Fall Brings New Things to Levine Museum of the New South
Though it has been many (ok, many, many) years since my life was governed by the academic calendar, the fall still represents a time of beginnings for me. And this fall brings new things to Levine Museum of the New South.
We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Spock who now serves as the Museum’s Senior Vice President for Audience Engagement. Formerly Director of the Minnesota History Center, Dan brings more than 30 years of experience in exhibit and program development. He has been a pioneer in bringing history alive for visitors of all ages through unforgettable, immersive exhibits and programs that serve students, families, and adults. His work with diverse communities have earned him a national reputation for leadership and innovation. Dan believes that it is the smaller museums – like Levine – that will lead the field in the 21st century, and we are fortunate indeed to bring Dan to Charlotte.
On October 15, we will open Camp Greene: Splendid Service in a New South City. This World War I training camp was erected in six weeks, existed in Charlotte for nineteen months, and was quickly dismantled. And yet, Camp Greene doubled the size of the city, bringing more than 40,000 people from all over the country to Charlotte and re-vitalizing a flagging economy. Though little-known today, the Camp Greene story is one of the most important in Charlotte’s history, and we hope you will join us, as we explore these seminal months 100 years ago.
For the past several years, the Knight Foundation has supported On the Table, a day when organizations throughout Knight Cities open their doors to everyone within their communities and invite facilitated discussion about important critical issues. On October 25, Charlotte joins sister Knight Cities in this event, and Levine Museum is proud to serve as a super host. At 8:00 AM and at noon, we will host discussions about this year’s topic, social capital. Please bring your coffee and your brown bag lunch, and join us in this community-wide event. The event is free, but to ensure your place at the table, please register at museumofthenewsouth.org.
On October 29, Levine Museum will partner with the Latin American Coalition to celebrate Día de Muertos – one of Mexico’s most important holidays, celebrated through dance, food, music, and remembrance. Día de Muertos is for Charlotte families with children of all ages, and admission is free from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. This is not a new event – Levine Museum has hosted it for many years – but we continue to learn about this rich holiday that is not simply an analogue to what Americans know as Halloween. This holiday is uniquely Mexican and profoundly important to this wonderful culture. Come to celebrate. Come to understand.