The Charlotte Museum of History Launches New History Lecture Series Funded by The Wells Fargo Foundation

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Inaugural lecture will focus on the bloodiest single day of the Civil War and the role of North Carolina troops in the battle.

Exterior of the historic Hezekiah Alexander House at The Charlotte Museum of History.

The Charlotte Museum of History will host the Ron Hankins History Talks lecture series with the first free lecture on Thursday, May 16.

The lecture series will include meaningful opportunities for community conversations and dialogue with renowned history speakers.

The Charlotte Museum of History today announced the first in a series of lectures titled the “Ron Hankins History Talks Lecture Series.” The inaugural lecture will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. with a talk by retired U.S. Army Col. Tom Vossler. Vossler is an author and well-known military historian.

Vossler will discuss the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day of the Civil War, and the role North Carolina troops played in the struggle. Vossler also will sign copies of his book, “A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People,” which he co-authored with Carol Reardon.

A reception will follow the lecture, giving attendees the chance to continue the discussion after the formal talk concludes.

“We are so pleased that The Wells Fargo Foundation is supporting history education in Charlotte by funding this lecture series and by engaging the community in discussions with nationally recognized thought leaders in the field of history,” said Kay Peninger, president and CEO of The Charlotte Museum of History.

How to Go
The lecture will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. at The Charlotte Museum of History at 3500 Shamrock Dr. Tickets are free. The Museums requests that all attendees register in advance at charlottemuseum.org under the Events tab.

About the “Ron Hankins History Talks Lecture Series”

The lecture series is named after Ron Hankins, a retired Wells Fargo executive and former trustee of The Charlotte Museum of History. He is a long-time supporter of the Museum’s mission to engage and educate a broad public audience in the exploration of the Charlotte region’s history. Hankins is a native Charlottean who is passionate about history and the lessons we can learn from it.

“Our vision for the ‘Ron Hankins History Talks Lecture Series’ is to bring Charlotte residents together with leading historians to better understand the history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and to explore other timely topics related to history,” said Jay Everette, senior vice president of Government and Community Relations at Wells Fargo. “The lecture series will include meaningful opportunities for community conversations and dialogue with these renowned history speakers.”

In addition to his work with The Charlotte Museum of History, Hankins serves on the board of Charlotte’s Trail of History and has been instrumental in education outreach related to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

“Ron believes in the power of history to help us learn from our past and to shed light on current issues and events,” said Peninger. “It’s very fitting that this lecture series is named in his honor.”

About Tom Vossler

Vossler holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania Military College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He is a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide.

About The Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History engages a broad public audience in the history of the Charlotte region through the stories of its people, places and events in order to promote dialogue and historical perspective. The Museum is the steward of the Hezekiah Alexander House (ca. 1774) and home site, a National Register of Historic Places site and the oldest existing home in Mecklenburg Country. Hezekiah Alexander was a leader in the years that led to the American Revolution and served on the committee that drafted North Carolina’s 1776 constitution and bill of rights. For more information, visit charlottemuseum.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@CLThistory).

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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