Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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Sheepshearing, Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 5 pm, Schiele Museum, Gastonia.

Each spring the sheep are sheared (given a haircut) at the Backcountry Farm; it keeps the sheep cool in the summer and the wool is made into cloth to keep the Pioneer family warm in the winter. See historical interpreters in 18th century dress card and spin the freshly shorn wool into thread. Try your hand at shearing or the simple craft of weaving on a tape loom. Discover the difference between a shortgown and a waist coat as youngsters “dress the part” of a backcountry child.


John Nolen’s Landscape Legacy, Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm, Free, Duke Mansion.

Perhaps the most important landscape planner of the early 20th century, Boston-based John Nolen designed the tree-shaded avenues and greenways of the Myers Park neighborhood.  Levine Museum historian Dr. Tom Hanchett gives an illustrated talk, then leads a brief walking tour.


Artisan Day, Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Latta Plantation.

See 18th and 19th century artisanal skills including blacksmithing, book binding, gunsmithing, wood working, fiber-working and animal husbandry.  Meet and interact with reenactors as they lecture and demonstrate their skills. Meet the Latta Farm Animals including the newest addition, Selah Grace, a Cotswold sheep born in March.


Special TV Program and Contest, Tuesday, April 21 at 8 pm on WTVI PBS.

Kings Mountain Historical Museum has been selected as one of three finalists in the WTVI PBS Give Back Nonprofit Spotlight contest.  Their video profile will air during “Carolina Impact.”  Voting will be at www.pbscharlotte.org  Tune in, learn about King Mountain Historical Museum and vote to help them win the contest.


Every Picture Holds a Story, A Writing Workshop, Saturday, April 25 at 2 to 3:30 pm, Union County Public Library, Monroe.

Maureen Ryan Griffin (WordPlaynow.com), an award-winning poetry and non-fiction writer, editor, and teacher, will guide us in learning fun, easy methods to capture treasured family stories and create memorable fiction, memoir, and poetry using photos or other visual images.  A variety of images will be provided, or you may bring your own photo(s) if you’d like.  Registration required, space is limited.  Contact Lori at 704-283-8184 ext. 224 or lgrem@union.lib.nc.us to register, or for more information.


Wildflowers, Ecology, and Conservation, Saturday, April 25 at 10:20 am to Noon, Wing Haven Gardens, Free.

Dr. Peter White, UNC Chapel Hill will speak. Sponsored by the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


The Museum of Western York County, Open Sundays 3 to 5 pm from April 5 to November 29.

This small museum is located in a rural setting on the edge of the town of Sharon, SC at 3716 Woodlawn Street.  Visitors are given insight into local history and the culture and heritage of Western York County through a wide variety of memorabilia ranging from rough plows to delicate glassware.


Myers Park, History Talks Lecture Series, Saturday, April 25 at 1 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

In honor of Jane Jacobs, join us as we explore one of Charlotte’s iconic neighborhoods – Myers Park.  Charlie Succop, Charlotte Museum of History Education Coordinator, will give an overview of the history of the Myers Park neighborhood prior to the May 1 walking tour of the Myers Park Neighborhood.