HISTORY CLUB-Minutes 2014

FALL 2014

CPCC History Club

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CPCC History Club-Minutes from 3/6/2014 meeting

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1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

CPCC History Club members made a trip to Levine Museum of the New South.


CPCC History Club-Minutes from 2/27/2014 meeting

Overcash 255

1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

We discussed the upcoming trip to the Levine Museum of the New South on March 6, 2014. We continued our discussion topics with a presentation by Jorge about Edwardian Homes. This included a clip from the TV series “Downtown Abbey,” a discussion about the various roles of servants in a household, and information about castles and large houses in the USA.


CPCC History Club-Minutes from 2/20/2014 meeting

Overcash 255

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

We are continuing the presentations about chosen topics, but today's presentation was unavailable.
We continued the meeting by looking at historical topics of interest, such as coincidences between the histories of President Kennedy and President Lincoln. We then examined the history of curses and myths. We will have another presentation on March 20. Finally, we discussed our upcoming visit to the Levine Museum of the New South on March 6.
The meeting ended at 2pm. The next meeting is on Thursday, February 27, 2014.


CPCC History Club-Minutes from 2/06/2014 meeting

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1:00p.m-2:00 p.m.

We continued to present our topics:

Mardi Gras vs. Carnival

Presentation by Joanne Dunham, Secretary

· Next week, February 16, will be a presentation about Renaissance and Medieval History by Brandy

· Edwardian Households: February 27, presenter Jorge, Vice-President

· Fire History: March 20, presenter Dennis, President

We also discussed going to the Levine Museum of the New South on March 6, if weather permits. Talk about transportation to the museum, getting the CPCC van to go on trip

New business: continue to explore topics. Finding out above activities around the school campus so we can get involved Joanne Dunham attended the SGA meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Two new clubs got voted on: Recovery Meeting and the Rotary Club

The meeting ended at 2:00p.m.


CPCC History Club-Minutes from 1/23/2014 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

History Club:

The History Club met on 1/23/14 and made more plans for spring 2014:

Further historical topics to examine this semester: Salem Witch Trials, Olympics, The Plague.

We may be able to view parts of these movies and have discussions: The Monuments Men, Lincoln. Suggestions for other historical sites to visit: Old Salem, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Renaissance Festival.

Club members will give presentations on the following days:

The Celts - 1/30

Mardi Gras -2/6

Medieval and Renaissance History - 2/20

Edwardian Households - 2/27

Firefighting -3/20

A trip to the Levine Museum of the New South is planned for 3/6. The Club will look at ways to connect to other CPCC events

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 1/16/2014 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The History Club met on January 16, 2014, and discussed plans for the spring 2014 semester.

The following suggestions were made:

Discussion Topics:

Influence of Native Americans

History of Flight

Black History

History of North Carolina

Someone presents a topic every month

Connect to classwork about literature and art

Suggestions for Field Trips:

Aviation Museum

Biltmore House

Carolina Room at the Public Library


Charlotte Museum of History

Civil War sites

Fire Museum

Greek Festival

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Kings Mountain

Levine Museum of the New South


New York

Railroad Museum

Reed Gold Mine

Schiele Museum

Washington, D.C.

Other Matters:

Participate in CPCC events


Club Bylaws



FALL 2013

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 5/2/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

This first History Club meeting of the new semester was held in Overcash (OC) 256 as the originally-slated Room 255 was unavailable. The primary purpose of the meeting was to welcome members – seeing what, if any, history-related activities members had engaged in over the summer -- and to start planning Club activities for Fall 2013. One concern that members expressed was a need to change the physical appearance of the basic History Club flyer in order to make it a more effective meeting announcement/membership recruitment tool. Members advocated the making flyers that were more descriptive in text and picture of the main meeting topic for that day as a means to that end.

As far as History Club events for this term, members recalled that there were two Club goals from last term yet to be met: (1) walking Charlotte’s Liberty Walk and (2) viewing the Lincoln film that came out earlier in this year.

Members did want to continue to view history in the news on a regular basis and to see how history affects all levels of current political/social affairs. There was some member agreement that more attention be paid to the history of the local area immediately surrounding the different Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) campuses and particularly in uptown Charlotte. Memorial Stadium, which adjourns the Central campus property, was mentioned as an example.

