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.


Ostracism and Ostraka: New Light on an Ancient Practice, Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 pm, Archaeological Institute of America Speaker Series, Semans Auditorium (Room 117), Belk Visual Arts Center, Davidson College, 315 N. Main St., Davidson, Free.

Dr. James Sickinger, Associate Professor of Classics at Florida State University, will discuss new archaeological evidence from Athens about the use of writing on broken pottery (ostraka) in the process of ostracism. This research gives us new insights into Athenian democracy.  Maps and Directions: https://www.davidson.edu/about/campus-and-surroundings/maps-and-directions  The Belk Visual Arts Center is at the corner of Griffith St. and Main St. in Davidson, on the western edge of campus; there is parking behind the building.


Francis Marion, the  Swamp Fox, Symposium, Friday, October 25 from 2 to 8:30 pm and Saturday, October 26 from 9 am to 8:30 pm, Manning, SC.

History buffs and Francis Marion admirers are invited to the 17th annual Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium.  Explore the Revolutionary War Southern Campaign with General Francis Marion; immerse yourself in Francis Marion’s world and the significance of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.  This symposium will feature ten presentations  and two evening dinner theaters in the history of the Revolutionary  war.  For details, schedules, locations and to register see  www.francismarionsymposium.com  call 803.478.2645 or email gcsummers@ftc-i.net

Sorry, this symposium is sold out. Mark your calendars for the same time next year.


NC Digs, Travelling Exhibit, On Display Through November 12, President James K. Polk State Historic Site.

NC Digs highlights five different types of archaeological sites – Native American, battlefield, plantation, trash pit, and industrial – that are found across the State. The exhibit includes interpretive panels explaining each site type and techniques and methods used for excavating and analyzing materials from these different types of sites. There are artifacts on display as well as various tools used by archaeologists.


North Carolina Archaeology: A Regional Perspective of the Piedmont Backcountry, Saturday, October 26 at 2 to 3:30 pm, President James K. Polk State Historic Site.

In connection with the traveling exhibit, “NC Digs,” January Withers-Costa, Director of the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, will speak on archaeology in North Carolina as we celebrate NC Archaeology month.


Nancy Basket, Artist-in-Residence, Thursday, October 24 from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday, October 25 from 10 am to 5 pm, Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, SC, Free.

Traditional artist Nancy Basket demonstrates basket making techniques and discusses her work with kudzu, wisteria and, long leaf pine needles.


Haunted History Tour, Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30, Historic Rosedale Plantation.

A special evening tour with Rosedale and Paranormal Society members. From the reconstructed blacksmith shop, to the gardens, to the first floor and cellar of the house itself, you’ll hear tales of the macabre and the stories behind Rosedale’s resident spirits. Tours last approximately one hour, and groups are limited to 25 to allow for a close-up storytelling experience.  Registration required.


Haunted Tour, Saturday, October 26 from 7 to 10 pm, Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy., Waxhaw, N. C. 704-843-1832, http://museumofthewaxhaws.org/

Brave an evening tour filled with chills and thrills and enjoy s’mores by the fire pit.


Spooky Tales in the Dark, Friday October 18, Friday October 25, and Saturday October 26, at 6, 7 and 8 pm, Historic Latta Plantation.

Experience a spooky candlelight tour in the dark throughout the historic home and kitchen house; followed by hot cider and cookies fireside. Hear firsthand accounts of ghostly tales from present and past staff, volunteers, and visitors. Registration required.


Terrors of the Past: Escape from “Devil Charlie,” Friday, October 25 from 6 to 10 pm, Charlotte Museum of History.

One of the most chilling crimes of the 18th century is brought back to life for one night only as you try to solve the mysterious death of Polly Alexander. Did her husband, the infamous “Devil Charlie” Polk murder her with their infant son in her arms? Journey through the darkness of the woods and into the heart of Mecklenburg County’s oldest home in this immersive and theatrical haunted history attraction.


Boo Fun Fest, Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 7 pm, Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St., Lancaster, SC. Free.

Enjoy art, storytelling, history,demonstrations and treats as part of the City of Lancaster’s Boo Fun Fest, featuring Artist-in-Residence Nancy Basket and guest artist Roo George-Warren.