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Charlotte Knights' Uptown Debut Brings Baseball Back To The Queen City

Well before the Charlotte Hornets made their NBA debut in the Queen City, an earlier Hornets’ team started playing minor league baseball here in 1901.

A History Note: Remembering musician Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith, a Charlotte-based country music radio and television host with a national audience, died April 3, 2014. Smith's two programs, "The Arthur Smith Show" and "Carolina Calling," kept Smith on the airwaves from 1951 until his retirement in 1982. Smith's programs featured numerous musicians and a variety of public figures including Andy Griffith, Vince Gill, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark, and Johnny Cash, as well as Bob Hope and Richard Nixon.

A History Note: The last trolley (Clang Clang Clang)

Horse- and mule-drawn streetcars first appeared in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1887. In 1891 the animal-powered cars were replaced by electric trolleys running on expanding routes. By the early part of the 20th century, new tracks had opened new neighborhoods to development including Elizabeth and Myers Park. The last of the trolleys, Streetcar No. 85, was retired in March 1938.

A History Note: Love in the archives, or, 19th century valentines

Once more beneath the patronage of good St. Valentine,
Who ever cheers us with his day when we our hopes resign;
Again I come fair lady mine some tribute slight to bring,
And wish thee health and happiness for the ensuing spring.

Reading Room Closings

The Special Collections Reading Room will be closed on the following date:

Friday August 29 9:00 - 11:00

We apologize for any inconvenience.

A History Note

On July 12, 1984, nearly thirty years ago, Walter Mondale, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, announced that he had chosen Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate. Ferraro, a daughter of Italian immigrants, had previously gained notoriety as a vocal advocate of women's rights in Congress.

Visit Special Collections and explore the many manuscript collections related to “Women and Politics.”  Here are just a few.

A History Note

For Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, June is a time for high school graduations. The Charlotte, NC public school system began in 1880. Visit Special Collections to view a 1918 high school diploma from Charlotte High School.

Robert M. Wearn Diploma

May 20th is Meck Deck Day!

To learn more, explore the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Papers in Special Collections.

Celebrate National Library Week

April 14-20, 2013 is National Library Week. 
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