Stop by and visit our Museum Store, located just inside the front lobby. We carry a wide selection of books related to Charlotte, the region and our exhibits - from history to travel to southern cuisine. We also carry other items such jewelry, home accents, children's activities, and Charlotte souvenir items.
We're especially pleased to offer locally-made items including "Courtney Paul Chocolates," "Made by Elizabeth" soaps and lotions, "Mallory's Candles," and southern-inspired gourmet popcorn flavors from Belmont-based "Tastebuds."
Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 - 5 p.m. Visitors are always welcome to visit the store without paying Museum admission.
Don't forget - Museum members receive a 10% discount on all merchandise!
Tom's Top 12!
We often get asked for book suggestions or gift ideas, so we asked Community Historian Dr. Tom Hanchett for his picks! Below is a list of 12 items, ranging from bluegrass music to Brown vs. Board of Education, selected by Dr. Hanchett. All of which you can find in the Museum Store!
- Mary Kratt, Charlotte: A Brief History - Want to pick up just one book about Charlotte? This is it. From Indian crossroads to textile trading city to banking boomtown, meet the people who made Charlotte grow.
- Frye Gaillard, The Dream Long Deferred 3rd ed - a former Charlotte Observer reporter investigates the history behind Charlotte's present-day school debates. This new edition takes the story from the Civil Rights era up to 2006.
- Richard Kluger, Simple Justice - the classic history of the school desegregation case Brown v Board of Education, with emphasis on Rev. J.A. De Laine of South Carolina, who is the subject of Levine Museum's award-winning Courage exhibit, opening its national tour in Atlanta this January.
- Sara Roahen and John T. Edge, editors, The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook - Food is such a tasty way to learn history! University of Mississippi's Southern Foodways Alliance is renowned for smart, engaging insights on every aspect of this region's edible culture.
- Tom Hanchett & Marshall Wyatt, Barbecue Any Old Time: Blues from the Pit 1927 - 1942 - Living Blues magazine named this the year's best historical (pre-WWII) CD. Vintage performances by Memphis Minnie, Brownie McGhee and more - plus a booklet explaining how Southern BBQ moved to the big city with the Great Migration of African Americans.
- Sandra Gutierrez, The New Southern-Latino Table - In the '90s, Charlotte became the 4th fastest growing Latino city in the US, part of a wave transforming the entire South. El Salvador-born, Raleigh-based foodwriter Gutierrez deftly digs into the many distinct food cultures of Latin America, then suggests how they are coming together with favorite Southern traditions.
- Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, et al, Like a Family: The Making of A Southern Cotton Mill World - based on extensive oral histories collected in Charlotte and the Carolinas, an in-depth portrait of the people who transformed this part of the South into the nation's main textile manufacturing region.
- Lois Yandle, The Spirit of a Proud People - a loving scrapbook of vintage photos and stories from the "North Charlotte" textile mill village, now being reborn as the NoDa arts district.
- Old Hat Records, Gastonia Gallop: Cotton Mill Songs and Hillbilly Blues - Back in the 1920s and 1930s, cotton mill workers in Gaston County made a string of impressive records for major labels. Historian Pat Huber's excellent liner notes will get you thinking, even while the fiddles and banjos get your toes tapping.
- Eleanor Brawley, Families of Abraham - this hard cover edition published in June 2012 features the photography and text from the much-visited 2007 exhibit, which has since traveled to sites around the country.
- Tom Hanchett, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class & Urban Development in Charlotte, 1870s-1970s - the surprising story of racial and economic separation, and the rise of Charlotte's neighborhoods.
- Bill Graves and Heather Smith, editors, Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of a New South City - Since 1990 the Charlotte region has nearly doubled in population, emerging as America's second biggest banking center and a magnet for newcomers from across the U.S. and around the globe. Two young UNC-Charlotte professors bring together some of the best writers exploring that transformation.