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Below is a list of  recently offered programs that are available at no charge to any interested organization. 

Please contact us if you would like to schedule one or find out more about this service.


The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room offers an array of programs for branches and organizations. The following presentations are part of the Speaker's Bureau and are presented by staff members from the Carolina Room who specialize on the topic. There is no fee for any of the programs. Branches who request a program are entitled to the statistics for the portal. Remember, we bring history to you.




  1. Are You Stumped? (2 Hours) - This is an advanced genealogy workshop that is limited to ten people or less depending on the number of laptops available. It is designed to assist genealogists who cannot find a certain relative or have specific troubles with their issues. This is an opportunity to have a one-on-one session with an NCR staff person. Each participant is allowed one question.
  2. Digging for Roots at the Family Reunion (1-2 hour presentation and discussion) - Attenders will learn how to plan a family reunion with a genealogy theme. The speaker provides suggestions on how to organize the reunion, schedule events, and record the findings. Since most reunions take place in the summer, the staff suggest hosting this program in late winter or early spring. Handouts include a bibliography and a family chart.
  3. Genealogy 101: Discover Your Roots! (1-2 hour presentation and discussion) - This program is especially designed for individuals who are new to genealogy and want to learn how to get started. Online and book resources are covered as well as how to read documents such as census reports, wills, deeds and marriage records. Handouts include a bibliography and a family chart.
  4. Genealogy on the Internet (1-2 hours presentation and discussion - A staff person will demonstrate and discuss the many different online websites related to genealogy. Search techniques will be covered as well as an evaluation of each site. Handouts include a bibliography and a family chart.





  1. Camp Greene, 1917-1919 – History of the WWI training camp just outside of Charlotte.
  2. Carolina Outlaw Baseball League – History of the textile baseball leagues that were popular in this area during the Great Depression.
  3. Carolina Pirates (1 hour) A lively presentation covering the pirates who once terrorized the coasts of North & South Carolina from 1687-1720. Handouts include a list of pirate terms, the pirate by-laws, coloring pages for children and chocolate coins. This program is presented in a different manner for children as opposed to adults.
  4. Charlotte Authors A survey of the life and works of an author or authors who considered the city of Charlotte. Authors have included LeGette Blythe, Harry Golden, Dorothy Knox, and Rose Leary Love.
  5. Charlotte at the Turn of the 20th Century
  6. Charlotte: How We Used to Look. Views of the city in bygone days.
  7. The Charlotte Mint: Its History and Significance - The United States Mint made Charlotte an economic center in the years before the Civil War. Charlotteans regarded it as a symbol of the city’s special status into the 20th century.
  8. Historic Gardens of the Carolinas (From the Colonial Period to the Present) - This program identifies the importance of gardening in the colonial period as a source for medicines as well as food. Explores all of the historical and modern gardens in the two Carolinas. Brochures from the gardens are available if the speaker has advance notice to obtain them.
  9. A Lifetime of Service: The Story of Dr. Annie Alexander (1 hour presentation) - This presentation covers the life North Carolina's first female physician, Dr. Annie Alexander (1864-1929). A native of Charlotte, "Dr. Annie" became one of the most popular doctors in the county.
  10. The Lost Colony - The who, what, where, when and maybe of this oldest mystery in the history of the British American colonies.
  11. Mecklenburg County in the Revolutionary War- Mecklenburg County helped change the course of the Revolution. Would the Revolution change Mecklenburg?
  12. Mecklenburg County Poor House and County Home: The History of an Institution, 1830-1970 – combines pictures, first-hand accounts, science, and politics to tell the story of how Mecklenburg County cared for its most vulnerable residents.
  13. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence: Our Tradition – For 150 years, May 20th was celebrated as a holiday in Charlotte. See how the city made the most of its history in parades and oratory.
  14. Scanning Historic Photographs (FOR BRANCHES ONLY) - This is an all-day opportunity for local residents to bring in historic photographs of their family or neighborhood to be evaluated and scanned. Customers must sign permission for the images to be added to the Carolina Room and sign user rights. This is only for images of Mecklenburg County. If the customer is willing to donate the photographs, we will be make scans of the images and save them to a flash drive (customer must bring their own) or we will email it.
  15. They Came to Carolina - This is an overview of who lived in North Carolina prior to and after colonization.
  16. Two Views of Reconstruction in Charlotte (1865-1877) - (1-2 hour presentation and discussion) - This program tells the story of how Charlotte developed in the years following the Civil War through the lives of John Wilkes, a white, local manufacturer from New York and John T. Schenck, a black entrepreneur. Both men worked to support their communities and served in local government.
  17. Who Is Sharon? How Charlotte Streets Got Their Names - Charlotte has some confusing streets. This program provides a history of the significance of some of Charlotte's most popular streets. Handout includes a list of some of the names of some Charlotte streets and identifies Sharon.


How-to Programs


  1. Conducting an Oral History (1-2 hours presentation) - Techniques on how to prepare and conduct an oral history are shared along with various methods of recording. Best practices are discussed and the importance of doing the research prior to the interview are emphasized.
  2. "Don't Throw That Away! When I Downsize, This Goes to the Carolina Room."
  3. Historic Preservation 101: Documenting Your Home (1 hour presentation) - This program is designed to provide the steps for researching the history of a house as well as the key components needed to achieve National Register Status. Handouts include bibliography.
  4. Researching Your Street and Your neighborhood. (1 hour presentation) - This program is similar to Historic Preservation 101, but concentrates more on the history of residential development.
  5. Preserving Family History & Photographs


The Carolina Room is located in the Main Library of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. 

310 N. Tryon St.

Charlotte, NC  28202

704-416-0150 tel.