Next History Club meeting is on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 1-2PM in OC 255.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 8/29/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

As with last week, this History Club meeting was held in Overcash (OC) 256 as the originally-slated Room 255 was unavailable. The meeting began with more group work on Club flyer redesign. Members suggested such steps as including pictures on the flyer which show action and which are relevant to the main topic/theme for the meeting being advertised. Some sort of captioning under the picture was also suggested, as it was felt that not everyone would know what the pictures are or what they represent. Finally, members thought the use of different shapes on the flyer would be helpful in attracting people’s attention to it.

Members reiterated the things they hoped the Club would do this term, a regular emphasis on history in the news being most supported. To that end, this day being the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ”I Have a Dream” speech, Club members watched a portion of that speech. They also took a brief look into the socio/political climate in Charlotte during that time. In the process of that discussion, some reference was made to the fact that Charlotte and North Carolina do not really seem to respect a lot of history; structures of historical significance are often torn down here. As an example of a new historical beginning here, however, it was pointed out that Romare Bearden Park is opening in uptown Charlotte this very weekend. Romare Bearden was a famous Charlotte-born artist.

The Club adjourned until next Thursday (9/5/2013). It will meet at its usual 1 p.m. time. The meeting is currently slated to be held in the originally-scheduled space in OC 255.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 9/5/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The History Club met as scheduled and focused its attention on two main topics during this meeting. First, the Club looked at the historical roots of Labor Day as a national holiday. The actual legislation establishing the national observance of Labor Day was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. On a related point, it was noted that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Department of Labor. Second, the Club looked at pictures of local cemeteries in the Charlotte area and learned about some of the individuals buried there. The decorative nature and superior craftsmanship of many of the monuments included in the cemeteries was also discussed.

The History Cub will meet again next week at its usual time and in its usual place. Club members plan to talk about organizing a trip on the Charlotte Liberty Walk as well as look at the history reflected in the movie, The Butler. Per usual, the group will consider any history in the news from the week.

Next History Club meeting is on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1-2PM in OC 255.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 9/12/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The History Club met with the original intention of picking up with its agenda from the last Club meeting. Yet, this plan was soon tabled for consideration at a later date in favor of a rousing discussion of data collection and privacy rights. This discussion began in response to a general announcement of an upcoming Constitution Day program on the topic at the College. Club members pointed to the increasing emphasis on data collection and use, and a couple of members shared their personal experiences with data privacy concerns.

Also shared at this meeting was a matter of local history where a 100—year-old house in the Dilworth section of Charlotte was slated to be torn dow. This fact led to a comment about the proper basis for deciding whether something had historical value that was worth saving. One Club member remarked that Charlotte does not seem to do a particularly good job of preserving its history, despite recent efforts such as the Charlotte Liberty Walk.

No doubt there will be more to say on these topics at the Club’s next meeting. The tabled agenda from this week’s meeting will also be considered. Next History Club meeting will occur on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in OC 255 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 9/19/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

At this meeting of the History Club, members learned that the College would hold its annual Student Organization Day in late October. With that date in mind, a proposal was made to use that event as a chance to invite others to join the Club in walking the Charlotte Liberty Walk in downtown Charlotte. Members agreed that the walk itself should occur while the weather is cool but before the onset of winter, meaning the walk should happen pre-Thanksgiving this semester. A proposal was also made that the Club use its time at the Student Organization Day event to showcase past discussion topics addressed by the group. These ideas will receive further consideration in upcoming Club meetings.

To begin a discussion of this week’s history in the news, articles on revisionist history in Japan and China and on scholarly concern for the destruction of Ottoman history were examined. Such examination was especially timely given concern expressed at the previous Club meeting of a perceived general disrespect for, if not an outright destruction of, local history. There was also a chance to look at the history behind certain place names. For example, Charlotte was named for Queen Charlotte and Greensboro for Nathanael Greene. Before adjourning, the Club picked a topic for next week’s meeting. Given current world events, Club members chose to look at the history of Syria leading up to the present suspected use of chemical weapons. The next meeting is scheduled to occur at the usual time and place.

