Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

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Fourth of July Celebration, Monday, July 4 from 10 am to 2 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

  • A patriotic celebration of Independence Day with lectures, kids’ crafts, tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site, and a ringing of the American Freedom Bell.
  • Naturalization Ceremony at 11 am.
  • Author Warren Bingham will discuss his new book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour at 12:15 pm.
  • Tom Phlegar Lecture: “The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution” at 1:15 pm.


Independence Day Celebration, Monday, July 4 from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Brattonsville.

Celebrate Independence by playing English Cricket as the founding fathers did. Join in the game – no experience required.  Also period music and dancing, cooking demonstrations and the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of Hightower Hall.   Food will be available for purchase.


Fourth of July Encampment, Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3 from 10 am to 4 pm, Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Backcountry Militia will be encamped this weekend demonstrating a variety of skills from the 18th Century.


Celebration of Freedom, Saturday, July 2 from 10 am to 4 pm, Cowpens National Battlefield.

Family Friendly patriotic activities.


Happy Birthday America, Saturday, July 2 from 11 am to 4 pm, Fort Defiance.

Celebrate America’s Independence at Fort Defiance in Happy Valley.


Benjamin Franklin Visits Brattonsville, Thursday, June 30, 11 am to 3 pm.

Meet the most fascinating gentleman of the 18th century as interpreted by Mel Kent.  Hear his stories, ask questions and discuss his life and accomplishments.


Independence Day Celebration, Monday, July 4, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Old Salem Historic District.

Hands-on activities, patriotic music, concerts, and demonstrations plus a Naturalization Ceremony at the square at 10 am, and a musical celebration, The Psalm of Joy and a Lovefeast at 2 pm.


William Henry Belk, Trail of History TV Program, Tuesday, June 28 at 8:30 and 11:30 pm and Saturday, July 2 at 5 pm.

PBS Charlotte, WTVI, TW Cable 5, presents this program from their excellent history series. William Henry Belk was the founder of the Belk Brother Stores, today’s Belk, Inc., which has just recently been sold to a private equity firm.  Starting in Monroe, NC in 1888 it grew through the years to be the largest private retail chain in the country.


Cocktails & Gardens at The Duke Mansion, Every Week in July, Monday through Thursday evening from 5 to 8 pm, Free, Cash Bar.

Come celebrate summer at The Duke Mansion! On Monday through Thursday evenings in July, enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll.


And, mark your calendars. In September there will be a MESDA Seminar on Southern Longrifles: Rifle Makers of Kentucky, Georgia, and North Carolina.

This seminar on Saturday, September 17 at 10 am to 4 pm features three experts on the subject and an exhibit of their longrifles. Contact MESDA.org for information and reservations.  Admission $95.00.