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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Past Programs:

Special Program – History Talks Lecture: Sophia Rosenfeld on “Democracy and Truth: A Short History”

Thursday, July 1, 2021 
Livestream

Celebrate Independence Day with a free, virtual Ron Hankins History Talks Lecture featuring Sophia Rosenfeld, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Democracy and Truth: A Short History.” Rosenfeld will explore the backstory of the tension in democracies between the supposed wisdom of the crowd and the need for trusted and accurate information, which is the subject of her book. The program is part of the Ron Hankins “History Talks” Lecture Series, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Lunch & Learn: The Sloan-Porter House – Soup-to-Nuts Preservation

Thursday, May 27, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. on Zoom

Celebrate Preservation Month and learn about one of few remaining 18th century homes in Charlotte – The Sloan-Porter House. Homeowners and preservation-enthusiasts Brian and Sarah Clarke will discuss the trials and successes of restoring the c. 1790 Sloan-Porter House, largely on their own. Guest host Kristi Harpst, Program Manager at Historic Districts for the City of Charlotte and member of the Museum’s Preservation Committee, will interview the Clarkes and share resources for homeowners.

Lunch & Learn: Chinese Foodways: Fried Rice & Family

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

Join us for a live-streamed Lunch and Learn on May 6 exploring the cultural history and significance of Chinese food with Dr. Michelle King, associate professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill. King will discuss the importance of food and family in Chinese culture and how they connect people across national boundaries.

Professor King also will talk about the current social climate for Chinese food in America and how this has been influenced by recent political rhetoric and the rise of anti-Asian hate.

Lunch & Learn: Collecting Charlotte’s History

Thursday, April 22, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on Zoom

Join Charlotte Museum of History President & CEO Adria Focht to step inside the vault and explore some of the treasures of the Museum not currently on display. Each object has a story to tell about all the people who have called the Queen City home.

Lunch & Learn: Unforgettable Music Venues of Charlotte

Thursday, April 8, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on Zoom

Join host Ian Pasquini for a conversation with the people who make our venues possible. Hear their stories, their triumphs, their amusing anecdotes, and learn more about the third places that help define our community and make Charlotte home.

Lunch & Learn: Revolution in the Backcountry

Thursday, March 25, 2021 
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. on Zoom

For the next installment of our Lunch & Learn series, long-time Charlotte Museum of History volunteer Tom Phlegar will take us on a journey through the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and explore how the people of the Backcountry may have won the war.

Ring Shout and “Remembrance”

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

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.

 

 

 

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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