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 Mills and the Music, Tuesday, December 3, MHA Docent Meeting.

Please join us in the Fellowship Hall of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church for the MHA Docents’ December Tea and Luncheon, our gift to the history community to share with friends both old and new. The business meeting is at 9:45 am; the program at 10 will be followed by the tea.  This year we will again accept donations for the Toys for Tots program.  To participate bring a new, unwrapped toy.

Our program features the early 20th century music of Charlotte.  In the 1930s more music was recorded in Charlotte than in Nashville? Yes!  Learn about the Queen City’s heyday as a country and gospel recording center – sparked by the establishment of WBT, one of America’s first broadcasting radio stations and by our emergence as the hub of the nation’s major textile manufacturing region.

Dr. Tom Hanchett, Historian Emeritus at the Museum of the New South, author and Historian-in-Residence at the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the public library will expand on the topic and tell us how this all happened.

Docents: Please be at the church by 9:30 to arrange your dishes on the serving table.  All docents should bring a dish to share for our Tea/Luncheon.  We will be joined by many of our friends in the history community, so do be generous.

 

Victorian Christmas, Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30 from 10 am to 4 pm. Historic Latta Plantation.

Experience early holiday traditions including open hearth cooking, horse-drawn wagon rides, mulled wine, ornate decorations, a live reading of the Night the Before Christmas, Victorian era outdoor games, blacksmithing, and   Victorian carolers. Make a Christmas craft, toast s’mores around the bonfire, and pose for pictures with St. Nick.     Guest interpreter Dontavius Williams, creator of “The Chronicles of Adam,” and guests will be on site for a special presentation of “Christmas in the Quarters.” They will discuss the way the enslaved community celebrated Christmas during the Victorian Era.

Food vendors will be present and there will be complementary Whiskey tasting on Friday.  And don’t miss free samples of Mrs. Latta’s 19th century gingercake recipe! Shop the local artisan market for unique gifts including art, photography, jewelry, pottery, ironworks, soap, quilts and stained glass.

 

Exhibit Opening: Toys, Games, & Trains, Open Friday, November 29 through Saturday, December 28, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm,.  Kings Mountain Historical Museum, Free.

This annual exhibit fills the Museum with model train displays assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted as they explore the miniature snow-covered scenes that line the tracks, and discover the interactive carousel, hot air balloons, and mailbag pickup.

 

Nancy Basket, Artist-in-Residence.  Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30 from 10 am to 5 pm, Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, S.C.

Traditional artist Nancy Basket demonstrates basket making techniques and discusses her work with kudzu, wisteria and long leaf pine needles during her residence this fall at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center.  Free and open to the public.