Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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The Attempted Theft of Abraham Lincoln’s Body in 1876, Tuesday, October 4, MHA Docent Meeting.

Fellowship Hall of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church. Refreshments at 9:30, business meeting at 10, and program at 11.  Visitors are always welcome.

Dr. Kevin L. Burke will present the true story of a bizarre and surprisingly comedic caper that took place more than a decade after the death of one of America’s most beloved Presidents. A bumbling gang of Chicago counterfeiters attempted to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body and to ransom the government for its return. Dr. Burke will discuss how the Secret Service and a comedy of errors foiled this criminal plot.

Dr. Burke is a professor at Queens University of Charlotte. He has given this entertaining presentation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, Illinois), Charlotte Museum of History, Gaston County Museum of Art & History, Belmont Abbey College, Kings Mountain Historical Museum, and other locations.  Dr. Burke has volunteered at both the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, and, Abraham Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois.


Open Hearth Cooking Workshop, Saturday, October 1, Historic Latta Plantation.

Learn open hearth cooking from an expert in the craft. You will learn how to do the tasks and use the tools of the time and how to make popular recipes from the turn of the 19th Century. This workshop has limited space as cooking will take place inside Latta’s kitchen and over a campfire. Call for registration information.


House Tours, Sunday October 2 from 2 to 5 pm, Hugh Torance House and Store.

Hugh Torance House and Store is truly a Mecklenburg treasure. The log house section of the building was built as a residence about 1780.  In 1805 the building was expanded to include a store which operated until 1825.  As the Torrance family obtained land and wealth it became a cotton plantation of 3,000 acres worked by over a hundred slaves.  Extensive family history kept through the generations allows us to interpret nearly a century of Mecklenburg’s rich mercantile and plantation history.


Salem Bach Festival, Salem College, Free.

Recital at Salem College, Friday, September 30 at 7:30 pm.
Magnolia Baroque at Home Moravian Church, Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 pm. Bach Choral Sing at Old Salem Visitor Center, Sunday October 2 at 3 pm.


York County Library Genealogy Club, Saturday, October 1 at 10 am, Free.

This support group meets once a month to discuss research, techniques and new sources, and to help each other learn more about family history. York County Main Library, 138 E. Black Street, Rock Hill, SC.


Genealogical Research in South Carolina, Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 pm, York County Main Library, Free.

Learn about records and sources for conducting genealogy in South Carolina from Brent Holcomb, a professional genealogist since 1973. Mr. Holcomb has edited The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research since 1977 and is the author or co-author of more than 100 books on genealogy in the Carolinas.  A small selection of his works will be available for sale and signing at the event.