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.


Doris Duke: A Woman of Contradiction, Tuesday, March 3.

Fellowship Hall, Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church. Refreshments at 9:30, business meeting at 10, program at 11, Free, visitors always welcome.

Doris Duke was the only and treasured daughter of James Buchanan Duke, industrialist and philanthropist and NC success story who left behind the legacy of Duke Energy, The Duke Endowment and Duke University.  A woman of style and great intellect she was also watched closely throughout her life.  As a young girl she spent time at the Duke Mansion in Myers Park so her story and ours are tied together.  We also have the rare ability to share the personal stories of Rosalie Reynolds whose mother was a childhood and lifelong friend of Doris Duke.

Pat Martin is the director of development for the Duke Mansion and the Lee Institute where she also supports the efforts to interpret and tell the story of the Duke Mansion and the families who lived there.  She has been in Charlotte her whole adult life.


The Mecklenburg Kirkpatricks, Saturday, February 29, at 2 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

As an important part of the African American Heritage Festival, we invite you to be a part of a conversation about the relationships and struggles forged from the legacy of enslavement here in Charlotte. Featuring Jimmie Kirkpatrick and De Kirkpatrick, who are the subjects of a documentary currently in development. This will be the true story of two men who share the same last name – one black, one white – both from Charlotte, North Carolina, who both attended Myers Park High School and much later discover a missing piece of themselves in each other. This story rooted in the South is also America’s story – one of slavery’s legacy, present-day racial divide, and the hope that by learning from each other, we can heal deep wounds that many of us have never faced. The Ron Hankins “History Talks” Lecture Series is sponsored by Wells Fargo.


African American Heritage Festival, Saturday, February 29 from 11 am to 5 pm, Charlotte Museum of History, Free.

Celebrate over 250 years of Charlotte’s vibrant African American history and culture at the Museum. Explore the African roots of Southern foods; tour the 1774 Alexander homesite through the eyes of Bet, one of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the property and listen to African and African American music.  There will be appearances by:  A Sign of the Times, Gospel Singer Jett Edwards, House of Africa, Opera Carolina, The Mint Museum, Voices of Eden Gospel Choir, UNCC, Atkins Library Special Collections, James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University, and Author La-Donia Alford-Jefferies.


The Defense of Fort Dobbs, Saturday, February 29 from 10 am to 8 pm, Battle at 7 pm, Sunday, March 1 from 10 am to 3 pm, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site.

On February 27, 1760, the garrison of Fort Dobbs engaged in a bloody, confusing, night-time skirmish with Cherokee warriors. This living history event will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like for those involved through on-going displays of camp and barracks life, as well as scheduled musket and cannon firing demonstrations.


Sgrafitto Workshop, Saturday, February 29, at 10 am to 2 pm, Pre-Registration Required, Cost $40 to $65 Depending on Size of Plate, Historic Latta Plantation.

Learn about 18th & 19th century earthenware pottery. This workshop will teach the technique called Sgraffito. meaning to scratch.   The red clay body is coated with a white slip which is then scratched revealing the red body.  Suitable for all ages.


Advanced African American Genealogy, Thursday, February 27 at 6 to 8 pm, York County Library.

Go deeper into your family history as we explore the methods and sources available for researching African-American genealogy. Break through the 1870 brick wall and explore how to research slaves and slave owners.  Learn about new resources for uncovering your past.


By Way of the Back Door, Saturdays in February from 10 am to 4 pm, Tours at 11 am and 2 pm, Historic Brattonsville.

In honor of Black History Month we look at how enslaved people lived on the plantation with special guided tours and activities.  On Saturday February 29 descendants of Brattonsville’s enslaved will be on site to share their family stories and offer insight on how African American culture persevered.


Paranormal Investigation, Friday February 28, Check in at 7:30 pm, Tours from 8 to 10 pm.

Join members of the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society on a scientific-minded ghost hunt on the grounds of this historic Charlotte home. Using the latest technology, these experts will lead you in the search for evidence of those who have chosen to remain behind at Rosedale.  Each working group will be no more than 15 people for an intimate investigative experience rotating between the gardens, the blacksmith shop, and the cellar of the 200 year old estate. Equipment will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. You never know what remnants of the past you might find. Please wear comfortable shoes.


Exhibit Reception: “’What Do You Have in Your Backyard?’: The Traditional Artwork of Nancy Basket.”  Saturday, Feb. 29, from 1 to 3 pm, Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, S.C.

See the work of 2019 Artist-in-Residence Nancy Basket during this special reception.  Wisteria, kudzu, and long leaf pine needle baskets, kudzu paper art, and beautiful weavings and sculptures from the traditional artist are showcased in this exhibit, on display through February 2021.