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Learn about Charlotte and Steele Creek History at the Library

(July 11, 2019) Learn about Charlotte and Steele Creek history with Dr. 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 cmlibrary.org

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.

The Charlotte 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, or click HERE for additional information on the book and how to purchase it.

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