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 the site for the education of present and future generations. The museum building is the location of three continuing exhibitions: Rock House Mysteries, Keeping Watch on Water, and Charlotte Neighborhoods. Hezekiah Alexander played a leadership role in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County during the years North Carolina was a British colony. He was elected by his peers to lead during the critical years of 1774 to 1776 when Committees of Safety served as the de facto government following the end of royal government. He was then elected to serve as a member of the North Carolina Fifth Provincial Congress that wrote North Carolina’s first constitution and bill of rights. Hezekiah Alexander is remembered as a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Mecklenburg Resolves. Our student orientation and tours of the historic home site discuss the three cultures that were present in colonial Charlotte/Mecklenburg County: the Catawba Indian Nation, European Immigrants, and African Americans. We discuss how these groups would have lived and interacted.
3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
Science, technology, engineering, and math! These topics do not immediately come to mind when you think of history, but we think they should. Join the Charlotte Museum of History to see where all of our modern technologies came from and learn more about the people who created them. In this two and a half hour program, students will learn critical problem solving skills to better tackle difficult concepts and be encouraged to recognize the impact of early technological advancements on their lives today.
• Learn all about how Native Americans like the Catawba harnessed the natural environment to create strong materials and try your hand at making your own Native American inspired cordage.
• Visit the Spring House to explore early refrigeration before applying the scientific method to determine which body of water works best for each task you need to complete to live in the Carolina Backcountry.
• Help construct the Rock House to determine how early Americans engineered, constructed, and controlled the climate in their new homes… all without the use of electricity!
• Become a culinary chemist and learn how acids and bases were used to preserve food in Mrs. Alexander’s kitchen.
Tuesday – Friday
9:00am – 3:00pm
Charlotte Museum of History
$8 per student; $5 per adult
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Students will explore multiple sources of information including historical documents, buildings, and objects as they develop a strong understanding of historical context and problem solving.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Students will be encouraged to think critically about the materials presented and respond effectively and collaboratively to the instructor’s prompted questions.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally
Students will be presented with competing points of views and the multiple potential solutions encountered by historical actors as they are encourage to draw their own conclusions based on the evidence.
3.G.1 Understand the earth’s patterns by using the 5 themes of geography: (location, place, humanenvironment interaction, movement and regions).
Students will analyze the different ways early inhabitants of Mecklenburg County adapted to and changed their environment in order to meet their needs, paying particular attention to the available natural resources such as water, stone, and timber.
4.G.1 Understand how human, environmental and technological factors affect the growth and development of North Carolina.
Students will be confronted with numerous technological advancements including heat conservation, preservation of food sources, and the harnessing of various water sources before evaluating the effect these advancements had on settlement patterns and the growth of Mecklenburg County.
5.C.1 Understand how increased diversity resulted from migration, settlement patterns and economic development in the United States.
Students will compare and contrast the technologies of a variety of cultures present in the Carolina Backcountry during its early settlement, as well as explore the role of cultural exchange in the advancement of new technologies and innovations.
$100 cancelation fee
72 hours in advance