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
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 portion of our past. Students will learn the early history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County by exploring the three primary cultural groups of the region: Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans. Program activities prompt students to think about the similarities and differences between people from different cultures in order to better understand their experiences today. In addition to an introduction to our local history and cultural heritage, this educational program is designed to reinforce positive skills such as listening, self-regulation, and cooperation with others.
Lauren Wallace; Education Specialist
The Charlotte Museum of History; at your school
$10 per student; $5 per adult
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.
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.
$100 cancellation fee.
72 hours in advance.