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WWI Exhibit coming to the Concord Museum

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Coming Soon to the Concord Museum and The Cabarrus County Veterans Museum

“Over There and Back Home:

Cabarrus County and the War to End All Wars”

Opening on February 20th, 2018

World War I was known by many names, the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All Wars. The Great War began in Europe in 1914 and escalated on a global scale, with battles being fought in Europe, Africa, and Asia. An estimated 70 million military personnel were involved in the war and over 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians lost their lives, making WWI one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

The United States, under the leadership of President Woodrow Wilson, maintained neutrality from the escalating war overseas. The U.S. did not enter the war officially until April of 1917. The decision to join the war effort came after Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare, targeting U.S. merchant ships, and after a particularly alarming telegram was sent to Mexico inviting the nation to join Germany in fighting against the neutral United States. 2.8 million American men were drafted and by the summer of 1918 approximately 10,000 American troops were being shipped to France each day, providing fresh soldiers for the European stage.

Cabarrus County provided almost 1,000 men and women to serve in the Great War. This exhibit will tell their story and the story of the families they left behind in Cabarrus County to protect the Home Front 100 years ago.

Photograph of James B. Cannon, son of Charles Lee Cannon and Minerva Sarah Alexander Cannon of Poplar Tent Road. HCA Collections – WWI Photos.

Volunteer Recruitment Drive

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Historic Cabarrus Association, Inc. is looking for a few good volunteers!

Summer is coming up faster than you think and The Concord Museum is expecting large numbers of visitors to be coming to downtown Concord.

Docents/Volunteers of Historic Cabarrus Association will greet visitors, keep a daily visitor count, and be responsible for handling sales at the Museum Store. The environment at the museum is relaxed and fun! We have rotating exhibits three times a year, which gives volunteers an opportunity to learn about the varied history of Cabarrus County and its many communities.

The Concord Museum is located inside the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse and shares space with the Cabarrus Arts Council, which also has wonderful rotating exhibitions on display. The museum is open 10-4 Tuesday through Friday, and volunteers can sign up for 3 hour blocks one or two days a week depending on their schedule. Weekly volunteer schedules will be flexible and can be changed with advanced notice.

If you love history and have a passion for the communities in Cabarrus County this is a wonderful opportunity for you! Please contact Ashley Sedlak-Propst for more information: 704-920-2465 or historiccabarrus@gmail.com.

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.

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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.

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