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.


Fort Dobbs Reconstructed, Grand Opening, Saturday, September 21 from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday September 22 from 10 am to 3 pm. Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville, NC, Free.

After a three-year reconstruction project, the full-size replica of Fort Dobbs will officially open to the public. Be one of the first to enter the structure and experience what life was like 260 years ago. There will be living history displays, historic cooking, weapons firing demonstrations, and tours of the fort.


“The American South as We Know It” Documentary Film, Friday, September 20 at 6:30 to 8 pm, Free, Historic Latta Plantation.

Filmmaker Frederick Murphy will present his documentary film with the untold stories of African-American and American history


Open Hearth Cooking Workshop, Saturday, September 21 at 10 am to 2 pm, $40. Historic Latta Plantation.

Learn 19th century cooking techniques as you prepare a meal in the Latta kitchen Participants will get to taste everything cooked in the workshop.  Pre-registration required.


Beginner Knitting Workshop, Saturday, September 21 at 10 am to 2 pm, $25. Historic Latta Plantation.

Learn the basics of knitting and leave with a skein of yarn, a pair of needles and the knowledge of slip knot, knit stitch, purl stitch, how to read a pattern, casting on and binding off. No experience necessary.   Registration required.


Charlotte’s Country Music Roots, Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm, Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd,

Before there was Nashville, there was Charlotte. The Carolina Room presents Dr. Tom Hanchett, Resident Historian and co-author of “The Charlotte Country Music Story” to talk about a little-known chapter in Charlotte’s history. In the 1930s more music was recorded in Charlotte than in Nashville. Learn about the Queen City’s heyday as a country and gospel recording center.


The Last Battleground, Book Talk by Phillip Gerard, Tuesday September 24 at 6:30 pm, Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd.

Philip Gerard, professor at UNC Wilmington, tells of the complexity of winding down the Civil War in 1865 when the war finally came to North Carolina. He presents this dramatic convergence of events through the stories of the individuals we rarely hear of in history, including slaves and free blacks, farm women and plantation belles, Cherokees and mountaineers, conscripts and volunteers, gentleman officers and privates.


The Campaign of the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780 and 2019, Sunday September 22 at 3 pm, York County Genealogical & Historical Society

Leigh Van Blarcom, a Revolutionary War re-enactor will discuss the importance of the Battle of Kings Mountain, and some of the local men who participated in it, She will also discuss The Overmountain Victory Trail, which traces the path of some of the Patriots from Virginia to the battle site.  This meeting will be at Bethel Presbyterian Church in the activities building to the rear of the church.  The church is near Clover at 2445 Highway 557.