Next History Club meeting will occur on Thursday, October 3, 2013 in OC 255 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 9/26/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

This meeting of the History Club began with some administrative business. First, it was announced that the Fall Fest (aka Student Organization Day, or Club Day) would be held on the Overcash lawn on October 23, 2013. Club members were urged to start thinking about what they wanted to exhibit about the Club on that day as well as about what times they might be available to be present to represent the Club at the event. A second piece of business was to set a date for walking the Charlotte Liberty Walk in downtown Charlotte. The total time required for this activity would be between one and one-half to two hours, considering transportation to and from and the actual distance to be walked at a comfortable pace. A tentative date of October 24, 2013 was proposed. Members should be prepared by the next meeting to confirm this proposed date or state other time/date preferences. The selected date and time along with other pertinent details will be advertised during the Fall Fest to others who may be interested in participating.

A main focus for the day was to hear about the history of Syria and learn about the current situation whereby chemical weapons have apparently been used against the Syria’s people. The discussion started out by looking at the geography of Syria and then turned to a summary of previous political occupations of the territory. This was followed by a look at the current Syrian leadership as well as some of the other key players in the current state of affairs there.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 3, 2013 at the usual time and place.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 10/3/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

At this meeting of the History Club, members were hoping to share updates on the situation in Syria.  However, since the Club’s last meeting, there have been few such updates to share.  For one thing, the Syrian story had been replaced in the news media by a focus on new topics such as the U.S. government shutdown and America’s looming debt ceiling debate.  This re-focusing of public attention led Club members to consider how the media can shape what people know or don’t know and even shape history itself.

Club members noted some historical impact of the government shutdown.  For example, members learned that the national battlefield site at Kings Mountain National Military Park in Blacksburg, SC is closed to the public during this federal shutdown.  Whereas October 7 is the anniversary of the famous Battle of Kings Mountain, several Revolutionary War commemorations and reenactments planned for the area had to be postponed or even cancelled. There was some talk of other groups coming to the rescue of these events by providing non-federal/private funds.

Club members noted that funding issues might cause other historical sites to curtail or even end their operations.  Fortunately, for history lovers, many local sites of interest are still available and free for all to enjoy.  Such local area sites include the Captain Jack statue on Charlotte, NC’s Greenway adjacent to Central Piedmont Community College’s Central campus (with other statues coming to the Greenway in the near future), the Liberty Walks in downtown Charlotte (which the Club plans to visit on October 24, 2013), and many other historical markers around the area.  The Club reviewed some of the history behind such sites for the benefit of its newest member. There was a question as to whether the History Club should meet this coming week since it is the mid-term timeframe. Never fear, historians.  The Club will continue to meet per usual every Thursday the College is open throughout the academic term to welcome all lovers of history and all topics of historical interest.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 10/10/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

This meeting of the History Club was primarily devoted to planning for the upcoming Student Organization Day (Club Day) at the College’s Central campus on October 23, 2013. Club members started working on an activity for the event in which visitors to the History Club table would be able to try and identify pictures of historical figures from across the centuries.  Club members used brain-storming techniques to develop an initial listing of such figures, set some criteria for list refinement, and searched the Internet for pictures of historical figures on the list. The Club will be narrowing down the list even further at next week’s meeting.  There will also be a decision on how best to advertise and invite others to join the visit to the Liberty Walk in downtown Charlotte.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 10/17/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The main objective of this History Club meeting was to further develop the activity to be used at the College’s Student Club Day this coming Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Specifically, members needed to narrow down the list of historical figures compiled during the previous meeting into a more manageable and meaningful final selection. The result of members’ effort regarding this objective was a refined listing of historical figures, male and

female from various centuries and representing various fields of endeavor.  Members also discussed the need for manning the History Club table at Club Day.  All History Club members who can help at the event are urged to do so.  Please let Hugh Dussek (hugh.dussek@cpcc.edu) know if you will be able to commit some time to manning the History Club table on Wednesday, October 23.

As a final piece of business, Club members decided to put the Charlotte Liberty Walk activity on hold.  There was simply not enough time to fully coordinate this activity

for Thursday, October 24, 2013, as originally hoped.  The Club still intends to complete this walk before the end of this semester if at all possible and will share this plan with Club Day attendees.  While Club members will thus not be walking on Thursday, they do plan to meet per usual on Thursday, October 24, 2013.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 10/24/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

At this meeting, club members evaluated the Fall Fest as great fun.  Dozens of people stopped by the History Club table at the event and tried their skill at the club’s “Who Is It?” picture activity. Several History Club flyers were distributed, and all persons were invited to come to a club meeting if/when possible.

