 at 6 pm, Latta Plantation.

An evening under the stars with Celtic food vendors and local breweries. Bands include the Thistledown Tinkers, Sterling Bridge and Loch Norman Pipes.


Civil War Forum, Saturday, March 14 from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

Join us for the Charlotte Mecklenburg 150th Anniversary Civil War Symposium, featuring preeminent Civil War historian Gary Gallagher, along with noted historians Gordon McKinney, Chris Hartley, Suzy Barile, and Larry Walker.  Doors open at 8:30 am.  Register in advance.  Visit www.charlottemuseum.org for complete registration information and fees.


Camellia Flower Show and Plant Sale at the Historic White Home, Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15 from 1 to 5 pm, Free.

This show is sponsored by the Charlotte Camellia Society and is being held this year at the 1839 Historic White Home on White Street in Rock Hill.  There will be hundreds of Camellias in bloom and judging will be by the American Camellia Society.  The Society’s home in Charlotte is Historic Rosedale where they have established a historic Camellia garden.


Historic Tatting, Friday, March 13 from 2 to 4 pm, President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Free.

Volunteer Michele Glover will explore with visitors this historic weaving technique. This drop-in program will take place in the museum lobby.


At Home at the Duke Mansion, Sunday, March 15 at 3 pm, Free, Duke Mansion.

2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the grand Duke Mansion. To kick off a year of special programs, some of the history-making families who resided here will share memories.  You’ll hear about Buick wholesaler and WBT radio (“Watch Buicks Travel”) owner C.C. Coddington, the Cannon and Lineberger families who shaped the region’s textile economy, and the founders of TV’s Raycom Sports.  Hosted by Levine Museum historian Dr. Tom Hanchett.

Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration, Saturday, March 14 from 10 am to 4 pm, Andrew Jackson State Park, SC.

Celebrate the birthday of the Seventh President of the United States at his boyhood homeplace. Through living history demonstrations see what the Carolina Backcountry was like in Jackson’s time. See traditional crafters at work and hear historians discuss the legacy of Andrew Jackson.


Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert & Jams, Friday, March 13, Mipso Southern String Band.

Pre-concert at 7 pm by the Myers Park High School Bluegrass Club.  Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte.  7:30 PM; doors open 7:00 PM.  Free; donations appreciated.  www.folksociety.org


Lady Spy:  Wild Rose, Sunday March 15 at 3 pm, Union County Public Library.

Kelly Hinson returns with a dramatic interpretation of Rose O’Neal Greenhow, a confederate spy and the first female ambassador to Europe from the States (albeit the “Confederate States”).  Rose tragically drowned off the coast of North Carolina in September of 1864.


At War’s End: South Carolina Families Face the Aftermath, Saturday, March 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, York County Library, Rock Hill, Free.

Historian Colleen Pappas will discuss the effects of the Civil War on women and families in our state, the living conditions at the end of the war, the social, cultural, and political changes brought about by the conflict, mourning customs, and the important events at war’s end that took place in Fort Mill, Cross Keys, and Abbeville, SC.


The Battle of Wyse Fork, Tuesday, March 10 at 6 pm, Concord Public Library, 27 Union Street, Free.

Tim Auten, historian and author of The Battle of Wyse Fork:  North Carolina’s Neglected Civil War Engagement will speak on this important but nearly forgotten battle, one of the last of the Civil War.  Mecklenburg and Cabarrus troops played pivotal roles in this battle which resulted in the last mass capture of Federal Troops in the war.


The Newest New South, Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm, Rowan History Club, Free

Dr. Tom Hanchett will look back at the roots of the “New South” idea in the years after the Civil War and explore this region’s most recent reinvention as it has become a magnet for newcomers from across the U.S. and around the globe.