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Carol Timblin and Larry Ferguson, outside the general store at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

“Step Into History, The Carl J. McEwen Historic Village,” a 12-minute video produced by the Mint Hill Historical Society, earned statewide recognition last month, winning a Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

It started with a need to take something to schools and other organizations, to show them what the Historical Society and the Historic Village had to offer.

With a matching grant of $2,500 from the Arts and Science Council, work was underway, with Historical Society co-founder Carol Timblin writing and producing, and member Larry Ferguson serving as director and videographer.

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Local histories for sale at historical society

The Mint Hill Historical Society provides hands-on, environmental learning that includes an entire village of restoration. What visitors may not know is that it also offers reading materials for sale. Residents and visitors inspired by historical learning at the society can continue their education on their own time through books on local history.

The Presbyterian Gathering on Clear Creek by Russell Martin Kerr and Over Flow on Clear Creek are two books for sale through the historical society that focus on the Mint Hill area. The Presbyterian Gathering focuses on the founding of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in the eighteenth century and is for sale for $25.

Over Flow on Clear Creek is a genealogy of descendants of James Flow (1821-1877) and David Flough (ca 1740-1792) of Mecklenburg County. It was written by Ken Flowe and Gail Flowe Honeycutt and is for sale for $55 at the historical society.

Part of the Images of America Series, the Mint Hill picture book provides citizens with a history recorded through photographs. The Mint Hill Historical Society published the book in honor of its twentieth anniversary. It can be purchased at the society or its website at www.minthillhistory.com/Society_News.cfm. For more information about the Mint Hill Historical Society and its literature, call 704-573-0726.

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Burdicks celebrate 50 years

Charlie and Jane Burdick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, August 4 at the Mint Hill Historical Society.  Their family and friends traveled from across the U.S. for the occasion.
The Burdicks were married Saturday, August 4, 1963 in Minnesota.  They have two daughters and five grandchildren.  They met their senior year at the University of Minnesota and married when they were 23 years old.
The party had an old-time southern feel.  The historic buildings, folk band, and gospel singers Karen and William Lindzy Washington provided the ambiance.
Dinner was provided by a caterer and served in the schoolhouse, and a bar was on site.  Tables and chairs were set under a tent, lit by strings of lights.
The Burdicks both volunteer at the historical society.  Charlie works on the grounds and Jane as a docent.  It’s a special place for them. Continue reading

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Genealogy workshop at Mint HIll Historical Society

The Mint Hill Historical Society is holding a genealogy workshop August 11 at 10 am.  The workshop still has openings.  The society is looking for a convection oven to host old fashioned biscuit making classes.  This will be a focus of future workshops.  For more information, call 704-573-0726.

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AFMAC honors ex-POWs with movie

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas (AFMAC) will present a documentary honoring ex-prisoners of war at three venues. On Saturday, May 26, at the Mint Hill Historical Society’s Ashcraft Schoolhouse, 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, showings are at 9:30 am and 10:30 am (space is limited). Other showings are Saturday, May 26, at 3 pm at the Morrison Regional Library and Wednesday, May  30, at 7 pm at the South Charlotte Banquet Center, 9009 Bryant Farms Road. All showings are free and open to the public.
The video, entitled Honoring Our World War II Heroes—The American POW Experience, is a 30-minute broadcast-quality documentary about the POW experience and is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and sharing the courage and sacrifices of our local WWII heroes, many of whom live in our community.
AFMAC, a museum scheduled to break ground in Mint Hill in 2014, will be unique in that it will honor all five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. When completed, visitors will experience an educational showcase of 250 years of military history combined with the home front support and sacrifices. Details and donation information can be seen at VisitAFMAC.org.

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