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 Levine Museum staff 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.