STEELE CREEK NEWS
Learn about Charlotte
and Steele Creek History at the Library
11, 2019) Learn about Charlotte and Steele Creek history with
Tom Hanchett, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library's Resident Historian,
and Steele Creek Historian Linda Blackwelder.
Where: Steele Creek Library
13620 Steele Creek Road
When: Wednesday, August 14th
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Register online at
How did Charlotte become the bustling city we see today? The
library’s new Historian-in-Residence, Dr. Tom Hanchett, digs into
those stories. Steele Creek native Linda Blackwelder adds stories of
nearby places: Shopton Road, early churches, the African American
McClintock Rosenwald School and more.
Mecklenburg Library welcomes its first-ever Historian-in-Residence,
Dr. Tom Hanchett, who on July 1, 2019 began a 12-month residence. In
this new role Hanchett, who is a community historian in Charlotte,
will serve as a community connector to enhance the visibility,
contributions and reputation of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room
through programs, events, vlogs, and other information detailing the
history of Charlotte.
Linda Blackwelder has spent over 40
years researching Steele Creek people and its history and is a
virtual encyclopedia of Steele Creek information. She has lived in
Steele Creek for 56 years. She founded and was the first president
of Steele Creek Residents Association and started the Land Use
Committee to monitor rezonings in the community. In 1994 she started
the Steele Creek Historical and Genealogy Society, which is still
meeting. She was Editor of the Society's Gleanings newsletter for 19
years. She has served as president of Steele Creek Elementary and
Kennedy Junior High PTAs. She also wrote a history of Central Steele
Creek Presbyterian Church in 1980.
Linda has written and published an
Early History of the Steele Creek Community. It primarily covers
families from original settlers up to the Civil War but also covers
Native Americans as well as early stores, businesses, churches, and
schools. Copies will be available for purchase at the presentation,
HERE for additional information on the book and how to
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