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#52tuesdays: Levine Museum of the New South

Written by Addie Rising    on September 19, 2017    in
Whether you are from Charlotte or not — and many residents these days are not — Levine Museum of the New South provides an excellent insight into our city’s past and how that past has shaped where we are today.

History helps us make sense of our community, invites us to explore our differences, and challenges us to think critically about today’s questions to inform the decisions we make for future generations. Levine Museum of the New South believes its mission – using history to build community – is not only useful, it is essential.

Levine Museum of the New South Levine Museum of the New South is participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT this year and plans to raise funds to support newly formed Access History program. Access History helps bring Charlotte’s history and culture to life for children and families. The initiative offers family-friendly programs that explore Charlotte’s post-Civil War history such as scavenger hunts and hands-on experiences in the Museum's core exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers. Family tree and personal history activities will also be used to encourage families to study their own historical narrative. Additionally, interactive performances with poets, dancers, and storytellers will happen throughout the year at Levine Museum to connect children with history.

Funds raised will directly support the Museum with the purchasing of children-sized tables and chairs, children books, and materials needed for Access History.

“History is storytelling and as such we are creating an environment where families can sit down and read a book together after touring our exhibits or otherwise talk about and process what they’ve learned in the exhibit,” said Melody Gross, Levine Museum of the New South Family Programming Manager. “Books and activities can cover anything from southern history, community, culture, activism, and so much more. By creating a space for family programs, hands-on activities, reading, and reflection, Access History provides families the opportunity to come together to connect the past to the present while considering the future.”
 
“Levine Museum has enjoyed participating in #GivingTuesdayCLT for several years. It has consistently exposed the Museum to new visitors and supporters,” Gross said. “Our partnership with SHARE Charlotte is vital to our continued relationship with the Charlotte community. This year we hope to bring in even more visitors, especially families, who will greatly benefit from our Access History initiative.”