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.


Ghosts and Christmas Past: Haunted History Tour, Friday, December 13 at 6:30 pm, Registration Required. Historic Rosedale Plantation.

A special holiday version of our popular Haunted History tour. Join Rosedale staff and Charlotte Area Paranormal Society members  for this unique event. We’ll focus on some of the tragic events that have occurred at our site during the holiday season along with exploring holiday traditions from southern plantation life.


Holiday Basket Workshop, Saturday, December 14 at Noon to 4 pm, $25.00. President James K Polk State Historic Site.

Weave a festive holiday basket with dyed reeds. All material supplied and all skill levels are welcome.


Winter on the Western Frontier, Saturday, December 14 from 10 am to 4 pm. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site. 

This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs as they prepared to spend winter in the fort in 1756.  On-going displays of camp life and historic cooking will be offered, as well as musket and cannon firing demonstrations.


Christmas Open House, Sunday, December 15 from 4 to 6 pm, Free. Matthews Historical Foundation. 

Dr. and Mrs. Reid will welcome guests to their Victorian House at 134 W. John Street with a Christmas open house. Tours will be given by docents from the Mathews Heritage Museum.  The Historic Reid House will be dressed in its finest Christmas garlands as visitors tour this 1890 treasure.  As you move from room-to-room you will be delighted with the decorations of yesteryear.  Light refreshments will be served.


Jesus, Mary, and Frosty: The Art and Artistry of Christmas Yard Art, Lunch and Learn, Friday, December 13 at Noon.  Native American Studies Center, USC Lancaster.

Folklorist and USC Lancaster Native American Studies Director Dr. Stephen Criswell will discuss Christmas Yard Art from simple lights and greenery to the assembling of those icons that best express the meaning of the holiday and creating, often by hand, a unique expression of the “Christmas Spirit.”


Nancy Basket, Artist-in-Residence.  Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, S.C. Free.

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.


Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 14 from 9 am to 5 pm, Westmoore Pottery, 4622 Busbee Road, near Seagrove, North Carolina, Free.

A cozy fire will be ablaze in the fireplace and refreshments will be served.  At 9 am special holiday pottery will be unloaded from the kiln. Those attending the Open House have first choice on pottery.  Ellie the Elf from the North Pole will arrive by 10 am with a craft project for both adults and young people.