A couple of important dates were also set at this meeting:

The History Club will hold its elections for club officers on November 14, 2013, during its regularly-scheduled meeting that day.  Anyone interested in a position is urged to look at the club’s by-laws and to express their interest to Hugh Dussek (hugh.dussek@cpcc.edu) in the next couple of weeks.

The other key date set was the walk along the Charlotte Liberty Walk. This will take place, weather permitting, on November 18, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Details will be e-mailed to members soon and posted on the club’s website.  Anyone interested in accompanying the club on this trip through local history is, again, asked to contact Hugh Dussek.

The next History Club meeting is October 31, 2013 in the usual time and place.  On the agenda for that meeting is a brief look at the club’s by-laws and discussion of club officer positions.  A consideration of some interesting political campaigns in U.S. history will be made.  More detailed plans for the Charlotte Liberty Walk trip will be announced.  There may even be a reference to Halloween, given the meeting will occur on that spooky day.


CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 10/31/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

This History Club meeting began with a discussion of logistics for the forthcoming trip along the Charlotte Liberty Walk.  Arrangements have been made for a school van to take members to uptown Charlotte for this event on November 18, 2013 and to return them to campus at the event’s conclusion.  Those participating will assemble in front of the Overcash Building for prompt departure to uptown at 10:30 a.m. on the 18th.  The anticipated arrival time back at Overcash is 12:30 p.m. that day.

Any CPCC student interested not currently in the Club who wishes to participate in this activity is welcome. Please contact Hugh Dussek at hugh.dussek@cpcc.edu if you plan on coming.  Complete details will be finalized and announced soon.

Members were also reminded of the date for Club Officer elections.  That date is November 14, 2013 and the voting will take place during the Club’s regularly scheduled meeting.  Those persons interested in running for Club Officer positions are urged to read the Club’s Constitution and By-laws, posted on the Club’s website, and are invited to speak with Hugh Dussek on any concerns related to what position duties entail.

Since the Club was thinking about elections, members took a quick look at some past American political elections.  Some of these elections were extremely close.  Others involved the use of interesting and even negative campaign strategy.   Also, in a nod to history in the news, Club members looked at a recent news article about stolen artwork from the World War II era.  Members considered what should happen to any such artwork recovered and also thought about other instances of important artifacts getting “lost”.  Finally, being Halloween, Club members investigated the origins of this special day, some associated symbols, and the idea of trick-or-treating.

The next Club meeting will occur on November 7, 2013 at the regular time and place.  Club members will focus per usual on history in the news.  They will also talk more about  Liberty Walk and Club Officer election plans.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 11/07/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The History Club meeting this day had a history education theme.  Club members took the time to introduce themselves and state why they enjoyed history. They included in their remarks how they first got interested in historical topics and what they remembered of that moment.  Following these Statements, members engaged in open discussion about the importance of history and how to pass along an appreciation of this importance to others.

The meeting ended with a few reminders. First, members were reminded of the upcoming Club Officer elections and the Liberty Walk event.  They were also reminded that the Club will only be meeting a couple more times this term.  The next regularly scheduled meeting is November 14, 2013 at the usual time and place.  It will also meet on November 21, 2013.  Obviously, the Club will not meet Thanksgiving Day; nor will it meet during the College’s Final Exam period.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 11/14/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The meeting today began with two major announcements.  The first announcement was to remind members of a recent e-mail from Club advisor Hugh Dussek on the need to postpone Club Officer elections until November 21, 2013.  This change is in response to Club Constitutional mandate regarding how organization elections are to be held.  Those persons interested in running for Club positions were again urged to read the Club Constitution and By-laws (posted on the Club’s website) and to consult Hugh Dussek for any further information on duties.

The other big announcement was that Club members would be traveling as a group to uptown Charlotte to actually walk some of the Liberty Walk on November 18, 2013.  Club members will travel in a school van, departing from the front of the Overcash building of Central campus at 10:20 a.m. The group will return to campus around noon or shortly thereafter.  The walk will go on, rain or shine; the local weather forecast for November 18 is fairly nice with little or no rain predicted during the time of the trip.

The Club turned its attention for the rest of its meeting to a look at the history of Veterans Day and various ways in which it is commemorated.  Members looked at examples of how the day is observed in England and the United States.  Club members talked about local war monuments as well as the school’s own observance, which was featured in the local news.

