Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Upcoming Events

Martyr of Loray Mill: Ella May and the 1929 Textile Workers’ Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina
Book Talk by Kristina Horton

Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 pm       
Admission is free!

Textile worker, labor activist, and protest balladeer Ella May played a central role in the Loray Mill strike of 1929, the biggest communist-led strike in United States history.  Ella’s union involvement, ability to move audiences with her music, and her efforts to support desegregation and labor rights for African Americans at the height of Jim Crow made her a target of violence.  At only 28-years old, pregnant and a mother of five surviving children, Ella May was assassinated on her way to a union meeting in Gastonia, NC.  Although there were many witnesses, no one was ever held accountable for the crime.

Kristina Horton, great-granddaughter of Ella May, will discuss the 1929 strike and ongoing efforts to memorialize Ella May’s legacy, as well as her personal journey in discovering an unsung heroine in one of her ancestors.

                                                                                                                    
Rediscovering the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp at the Kings Mountain State Park in South Carolina
Presented by Mike Baxter

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Admission is free!

Mike Baxter, History Professor at Central Piedmont Community College and Belmont Abbey College, will discuss recent archaeological excavations at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp at the South Carolina Kings Mountain State Park and efforts made by his students to understand the importance of the CCC’s work in this area.  This subject will be featured in an upcoming documentary on WTVI PBS Charlotte, and plans are in place to complete a hiking trail with interpretive signage that will lead people through the remains of the CCC Camp.


Carolina Belle
Book Talk by Rose Senehi

Wednesday April 12 at 5:30 pm
Admission is free!

You will never look at an apple the same way again after reading Rose Senehi’s most recent book, Carolina Belle.  The story follows Belle McKenzie, a botanist and farmer who is obsessed with creating a "billion dollar" apple she'll call the Carolina Belle, and determined to rekindle the love her obsession has nearly destroyed.

 
Public Scanning & Oral History Day
Thursday, April 20 from 1 - 5pm
Admission is free!

Do you have family photos you’d like to digitize to preserve and share?  Do you have stories to tell about Kings Mountain’s history?  KMHM invites the public to share their stories and photographs of the area’s history, from family photos to stories about the textile mills and racecar drivers.  Videography and photo scanning will take place from 1-5 pm.
 

Old Timey Spring Picnic
Saturday, May 20 from 12-4

Free admission for museum members; $10 non-members
Live music, BBQ, historic games, storytelling, craft demonstrations by costumed interpreters, tours of the historic Barber & Cornwell homes, and more!


Roaring Twenties Program for Children & Families
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Admission is free!

Experience the fashion, dancing, and music of the 1920s with a special performance. Make your own flapper headband to take home! All ages welcome, admission is free.

 
A Passel of Trouble: The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning
Book Talk by Joe Epley

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 pm
Admission is free!

A Passel of Trouble is a meticulously researched fact-based historical novel about one of the most extraordinary characters of the American Revolutionary War. The saga follows David Fanning, a 19-year old Loyalist, and his Quaker friend Josh Lindley as they find themselves at philosophical odds, yet allied to preserve the king's rule in the Carolinas.  Through a series of captures, gutsy escapes, raids, and ambushes, Fanning’s exploits inspired admiration in his followers and dread in his enemies; before the war was over, he was considered the most feared man in North Carolina.  In addition to demonstrating how Fanning grew from a naive backwoods militia sergeant to a highly skilled partisan leader, A Passel of Trouble provides insight into the significant role a prominent Quaker played during the war and his influence on Fanning's career.

 
14th Annual Reverse Raffle & Auctions
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Event includes Reverse Raffle & Live, Silent, and Cake Auctions.  Tickets are $125 each which includes dinner for 2. 
 Link to the event page here.  Grand prize is $10,000!






Toys, Games & TRAINS Exhibit Sneak Preview
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Free admission for museum members; $10 non-members





Spirit of Christmas Past
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10am – 7pm
Admission is free!

10am-3pm: Experience the magic of the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit, and tour the historic Barber House decorated for the holidays.  Learn about the history of Christmas celebrations, and participate in traditional craft demonstrations led by 18th century costumed interpreters.  Bring home your own hand-made ornaments!

3pm-5pm: City of Kings Mountain’s annual Christmas Parade.

5pm-7pm: Enjoy a special “night run” of the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit, candlelight tours of the historic Barber House, and hot apple cider with cookies by the firelight.


Santa & Mrs. Claus
Saturday December 9, 2017 from 11am – 1pm
Admission is free!

Santa Claus will be at the Museum during the Toys, Games & TRAINS exhibit to visit with the little ones.  Mrs. Claus will also do a special reading of the classic 1823 children’s story, “The Night Before Christmas.” ​