Documentary Gallery

Timeline: History Transformed into Art

This is a unique story of a community working together to commemorate the founding of Charlotte's first electric streetcar suburb in 1891.
Winner of the Paul Green Multimedia Awardfrom the N C Society of Historians.

Backcountry Back Then

The Harvest Day Celebration at the Schiele Museum's Backcountry Farm in Gastonia, NC is a living lesson in history. Skilled re-enactors demonstrate an authentic 18th century version of our contemporary Thanksgiving, laboring by an open hearth, baking, and stewing a "grand fare" of traditional delights.

Liberty on the Border - Behind the Scenes

Charlotte Museum of History's staff and a host of volunteers work together to assemble the exhibit's many kiosks, video stations and display cases; dozens of artifacts, archival documents, broadsides and reproductions are carefully unpacked and examined before being put on view.

Charles O. Perry - Pure Form

The extraordinary artist Charles O.Perry, a sculptor, designer, inventor and architect who produced more than 100 commissioned pieces seen all over the world. He specialized in large public sculpture, but also designed furniture and puzzles.

Total Paint - Carl Plansky

Carl Plansky the abstract expressionist who stretched canvas with the de Koonings, Grace Hartigan, Milton Resnick and Joan Mitchell died in 2009 at the age of 58, leaving over 400 unsold works in his studio.

What If?

Omimeo Theater in rehearsal for a production featuring blacklight techniques.

Moving As One - War Horse Puppeteers

Tony Award winning "War Horse" owes a great deal of its success to the talented puppeteers who manipulate Joey the horse. It takes 3 performers working in total synch to express the nuances of emotions that have brought audiences to tears in London, New York, and now on tour around the world. "War Horse" gallops into Charlotte in May 2013, but you can catch a glimpse of the puppetry magic right now.

Perpetual Bloomer - The Americus Quilting Club

Like the quilt designed by one of its longtime members, the Americus Quilting Club is a "Perpetual Bloomer" that continues to grow and flower. Since its inception nearly nine decades ago, the club has fostered fellowship among its members, preserved and furthered the tradition of hand quilting, and created communal works of art for charitable causes.

Eliza Lucas Pinckney

In 1739, Major George Lucas moved from Antigua to Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters. Soon after their arrival, England declared war on Spain and he was recalled to Antigua to join his regiment. His wife in poor health, he left his daughter Eliza, 17, in charge of his three plantations. Following his instructions, she began experimenting with plants at the family estate on Wappoo Creek. She succeeded in growing indigo and producing a rich, blue dye from the leaves, thus bringing a profitable new cash crop to Carolina planters. Christy Peasant portrays Eliza, a woman ahead of her time.