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First Event of 2018!

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Join us on Tuesday, January 9th, 7 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave. SE for a fun and informative presentation on the role the Carolinas played in the American Revolution. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday January 9th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Cabarrus County Senior Center, 331 Corban Ave. SE, Concord, NC 28025

A presentation of the events in the Carolina backcountry from early 1780 to the surrender of the British at Yorktown.  With more battles occurring within 100 miles of Charlotte, NC, than all the rest of the thirteen colonies combined over the entire eight-year period of the war, much is available to be examined.

It begins with the British strategy leading to the campaign in the South and the events that took place over the next eighteen months.  A detailed description of the Battle of Charlotte is presented.  Places such as Ramsour’s Mill, Buford, SC, Kings Mountain, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse, Waxhall and others, all of which are just a short drive away are also explored.  When a battle is fought, what is the significance of the outcome and how did it affect those involved and the strategy employed in the future?  Such a discussion enlightens the overall appreciation of the events as they occurred.

More important, is the examination of the people and personalities involved on both sides.  Not just the military commanders, but literally the civil war that existed among neighbors and even among immediate families.

Included in the presentation are pictures of the areas discussed and how they look today.  What is passed by, sometimes on a daily basis, often is the location of a very significant occurrence.

The overall purpose of this presentation is to give the person attending a deeper appreciation of this area’s part in the struggle for our nation’s independence and the many sacrifices made by our forefathers so that we, as ordinary citizens, may enjoy the liberties we have today.

“Number Please” Now On Display at the Concord Museum

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Coming Soon to the Concord Museum, Number Please, the story of the Concord Telephone Company.

The Concord Museum will be opening on August 15th with their newest exhibit, “Hold the Phone” 120 Years of Progress: The Story of the Concord Telephone Company. The exhibit features artifacts, documents, and photographs from Historic Cabarrus Association’s Concord Telephone Company collection. Visitors will have the opportunity to view and interact with a visual timeline of the evolution of the telephone, from the early 20th century to today. “Hold the Phone” will be on display at the Concord Museum through January 26th, 2018.

2017 Annual Fundraiser

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Please Join Us for our 2017 Annual Fundraiser, October 14th

The Historic J.M. Odell house

Boasting a blend of Italianate and Second Empire architectural styles, the John Milton Odell house stands as a shining example of downtown Concord’s architectural legacy. The house has been lovingly restored by current resident Richard Milan, who has generously opened his home to Historic Cabarrus Association.

We look forward to having you join us for a Haunting, Historical Event with dinner, drinks, and tours of Mr. Milan’s beautiful home.

$100 of your $150 is a tax-deductible donation that will go towards funding restoration and preservation projects within Cabarrus County. Your donation will also make you a member of Historic Cabarrus Association for one year. Please RSVP by calling 704-920-2465 or reserve your seat by mailing a check to P.O. Box 966, Concord, NC 28026.

Outstanding Young Historian Award Nomination

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Calling All Teachers!

Did you know Historic Cabarrus Association awards Outstanding Young Historians?

Each May we honor a Middle or High School student attending a Cabarrus County school for their dedication to the study of the history of Cabarrus County, the State of North Carolina, and/or the United States.

Our inaugural recipient, Miss Dorothy McGee put together a pamphlet and program on the historic portraits on display in the 1876 Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, partnering with The Honorable Judge Clarence Horton for her project. Miss Maizie Croom worked in the HCA Archives as part of her 8th grade IB project, helping sort and preserve letters written and received by a Concord native in 1904.

One of your students could be next! Please check out the link below to see our Nomination Form and to learn more about nominating your outstanding young historian.


Students are honored and presented with a Certificate of their achievement at our Annual Meeting each May. They are also honored with their name on our Award Plaque, displayed at the Concord Museum.

“A City of Steeples” on Display at the Concord Museum

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City of Steeples

Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of our newest exhibit, “A City of Steeples.” The exhibit is now on display at The Concord Museum, located in the historic Cabarrus County Courthouse downtown Concord.

“A City of Steeples” focuses on the growth of churches and the spread of different denominations in Cabarrus County throughout the 19th century. As the United States was experiencing a Second Great Awakening and religion was spreading throughout the Northeast and the expanding American West, the same was happening right here in our own county. Photographs and artifacts from more than twelve early Cabarrus County churches are on display, along with histories and interesting facts about each church.

Please join us at The Concord Museum to learn more about the history of Cabarrus County and its people.

Preservation and Pints Annual Fundraiser on November 4th

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Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. will be hosting their Annual Fundraiser, Preservation and Pints, at Cabarrus Brewing Company on Friday November 4th.

Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ will be catering the event with a large array of delicious BBQ pork, chicken, and sides and Cabarrus Brewing Company will provide local beer and wine.

There will be a cocktail hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner. After dinner, the entertainment will continue into the evening as KanePunch Comedy will lead the crowd with History-themed Trivia! Brush up on your American, North Carolina, and Cabarrus County history and be prepared to laugh and enjoy the evening’s entertainment.

Come out and support Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc.’s local preservation efforts with Preservation and Pints! Tickets are $75 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Ashley Sedlak-Propst at 704-920-2465 or email

Treasured Teachers Exhibit now on Display!

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Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 6.43.13 PM“Class” is in session! The Concord Museum is pleased to announce that our newest exhibit, Treasured Teachers, is open. This exhibit focuses on the educators and innovators of Cabarrus County who inspired generations of students, from elementary school to their college days.

Treasured Teachers will run from August 19, 2016 through January 20, 2017 at the Concord Museum.

A Special Thank You
We would like to say thank you to the following sponsors for their generosity and continued support.