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Through a variety of programs, festivals, and events, the Museum presents fun opportunities for all ages to explore the history of the New South. Learn about the types of programs and events offered at the Museum throughout the year.

Check out our calendar for specific upcoming programs.

Program Series
Signature Events

Program Series

Through lectures, panel discussions, book signings, workshops, walking tours and more, Levine Museum offers a wide variety of fun, learning opportunities. The Museum provides historical context for contemporary issues, thoughtful community forums, and explorations of the sights, sounds and ideas of the Carolina Piedmont.

New South for the New Southerner Series
Find Charlotte's heart and soul in Levine Museum of the New South's program series, New South for the New Southerner. Historian Dr. Tom Hanchett will lead lively educational discussions on Charlotte's history and its future, covering topics as varied and colorful as why so many streets are named Sharon, what business was like in Charlotte before interstate banking, and where you can drive 105 without getting a ticket! Local voices from the community will join him in leading the program and sharing stories.

This lighthearted lesson in local history is ideal for newcomers and natives, and features hors d'oeuvres from Mert's Heart & Soul, and access to the exhibits.

Programs will be held in fall, winter and spring. Visit our calendar for dates and details on individual programs.

Presented by Marsh Properties, sponsors include The Charlotte Observer and WFAE 90.7 FM.
Walking Tours
During the month of May the Museum offers walking tours that take participants through uptown Charlotte and the Fourth Ward neighborhood, with a look at the history behind today’s Center City. Led by Museum historian Dr. Tom Hanchett, the tours present a unique opportunity to get out in the city and up close with uptown's history.
Civic By Design
A monthly free forum exploring growth issues in the Charlotte region, presented in partnership with the Charlotte Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Held at the Museum on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at 5:30 pm.

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Signature Events
Taste of the New South
For the last 16 years, Levine Museum has hosted Taste of the New South, one of Charlotte's premiere fundraising events. The event has been a major success for the Museum, with increased financial support and attendance each year. While TAste of the NEw South has evolved over the past several years, it continues to deliver a creative, fun and unique experience for guests, and be reflective of the institution’s mission and values.

From 1997 to 2010, the annual fundraising event featured an evening cocktail reception with cuisine from a prominent regional resort or inn. The featured partner would transform the museum through decor and prepare a special menu to bring their experience to guests here in Charlotte.

In 2011, Taste of the New South turned into an anniversary party! In honor of the Museum's 20th anniversary, the 2011 fundraiser celebrated the Museum with the theme "Taste of Time." Since then, Taste of the New South has surprised guests with fresh, new themes each year and continued to deliver memorable experiences for guests thhrough inspired food, decor and entertainment.

While the theme may change, the importance and impact of remains consistent. As the Museum's signature fundraising event, proceeds raised from Taste of the New South help underwrite Levine Museum’s ongoing educational and outreach programming. These programs serve and directly impact our surrounding communities' middle school, high school and college students. Such programming also includes professional development for our teachers and professors, off-site school presentations and experiences, on-site exhibit tours, programs and facilitated dialogue. Thanks to event partners, sponsors, host committee members and guests, Taste of the New South has raised more than $1 million over the past 16 years.

Taste of the New South through the years ...

2014 - Savor the Sixties
2013 - Murphy to Manteo
2012 - Local Flavor!
2011 - Taste of Time, Special 20th Anniversary Party
2010 - Eseeola Lodge, Linville, NC – Chef Patrick Maisonhaute
2009 - Pinehurst Resort, NC - Chef Thierry Debailleui
2008 - The Fearrington, Chapel Hill, NC - Chef Graham Fox
2007 - Biltmore, Asheville, NC - Chef Edwin French
2006 - The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, GA - Chefs Stephen James Jordan and Scott Pikey
2005 - The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island, SC - Chefs Matthew Niessner and Doug Blair
2004 - The Homestead, Hot Spring, VA - Chef Josef Schelch
2003 - The Cloister, Sea Island, GA - Chef Todd Rogers
2002 - Eseeola Lodge, Linville, NC - Chef John Hofland
2001 - The Richmond Hill Inn, Asheville, NC - Chef Brian Ross
2000 - Woodlands Resort & Inn, Summerville, SC - Chef Ken Vedrinski
1999 - The Fearrington House, Chapel Hill, NC - Chef Cory Mattson
1998 - The Society for the Revival and Preservation of Southern Food - Edna Lewis & Scott Peacock
1997 - The Inn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN - Chef John Fleer
Distinguished Lecturer
The Distinguish Lecturer series continues to help the Museum further its mission to put Southern history into a regional, national and global context. Since 1995, the Museum has brought outstanding historians, authors and journalists to Charlotte audiences. Past Distinguished Lecturers include:
John Hope Franklin
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Charlie Rose
Tom Wolfe
Michael Beschloss
Lee Smith
Clyde Edgerton
David McCullough
David Gergen
A Woman's Place
Each year, the Museum and Charlotte's "Woman of the Year" organization present A Woman's Place. The event is held in March in recognition of Women's History Month. This program was created to explore the evolving roles of women in the New South and to celebrate their outstanding accomplishments. In the past, panels have featured media professionals, Latina community leaders, police officers and firefighters, and college and university presidents.

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