Historian-In-Residence Dr. Tom Hanchett

Dr. Tom Hanchett joins Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as its first Historian-in-Residence.  

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library welcomes its first-ever Historian-in-Residence, Dr. Tom Hanchett, who on July 1, 2019 begins a 12-month residence. Hanchett, a community historian in Charlotte, will serve as a community connector to enhance the visibility, contributions and reputation of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room through programs, events, vlogs and other information detailing the history of Charlotte.

Hanchett’s first presentation, “Food From Home” will take place at Mint Hill Library on July 11, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. His second event, “Sorting Out Charlotte” will be at Myers Park Library on July 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. where he’ll trace the surprising history of how Charlotte became a city of distinct neighborhoods, based on his award-winning book Sorting Out the New South City. Click here for a listing of events and presentations by Dr. Hanchett.

The Historian-in-Residence is the first for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and is supported through the Library’s Humanities Endowment Fund, with support from the National Endowment for Humanities.

Dr. Tom Hanchett (www.historysouth.org) is a community historian and best known for his 16 years as Staff Historian at Levine Museum of the New South where he curated the permanent exhibition Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, and a string of national-award-winning temporary exhibitions including COURAGE about the Carolina roots of the Brown v. Board Civil Rights case. Hanchett’s writings range widely on urban history and Southern culture, including a book about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, essays, and a monthly newspaper column Food From Home. Hanchett was educated at Cornell University, University of Chicago and UNC Chapel Hill.


Click here for more information regarding the Book sale at the October  20, 2019 Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room Open House Event.

Why is Charlotte called the Queen City?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Curious about how the Queen City came to be? Here, the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room makes an introduction to Queen Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.