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Local history teachers to receive free book at seminar

Several communities in the southern North Carolina piedmont are teaming up to tell a revolutionary story.

A series of historical presentations during March, April and May will commemorate the spirit of America from 240 years ago that led to America’s independence. The series is called “The March to Liberty: A Frontier’s Call to Freedom.”

The Rowan History Club will host one of those presentations at the Rowan Museum in Salisbury at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Award-winning author and storyteller Randell Jones will share about the life of Daniel Boone, especially his 21 years in North Carolina before he undertook marking Boone Trace into Kentucky in March 1775.

He will also share a little about the commemorative trail created by the Daughters of the American Revolution a century ago during 1912-15.

Jim Williams, a well-known historian in the Charlotte area, will share about the events of spring 1775 in the Carolina piedmont and elsewhere which led up to the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

Williams will do so in the persona of Colonel Thomas Polk, who organized the men at the time who reportedly signed the document.

Other presentations in the 3-month series are listed at www.danielboonefootsteps.com under the “March to Liberty” tab.

A Gift for Teachers

Classroom teachers who teach American or North Carolina history are invited to attend these regional talks where they will receive a free book, “Before Liberty.”

This book is a qualitative history of North Carolina from its discovery to independence as shared in 53 weekly installments by Roy Thompson in the Winston-Salem Journal during America’s bicentennial celebration from 1975 to 1976.

Elementary, middle and high schools teachers, both public and private, can receive a copy of “Before Liberty” after the program. Teachers in Rowan County will be favored to receive a copy.

The books will also be available for purchase by homeschoolers and other members of the audience after the teachers receive their copies.

Teachers attending the March 14 event in Salisbury should email rowanmuseum@fibrant.com or call 704-633-5946 beforehand to indicate their plans to attend and to receive a copy of “Before Liberty” courtesy of Arlene Edwards Thompson.

 

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