History Center to sponsor trip to Charlotte museum

Press Release

WNC Historical Association

The History Center at the Smith McDowell House is sponsoring a day trip to Charlotte, NC on Friday, January 10, 2014, to visit the Mint Museum and to view an extraordinary traveling exhibition entitled Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939 currently on view at the Museum. The trip is being co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Carolina – Asheville.

Participants will travel to Charlotte on a modern passenger coach and will leave the Smith McDowell House at 8:30 am and return by 6:30 pm. Arriving at the Mint Museum at 11:00, our guests will be greeted by docents from the Museum who will lead a guided tour of the permanent collection followed by a self-guided tour of the featured exhibition.

The day will include a tour of the Charlotte Museum of History and the 1774 Hezekiah Alexander homesite which comprises multiple buildings on an 8 acre wooded campus in East Charlotte.

The cost for the trip is $100 per person for members of WNC Historical Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Non-member registrants are $120.00 per person. This includes transportation, all entry fees to the two museums and lunch at the famed Mimosa Grill in downtown Charlotte.

The exhibition is a traveling exhibition organized by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. It has received rave reviews from visitors where it has toured, including the New Orleans Museum of Art. World’s fairs were the first global meeting places to showcase international design and manufacturing. This exhibition is full of fabulous treasures and objects from expositions around the world.

This day trip has been organized in conjunction with the Asheville History Center’s exhibition Douglas Ellington: Asheville’s Boomtown Architect. Reservations are limited and must be made by January 3, 2014. Please make a reservation(s) by calling 828-253-9231 or my emailing smh@wnchistory.org.

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