STEELE CREEK NEWS
Learn about the
Meck Dec at Historical Society Meeting on April 30
15, 2007) Ms. Jane Johnson from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main
Library will be the speaker for April 30th meeting of the Steele
Creek Historical and Genealogical Society. She will tell about the
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and its significance in
influencing America's Declaration of Independence. She will also be
telling us about the upcoming celebration of its anniversary in May.
Declaration of Independence was signed by a group of Mecklenburg
County patriots on May 20, 1775. This is one of the two dates
displayed on the North Carolina state flag. One of the signers was
Robert Irwin who lived in the northern portion of Steele Creek that
later became Berryhill Township. There is no actual physical
document to prove the Meck Dec's existence, but Mecklenburg county
residents and the entire state of North Carolina continue to
celebrate it and its ideals.
The meeting will
be at 7:00 P.M. on April 30 the Steele Creek Library (13620 Steele Creek Road).
The Society is
planning a field trip and picnic for its May 28th meeting. The final
arrangements have not been tied down, but the current plan is to
tour Bethel Presbyterian Church and its cemetery on Hwy 557 in York
Mr. Dale Loberger will be the speaker for the June 25th meeting back
at the library. Mr. Loberger is a geographic information systems
(GIS) instructor with ESRI in Charlotte. He has done extensive
research on The Great Wagon Road. His program should be interesting,
especially to those who enjoy old maps and geography.
The Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society meets on the
last Monday of each month, except July and December. All meetings
are at the Steele Creek Branch Library except for the November
Christmas feast and when the library is unavailable due to early
voting. The alternate meeting site is the Central
Steele Creek Presbyterian Church. Meetings begin at at 7:00 P.M.
except for special times set for a function.
Each meeting features
a guest speaker. Presentations cover various topics involving the
history of Mecklenburg and York Counties, but emphasis on the Steele
Mr. Judson Crow was
the speaker for the January meeting. His subject was the Battle of
Cowan's Ford that occurred in northern Mecklenburg County on
February 1, 1781. Mrs. Jane Burdick spoke in February. She is from
the Historic Doctor's Museum in Mint Hill and discussed medicines
available to people in our area before the arrival of modem drug
Companies. In March Ms. Lee Goodan and Ms. Leslie Kesler, staff
members from the Charlotte Museum of History, spoke.
The Society has
donated various photographs and other records to the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library System. These are available at
the Steele Creek Library and at the Carolina Room and the Main
Annual dues are $15.00 payable by January each year. A quarterly
newsletter, GLEANINGS, is published in January, April, July, and
October. Dues may be paid at any meeting or sent by mail to
Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 411711
Charlotte, NC 28241
For more information on the Society and the history of Steele Creek,
Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society web site.
Linda Blackwelder to confirm meeting locations and times.