The next History club meeting will be November 21, 2013.  This meeting will be devoted to Club Officer Elections and transitioning.  Interested candidates must be present for his meeting.  Members will also get the chance to reflect on the Liberty Walk event and to start thinking about future Club plans.

Only current students registered in curriculum classes can participate in the Club elections.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 1/21/2013 meeting

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Spring 2013

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 1/24/2013 meeting

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1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m.

History Club met in its new location of Overcash (OC) 217, from 1-2 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting was to plan semester Club activities.

Such plans included:

  • Liberty Walk Tour
  • “Lincoln” the movie
  • CPCC 50th Anniversary
  • History of Valentine’s Day
  • 250 Year Anniversary of Mecklenburg County
  • History of sports teams in Charlotte

The next meeting will be same time and place on January and February 28, 2013.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 1/31/2013 meeting

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1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Club focused on history in the news.  Discussions included topics such as the Hunley submarine, the pending identification for King Richard III remains, the Town Creek Indian Mounds, Mecklenburg County birthday celebration plans, and the resignation of Queen Beatrix.  Particular consideration was given to the task of preserving history while respecting human remains.  The next meeting will be on February 7, 2013 per usual.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 2/7/2013 meeting

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History Club members met to discuss issues related to the Cold War and such U.S. defense efforts as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), popularly known as the Star Wars program.  The Club also learned about the positive identification results of the King Richard remains.  It was also announced that the Club would meet with the CPCC Archivist during its February 14, 2013 meeting to learn more about the school’s 50-year history.

The next Club meeting will occur on February 14, 2013 to discuss, naturally, the history of Valentine’s Day.  A look at the history of some sports team names is also on the agenda.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 2/14/2013 meeting

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Whereas this was Valentine's Day, the History Club had at the heart of its meeting a discussion of the origins of Valentine's Day and the ways in which it is celebrated.  This discussion led to a consideration of other special occasions, some of which receive "holiday" status; others are the result of interest-group efforts to promote a particular product, like Pickle Day.  The history of sports teams and their names was selected as the theme for the next meeting on February 21, 2013.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 2/21/2013 meeting

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At this meeting, the History Club first talked about some late-breaking news regarding local history finds.  This included information about some wealthy African-American families who lived in the Charlotte area.  Following that, the Club shared thoughts and personal experiences concerning a number of local sports teams (past and present) and even showed off some sports memorabilia.  The meeting ended with a discussion of current events surrounding Charlotte government support for upgrades to Bank of America Stadium and the relationship between localities and sports teams generally.  The next meeting will be February 28, 2013, during which the History Club will visit with the College Archivist regarding the school's 50th anniversary.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 2/28/2013 meeting

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The History Club took a brief field trip across Central Campus to visit the College Archives. They were hosted there by College Archivist, Katie Howell.  Ms. Howell explained what her job entails, how she prepared for it, and what she hopes to accomplish in her job. She displayed some of the artifacts held there. These included old directories, yearbooks, maps, and photographs.  She talked about the use of technology in her job and how that technology has changed the way in which material can be preserved. The club learned about the many decisions she must make as to how and why something should be preserved.  To guide her in making such decisions, Ms. Howell said she considers the source/creator of the material and the original purpose for which that particular material was created.  The club adjourned upon leaving the meeting with Ms. Howell, to meet again at its usual time and place next week.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 3/07/2013 meeting

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The club talked about its experience at the Archives last week and what members found particularly interesting about that visit.  As a follow-up, club members viewed some online images of the local area prior to campus construction.  Members talked about changes to faces and spaces at the school over the decades.  This was followed by a look at another institution within the greater Charlotte area – motor sports and, specifically, auto racing.  Members shared stories about favorite race car drivers whose careers they followed and why some drivers were fan favorites more than others.  They talked about changes that have been brought to racing, especially in the area of safety following such tragedies as the death of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  They also looked at the famous people behind the scenes in racing, such as Bruton Smith.

Upon meeting adjournment, club members were reminded that there will be no meeting during Spring Break.  However, when weekly meetings do resume, the club will gather in a new Central Campus location for the rest of the spring semester, Belk 5103.  A reminder of this room change will be sent to members and posted on the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division website as the next meeting time draws near.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 3/21/2013 meeting

Belk 5103


The History Club had its first meeting since Spring Break and gathered in Belk 5103, its new meeting location for the rest of the semester.

