Unforgettable Music Venues of Charlotte

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Unforgettable Music Venues of Charlotte,” documents iconic local music venues that have been lost or are no longer operating, including the Double Door Inn, the Excelsior Club and Tremont Music Hall, among others.

The exhibit includes photos by local photographer Daniel Coston and other artists, as well as artifacts such as neon signs, set pieces and show posters from lost music venues.


Solving the Rock House Mysteries

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The Hezekiah Alexander House is one of the best example of historic preservation in Mecklenburg County, and one of the best examples in the region. Solving the Rock House Mysteries explores historic preservation through the specific example of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite.

While a tour of the rock house allows visitors to step back in time, Solving the Rock House Mysteries answers many of questions about the history of the house beyond the Alexanders’ time there, through to the 1960s restoration, and up to the present.

The Rock House, as the Alexander House is called, was meticulously restored by preservation architects and craftsmen drawing on construction materials and techniques used in the mid-1700s and furnished by meticulously chosen antiques from the region and period.


Charlotte Neighborhoods

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Charlotte Neighborhoods explores the growth and development of Charlotte from its settlement up to the early twentieth century.

The exhibition includes historic and current maps, photographs, and text that show why, where, and how the area grew.

Panels focus on different neighborhoods in Charlotte: Plaza-Midwood, Brooklyn, Biddleville, Center City, and NoDa.


On the Way To Here: Adventures in Photography, Music, and Life

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Daniel Coston has photographed a variety of Charlotteans over the past twenty years. This exhibition shares a portion of his wide-ranging photography collection with a focus on local and regional musical acts.  Many nationally known musical acts are included along with snapshots of life in Charlotte.

In Coston’s own words, “This show is pieces from the last 20 years of taking photos, and snapshots of my life. Looking at them, I remember so much about these experiences, and the people I met along the way. Hopefully, people will pull their own memories and emotions from these photographs.” 


Keeping Watch on Water: Looking Back at our City of Creeks

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Many Mecklenburg creeks are unimposing. Located nearer to their headwaters, the creeks begin as mere trickles near the tops of the county’s modest ridges. Our stream network is the aquatic equivalent of the human body’s tiny capillaries, not its major arteries.  Mecklenburg County has 3,000 miles of creeks, which laid end to end, would stretch from Miami to Vancouver, Canada. Only about a third have water year-round, the others only during wet seasons. They may be ditches or spring-fed seeps, not recognized as small creeks but seen as little more than nuisances in a heavy rain. Many have been imprisoned in pipes and culverts.

This exhibit features historic photographs, educational panels that reveal our complex relationship with our many miles of creeks, Nancy Pierces’ beautiful photos of both robust and long-neglected waterways, and an original oil painting titled, A River Runs Through by artist Zhang Yaowu. Artist Lauren Rosenthal’s 12-foot high Mecklenburg Creeks Drawing is a beautiful original composition of the waterways of Charlotte.


A Focus on Sports

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This exhibition is a photographic exploration that reveals our region’s love of both amateur and professional sports, as participants and fans. This exhibit features 50 years of remarkable photographs drawn from the Charlotte Observer archives. The exhibit is guest curated by sports columnist, Ron Green, Sr., who shares his exceptional insights into the world of Charlotte sports.


Backcountry Gallery

The Backcountry Gallery takes children of all ages back in time with hands-on replicas of Colonial-era dwellings, furnishings, and a garden. These Colonial houses represent each of the vibrant cultures that lived in the Carolina Backcountry: the Catawba Nation, European immigrants, and African-Americans. Coloring pages also give kids a chance to let their creativity flow while learning about the Carolina Backcountry and the Alexander Family.