4 Things to See and Do at Levine Museum
FOR THE PAST 26 YEARS, the Levine Museum of the New South has explored the post-Civil War growth and historical trends of the region. Whether you’re a new resident, visitor, or native, this season brings plenty to check out at the Levine. Below, read about exhibits that look at the Camp Greene of yesteryear, the Keith Scott protests in 2016, and the museum’s permanent 8,000-square-foot centerpiece.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the military facility in West Charlotte, the Levine Museum immerses visitors in Camp Greene’s formation. The facility sent out nearly 60,000 soldiers overseas to fight in World War I. It’s a surprising, untold aspect of Charlotte’s history, highlighted in this immersive exhibit.
This is an exhibit created by Charlotte's community, examining police shootings in this city and across the U.S. In particular, the exhibit looks at what took place in Charlotte following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September of 2016. Visitors hear from protesters, pastors, police officers, and others who were in the streets of Charlotte during the week of the shooting. It’s a challenging, comprehensive look at how the event continues to impact the city.
With more than 1,000 artifacts, photographs, bits of oral history, and multimedia clips, this award-winning, permanent exhibit is a survey of Charlotte since the Civil War. One of the most surprising aspects of Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers is its "environments" -- six stations that let users step into history. You can explore a one-room farmer's home, kick back on the front porch of a mill home, sit at a mid-century lunch counter, and more.
Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers now comes with a scavenger hunt, as part of the programming initiative Access History. In looking for the items in the hunt, visitors are able to make further connections between the history of the city and the Charlotte of today. The scavenger hunt identifies key points in the sections “Farming Transformed,” "Bringing Mills to the Cotton,” “Building Cities,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “Whirlwind of Growth.”
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