LANGUAGE OF CLAY: CATAWBA INDIAN POTTERY & ORAL
February 11- May 9, 2020
Based on collections at the University of South Carolina Lancaster's Native American Studies Center, the Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian Pottery through contemporary and historical stories. These stories focus on the c.1900's to present through highlighting the history of the Catawba Indian Nation and the connections between their pottery and their oral traditions. The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many ways distinctive between potters and their mentors.
The exhibit is brought to the Kings Mountain Historical Museum by the Catawba Indian Nation.
PEOPLE & PLACE:
THE GILDED AGE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC
June 23-October 24, 2020
The city of Kings Mountain, NC was incorporated on October 16, 1874 during the era termed the "Gilded Age" which refers to the time period between 1870 and 1900. This period of time often evokes images of great wealth and businessmen such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and G.W. Vanderbilt who became wealthy as the steel, oil, and railroad industries flourished. This exhibit explores the beginnings of Kings Mountain and how the "Gilded Age" in North Carolina was a time of dramatic cultural transformation bringing new technology, new consumer goods, new patterns of living, and new opportunities for women.