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Charlotte Museum of History

Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History, a 501(c)(3) organization, educates a broad public audience about the founding story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, in the context of national history. Our mission is to provide quality educational programming at the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site and to preserve

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When Charlotte Was Young Like Me!


Program Description

When Charlotte Was Young Like Me! is an interactive two-hour program that presents the cultures of the Carolina Backcountry to students through hands-on activities such as playing musical instruments and creating pottery. The program also includes a tour of the Hezekiah Alexander Rock House that allows students to use their senses to explore what it would have been like to live during this


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Workshop
Cultural Origin: African, European, Native American
Subject: Music, Social Studies / History
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:


Available times:



The Charlotte Museum of History; at your school

Fees / Ticketing:

$10 per student; $5 per adult


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

During When Charlotte Was Young Like Me!, students learn and respond to information about Charlotte’s founding by the African American, European American, and Catawba Indian people.

SL.K.1.A Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

WCWYLM encourages students to participate in discussions and interactive activities while remaining aware and respectful of teachers and peers.

W.K.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

During the course of WCWYLM, students are guided to complete a worksheet based on the three cultures of the Carolina Backcountry that covers foodways, musical traditions, and clothing styles.

NC Essential Standards:

K.G.2.2 Explain ways people use environmental resources to meet basic needs and wants (shelter, food, clothing, etc.)

When Charlotte Was Young Like Me! looks at resource use from the perspectives of each culture of the Carolina Backcountry. The program explains how people from these cultures used natural resources to create modes of travel, provide food and clothing for themselves, build homes, and create music.

K.C.1.2 Explain the elements of culture (how people speak, how people dress, foods they eat, etc.)

Students at WCWYLM learn about the dynamic nature of culture and how it can mix and change over time. They compare different contributions to local culture by the three original peoples of the Carolina Backcountry through discussions of food, music, language comparisons, and clothing before exploring where they see these different cultures in Charlotte today.

K.ML.1.3 Execute simple rhythms using body, instruments, or voice.

Students are led in musical rhythms on shakers, drums, and banjos. They compare instrument construction and tones and learn about these instruments’ origins.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Cancellation Policy

$100 cancellation fee.
72 hours in advance.