The focus of this meeting was to learn more about Charlotte's Liberty Walk and to discuss a possible date and time for the Club to actually walk it. A date has not yet been confirmed but will be further discussed at the next meeting.

At its next meeting, the Club will also spend time learning about another point of local interest from a different phase of American military history -- Camp Greene.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 3/28/2013 meeting

Belk 5103


The meeting of the History Club began with a look at recent news of skeletal remains being found in the London area that date back to the time of the Great Plague. Club members speculated as to whether these remains come from the start of that period or more toward the end.  Members reasoned that the relatively neat way in which the remains were laid out suggested the remains date from the start of the era.  If bodies had to be buried in a hurry or in mass grave situations as the illness became worse, members doubted that these remains would have appeared as and where they did.

Next, the Club turned its attention to local military history, specifically Camp Greene. There are few remains of this World War I military assembly point in Charlotte except the Dowd House (which served as a headquarters building), a commemorative marker, and a nearby street named Camp Greene.  During World War II, the local area again supported the war effort with Camp Sutton, near Monroe. Yet, Charlotte did not decide to organize itself mainly around the military. Having good transportation in the area allowed Charlotte to have some other options for its development.  The theme of transportation gave Club members a chance to think about the role of transportation in modern-day Charlotte and various transit options for the area currently under consideration.

It was decided that the History Club would continue with the military theme at the next meeting but expand its view to the national stage and the Iraq War.  The U.S. has now spent over a decade fighting overseas following the events of 9/11, and a whole generation of young people is growing up who were too young to remember how the present conflict began.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 4/4/2013 meeting

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The History Club focused its attention today on the Iraq war.  Specifically, the Club reviewed the history of U.S. involvement in the region.  That involvement actually dates back to 1958, when Iran and Iraq were in conflict with each other.  The Club gained an appreciation for the confusing and complex nature of U.S. relations in that part of the world that continue unto this very day.  Now that U.S. military engagement in Iraq has come to a close, a new phase of that relationship will be beginning that Club members will be sure to watch unfold.  The next Club meeting will occur per usual.  The main topic for discussion has yet to be determined.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 4/11/2013 meeting

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The History Club opened this meeting by sharing some thoughts on the growing tensions with North Korea.  Yet, the focus of the meeting was an examination of the life and times of former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who died on April 8, 2013 of a stroke at the age of 87.  Mrs. Thatcher served in that position from 1979-1990.  She rose from rather humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful, and well-known world figures.  Her legacy is rather mixed; however, Club members agreed that she seemed to be the right leader at the right time for Great Britain and the larger global community.

Funeral plans had not yet been made public at the time of the History Club meeting other than the fact that she would receive a ceremonial funeral.  That ceremonial funeral with full military honors was held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on April 17.  It is likely to receive at least some comment at the start of the next History Club meeting, along with other matters of history in the news.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 4/18/2013 meeting

Belk 5103


This meeting of the History Club was cancelled so that members could attend Sensoria and other College activities that day.  The next History Club meeting will provide a chance for members to share what they learned from Sensoria events and to talk about other points of history in the news.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 4/25/2013 meeting

Belk 5103


At this gathering of the History Club, members first commented on some of the Sensoria events from the previous week. The general consensus was that these events were interesting learning experiences.

Members then turned their attention to international affairs, especially recent actions of North Korea. Over the last couple of months, North Korea has declared void its armistice with South Korea as well as started operation of nuclear facilities and threatened the firing of missiles.  No matter how real these threats, the U.S. and the rest of the world have had to take note.  Given this situation, Club members were curious about the history of North Korea and wanted to try to gain some insight into the current North Korean leadership in an effort to better understand the latest news about that region.

CPCC HISTORY CLUB-Minutes from 5/2/2013 meeting

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The History Club began its meeting with a look at history in the news.  A recent discovery of human bones at Jamestown, VA, has led researchers to believe that cannibalism occurred there during early colonial days. Historical records confirm that a period of great hunger did take place during that timeframe. Even if cannibalism took place for the colonists' survival, Club members found the idea of such behavior, and its occurrence in early America, as tragic.  Continuing with the theme of human tragedy, Club members then discussed terrorism.  As a starting point for discussion, Club members examined the United Nations' definition of terrorism. The Club then reviewed several infamous terrorist groups and reflected on the degree to which each group's actions met that definition. This led to a reflection on the extent to which terrorist activity changes typical routines of daily life.