Historical Society purchases land for future growth

The Mint Hill Times

Mint Hill Historical Society leaders Judy McWhirter, Becky Griffin, Stan Davis and Bob Rowland commemorate the purchase of new land for the society.

If you recall over the summer the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners approved a unique deal that allowed Evans Construction a Special Use Permit for minor changes to its development behind Mint Hill Village in exchange for two plots of land that the Mint Hill Historical Society could obtain for its facilities on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
It is now official, as the Historical Society announced yesterday that it is “the proud owner of an additional 3/4 of an acre of land.”
The historical society will make improvements to the already impressive Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.

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Flight of Honor postponed due to conflict with Liberal rally

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Flight of Honor for World War II Veterans scheduled for October 2 has been postponed to Tuesday, November 9. The postponement was due to the complications of a rally in Washington the same day. The rally, called “One Nation Working Together,” will feature the N.A.A.C.P., the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the National Council of La Raza and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Continue reading

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Explore the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market this weekend

There have been many great Farmer’s Markets which have popped up around the Charlotte region in recent years. But have you been to Mint Hill’s Farmer’s Market located at the Historical Society? August is a busy time at the Market–in addition to getting great deals on everything from fresh veggies and flowers, to eggs, to organic, locally raised beef, the Historical Society will have several programs in August. Check out the flier below for the schedule. Aside from all the great produce, you might also want to tour the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village where the MHHS has restored buildings such as a vintage doctor’s office, schoolhouse, a general store and more. It’s not a stretch to say there are few historical villages of its kind anywhere in North Carolina.

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NC Korean War Memorial update

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Don Putnam, one of the Korean War veterans spearheading the effort to build the NC Korean War Memorial in Mint Hill, said they raised more than $2,000 at last week’s fundraiser. This past weekend, they attended a service in Cherokee, NC to honor a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Charles George, who died in the Korean War. George, who was born in Cherokee, dove on a grenade during the war to save fellow comrades. It’s soldiers like George the Memorial will honor.

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Morning Star Lutheran Church honored by Historic Charlotte

Historic Charlotte, Inc will honor the Morning Star Lutheran Chapel on Idlewild Road for its historical preservation.  The awards will be given at Historic Charlotte’s annual Blast for the Past starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15th at The Duke Mansion (celebrating its 95th year). Blast for the Past is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HistoricCharlotte.

Four other Charlotte-area historical and preservation projects will be honored in addition to Morning Star.

Morning Star Lutheran Chapel was built in 1906 and has a long history in the Mint Hill Matthews community. Continue reading

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Matthews redefines its historic preservation outlook

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A Historic Preservation Task Force appointed by Matthews Mayor Lee Myers has completed their work and presented their recommendations to the Matthews Board of Commissioners tonight.

The group began meeting in November 2008. They were charged with answering three questions: What is the future of the history in Matthews? Do we need a plan to preserve the history of Matthews? If so, what should the plan look like and whose responsibility is it to preserve the history of Matthews?

The Task Force was co-chaired by Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Taylor and Paula Lester of the Matthews Historical Foundation. The group made the following recommendations: Continue reading

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