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 first three items, below, were in last week’s email, but the celebration of our Independence bears repeating.

 

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Celebration, Monday, May 20 at Noon, Independence Square, Free.

This year is the 244th anniversary of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence of May 20, 1775.  This famous, if controversial, event was the first time that the people of the colonies declared their independence from the King and Parliament of Great Britain, predating that other declaration at Philadelphia by more than a year.  Starting at 11:30 there will be fife and drum, soldiers, flags and political speeches followed by a reading of the “Meck Dec” accompanied by Huzzahs from the crowd and the firing a muskets and cannon.  Afterwards we will parade two blocks to Settlers Cemetery to honor Colonel Thomas Polk with a wreath and another musket volley.  The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend, so come to Independence Square and join in the celebration.

 

MHA Docents, Reenactors and other Participants:

Get out your historic clothing and get ready for “fun on the square.”  We should all arrive at the square at 11 am, mingle with the crowd and hand out Meck Dec copies while the soldiers march up and down with the SAR honor guard and the music of the Fife and Drum.  Parking is available on the streets around the square – 8 quarters for 2 hours.

 

Meet The Morrisons,  Monday, May 20, MHA Dinner Meeting.

Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Dinner is at 6:30 followed by the program at 7:15.  Those not having dinner may enjoy the program at no charge.  To make a reservation for dinner use the order form in your MHA Newsletter or contact Barbara Taylor at 308 Braxton Dr., Indian Trail 28079, btaylor797@aol.com  or 336-404-1751.

At this MHA Meeting you will have an opportunity to meet the Rev. Robert Hall Morrison and his wife Mary Graham Morrison.  Dr. Morrison was a man blessed with an abundance of intelligence, ambition, and willingness to work hard for his ideals.  He founded several churches and was the primary founder and first president of Davidson College.  Mary’s father was Joseph Graham, Revolutionary War General who later owned and operated a profitable ironworks as well as a successful cotton plantation.  As a young couple they were certainly in a position to lead a charmed life, but it was not to be.  They will tell you about their many accomplishments, the dire troubles that befell them, and the path they took back to peacefulness on a  backcountry farm.  It was there that Morrison once again became an influential preacher and the two of them raised a fine family.

The Morrisons will be portrayed by Ann and Jim Williams who have researched and taken on the personas of several of Mecklenburg’s early citizens.

 

Meck Dec Day Celebration, Saturday, May 18 from noon to 4 pm, The Charlotte Museum of History.

Enter the hornet’s nest and join the rebellion in Mecklenburg County for a day of revelry and rebellion.  Celebrate the legendary Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and explore the long history of fighting for freedom here in the Queen City.  Learn about Hezekiah Alexander’s role in declaring independence in the Rock House, smell the Food of Liberty in the kitchen, and hear Captain James Jack read Mecklenburg Declaration from his tavern.  Special guests include Olde Mecklenburg Brewery plus Colonel Thomas Polk, founder of Charlotte and his lovely wife, Susannah.

 

Historic Brattonsville is a Blue Star Museum. All active duty personnel and their families receive free admission from Memorial day to Labor day.

 

Memorial Day, Monday May 27 from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Brattonsville.  

Historically dressed interpreters will demonstrate how folks in the Carolina Backcountry farmed, cooked and played during the colonial period. Pack a picnic lunch and kick-off the summer season.

 

Battle of Buford’s Defeat, Saturday, May 25 at 10:30 am, SC Hwy 9 and SC Hwy 522, Free, Andrew Jackson State Park, SC.

There will be a wreath laying at the mass grave with musket salutes.

 

The Battle of Kings Mountain, Tuesday, May 28 at 7 pm, Free, Mount Holly Historical Society,

Bob Inman, novelist, writer and former WBTV news anchor, will speak on the background and production of his play “Liberty Mountain” which brings the Battle of Kings Mountain to the stage in Kings Mountain this summer.