Upcoming Events of Interest to the History Community

For site contact information see the most recent MHA Docents Dandelion Newsletter

Admission charged at most events unless otherwise noted.

Many of these events sell out so it is best to register at the web sites.


The Reverend and Mrs. Robert Hall Morrison are Coming to Town Again.

Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm at Machpelah Church in Lincoln County, off  the road from Beatties Ford to Lincolnton, Route US 73, at Tucker’s Grove Church Road.

Tuesday, April 24 Reception at 7, Program at 7:15 pm at the Matthews Woman’s Club, 208 South Trade Street, Matthews.

Dr. Morrison was a leading Presbyterian minister in North Carolina, serving at Fayetteville and then in Charlotte at Sugar Creek Church and as founder of Charlotte First Presbyterian Church.  In 1837 he founded Davidson College and he did it all.  He convinced the Presbytery to support it, raised the money, chose the land and supervised the construction, curriculum and enrolment.  Then he served as the first President and one of the first two professors.  After a personal tragedy he retired from the College to become a wealthy planter in Lincoln County and, for the rest of his life, pastor of the oldest church in the county, Unity Presbyterian, and as founding pastor of Machpelah and Castanea Churches.  Machpelah Church was founded by Rev. Morrison in 1848 and is rarely open to the public.

You will be able to meet and talk with Dr. Morrison and his wife Mary, the daughter of General Joseph Graham.  They will be interpreted and presented by Jim and Ann Williams, who will speak and answer questions about their lives and accomplishments.


Colonial sheep-shearing, Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 5 pm, The Schiele Museum.

See historical interpreters in 18th century attire shear the sheep and card and spin the freshly shorn wool into thread.  Try the simple craft of weaving on a  tape loom.  Enjoy lively tunes from the 1700’s and sweet aromas from the kitchen hearth.


Identifying and Preserving Family Photographs, Wednesday, April 25 at 6 to 7:30 pm, York County Library.

Learn how to identify and preserve your family photographs in storage boxes, on your computer, and on your phone. Learn the many different types of photographs, clues to identify relatives, preservation best practices, and storage suggestions from Winthrop archivist Gina Price White.


1850s Mining Event, Saturday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm, Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site.

Learn about the 1850s mining era through living history demonstrations of surface and underground mining, hands-on mining activities, and general demonstrations.


General Lee’s Immortals, Book Signing, Saturday, May 5 at 1 pm, Barnes & Noble, Carolina Place Mall.

Michael C. Hardy, author of Civil War Charlotte will speak about his latest book, the first comprehensive history of the Branch-Lane Brigade.  It is based upon years of study and grounded on an impressive foundation of sources, which allows the men to speak for themselves as they describe their time in camp, endless hardships, long marches, bloody battles and increasing hunger.