June 30, 2020
Although many Fourth of July events have been cancelled this year, the Charlotte Museum of History has a full week of virtual celebrations planned. See below for information on the events.
Join us virtually to celebrate the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with a week-long celebration culminating in a re-broadcast of last year’s Naturalization Ceremony.
● Monday, June 29: Check out online resources from the museum that celebrate our nation’s ideals of independence and liberty and provide historical context for the Fourth of July holiday.
● Tuesday, June 30: Explore the museum’s vaults in a new online video that features some of the museum’s special independence themed collection items.
● Wednesday, July 1: Watch a ringing of the American Freedom Bell online. It’s the largest ground-level bell in the nation and was dedicated at the turn of the millennium.
● Thursday, July 2: Join an independence-themed Lunch & Learn on Zoom. Register online at charlottemuseum.org/events to receive the Zoom link.
● Friday, July 3: Get instructions for a firecracker-themed craft that the whole family can do together using common household items.
● Saturday, July 4: Celebrate the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship by watching a rebroadcast of last year’s U.S. Oath & Naturalization Ceremony at the museum.
All content will be available on the Museum’s Facebook page, website (https://charlottemuseum.org/independence-day-celebrations/), and YouTube channel. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
June 22, 2020
COVID-19 has affected all parts of society, and historic preservation has been not been excluded. The following article from Architectural Digest explains how historic preservation organizations around the country have been affected by this pandemic and how they are keeping the public engaged during this unconventional time.
For more: “Will Historic Preservation Survive COVID-19?”
June 19, 2020
At its meeting on Monday, June 22, the Charlotte City Council will hold public hearings for historic landmark designation for the following properties:
- Butler House, 240 Sylvania Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
- Derita High School Gymnasium, 6115 Rumple Road, Charlotte, N.C.
- Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, 1774 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
- Nevin School, 3523 Nevin Road, Charlotte, N.C.
May 19, 2020
Adria Focht, Director of The Charlotte Museum of History, recently shared her thoughts with The Charlotte Observer about how hope can be found when exploring Charlotte’s history. As Focht states, Charlotte’s historical stories “are symbols of our perseverance in the face of deprivation, disease and sometimes long odds.”
For more: “Looking for hope during COVID? Charlotte’s history shows we’ll pull through.”