Join us for a lunchtime conversation and learn about all the people who helped build the Queen City and America we see today.

Our Lunch & Learn series uses Zoom to facilitate a short talk followed by a community discussion.

This program is recommended for adult and high school audiences as some material may not be relevant or accessible for younger viewers.

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Upcoming Programs:


Lunch & Learn: Ring Shout & “Remembrance”

Thursday, February 4, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Zoom – Free

For this installment of our Lunch & Learn series, we are joined by UNCC Department of Dance Professor Tamara Williams and Filmmaker Marlon Morrison to learn more about the history of Ring Shout dances and the creation of the piece “Remembrance” for the UNCC Fall Dance Concert. Portions of the piece were filmed outside Siloam School as Williams and Morrison looked to capture the history of this dance style in the shadow of Charlotte’s historic spaces.

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Lunch & Learn: Twelfth Night

Thursday, January 6, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on Zoom

Join the Charlotte Museum of History for a special Twelfth Night edition of our popular Lunch & Learn series. Learn about the food, music, and general merriment that early Charlotteans employed to mark the end of the holiday season.

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Lunch & Learn: Signs and Charlotte History

Thursday, December 3, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on Zoom

For this installment of the Lunch & Learn series, we are joined by local sign enthusiast and expert Christopher Lawing as he shares what Charlotte’s signs tell us about her history and why these important parts of our built environment should be preserved.


Lunch & Learn: Catawba Pottery: Tradition & Innovation

NOVEMBER 13, 2020

Pottery-making has been an integral part of Catawba identity for more than 4,000 years. Techniques have always been passed down from master to apprentice. Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation Bill Harris and his student, Elizabeth Harris, will put on a live demonstration of this historic art form and its modern innovations.

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Preservation Seminar Series

OCTOBER 20-22, 2020

Presented in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, this special seminar brought together nonprofits as well as local and state government agencies to help you learn about practical preservation tools you can use to preserve the built environment of our community

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Lunch & Learn: Modernism 101:

SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Midcentury modern architecture and design continues to inspire and delight well into the 21st century, but what exactly is it?

For this installment of our popular Lunch & Learn series we are joined by expert Susan Mayer of SVM Historical Consulting to start with the basics to help novices and experts alike understand and appreciate this important part of our built landscape here in the Queen City.

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Lunch & Learn: Votes for Women in North Carolina

JULY 30, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

The final vote for ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 came down to North Carolina and Tennessee. For this edition of our popular Lunch & Learn series, we are joined by Donna Kelly of the State Archives of North Carolina to learn more about this incredible story of struggle and perseverance as we celebrate 100 years of suffrage.

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Lunch & Learn: Spies, Traitors, & the Struggle for Independence

JULY 2, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Join The Charlotte Museum of History for a special Independence Day themed edition of our popular Lunch & Learn series. Education Specialist Lauren Wallace delves into the world of espionage and trickery to explore how spies and spy craft may have won the war.

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Lunch & Learn: Challenges on the Frontier in the 18th Century

JUNE 25, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Hugh Dussek – beloved Central Piedmont Community College Professor and one of The Charlotte Museum of History’s favorite colonial experts – looks back to the issues and challenges faced by the people living in Mecklenburg County in the colonial era and what we can learn as we face our own challenges in 2020.

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Lunch & Learn: Celebrating Juneteenth

JUNE 18, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

For this installment of our Lunch & Learn series, The Charlotte Museum of History is pleased to welcome Khadija McNair, Assistant Site Manager at Historic Stagville State Historic Site, to explore the enduring legacy of Juneteenth – what it is; why it matters; and celebrate the accomplishments, resistance, and persistence of the people Juneteenth remembers.

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Lunch & Learn: The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

MAY 20, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Charlotte Readers Podcast host Landis Wade chats with Scott Syfert, co-founder of the May 20th Society, about his search for the truth about the legendary Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Did Charlotte’s citizenry throw off the yoke of British rule on this day 245 years ago? Will the truth ever be uncovered?

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Lunch & Learn: “Rosenwald Schools”

MAY 7, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Angel Johnston, Adult Education Specialist at The Charlotte Museum of History, explores the story of how African Americans built, funded, and staffed more than 800 schools in the depths of Jim Crow-era North Carolina and across the South.

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Lunch & Learn: “Getting Dressed in the 18th Century”

April 23, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Fashion and textile historian Katy Werlin discusses the art and pageantry of getting dressed in eighteenth century America and Europe.

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Lunch & Learn: “Mobilizing Morale & Spirit”

April 9, 2020 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Hear from Dr. Brian Madison Jones and Dr. Mark Wilson about the history of the mobilization of morale and spirit in twentieth-century America.

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