Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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Homes Fit for a…President, Saturday, February 13 from 11 am to 1 pm, Free, President James K. Polk State Historic Site.  

This program is an in-depth look at the Tennessee estates of Old Hickory – Andrew Jackson’s “The Hermitage” – and his protégé, Young Hickory – James K. Polk’s “Polk Place”. Presented in partnership with Andrew Jackson State Park (SC).


The Attempted Theft of Abraham Lincoln’s Body in 1876, Saturday February 13 at 1 pm, Free, Kings Mountain Historical Museum.

Dr. Kevin L. Burke will share the true story of a bizarre and surprisingly comedic caper that took place in American history in 1876. 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.  Learn how the Secret Service and a comedy of errors foiled this criminal plot.  Dr. Burke is a Professor and Dean at Queens University of Charlotte and has served as a volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Tomb and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.


Black History Month Program, Saturday, February 13 at 2 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, Free.

This family program will celebrate the history of African Americans.


Charlotte Folk Society Gathering Concert & Jams, Friday, February 12, Malcolm Holcombe, Free.

Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte. 7:30 pm; doors open 7 pm.  Free; donations appreciated.  Accessible entry & elevator on ground floor.  www.folksociety.org

Malcolm Holcombe is one of North Carolina’s most accomplished and respected singer/songwriters.


Genealogy 101, Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 to 8:30, Plaza-Midwood Library.

Shelia Bumgarner from the Carolina Room will teach you how to begin the search for your family’s history.