WTVI PBS Charlotte continues living history series with “(Re)Made in the Carolinas: Textile Towns”

last modified Feb 12, 2018 09:24 AM

WTVI PBS Charlotte is excited to announce it will premiere a new, living history documentary called “(Re)Made in the Carolinas: Textile Towns” on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

“’(Re)Made in the Carolinas: Textile Towns’ follows ‘Remember When’ as the second documentary in our living history series,” said Amy Burkett, general manager of PBS Charlotte. “It traces our region’s cotton industry heritage and explores how communities once known for their textile history are weaving new futures. Each featured story will connect our viewers to the rich traditions that once ingrained our communities, told by the people who live there.”

During the one-hour documentary, journey with PBS Charlotte Reporter Jeff Sonier as he seeks to answer the same question facing every Carolina textile town: “When the jobs disappear, what happens next?” Viewers will discover the answer is unique to each town featured in the program. “(Re)Made in the Carolinas: Textile Towns” visits a number of North Carolina locations, including Charlotte, Gastonia, McAdenville, Belmont, Kannapolis, Richfield, New London and Albemarle, as well as Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Lancaster, S.C.

Want to see a sneak peek? The PBS Charlotte team will be hosting preview screenings leading up to the show’s March premiere at the following locations.

Rock Hill, SC
For generations, Springs Mills was South Carolina’s largest blue-collar employer. Today, most of those textile jobs in York and Lancaster counties are overseas. So why are the overseas textile companies now building South Carolina mills and hiring here?

Feb. 20, 2018; 1 p.m.
York County Regional Chamber of Commerce
116 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC

Gastonia, NC
Watch as McAdenville preserves its Christmas Town USA traditions, while keeping mill workers on the job; Belmont transforms its historic downtown into a destination for diners; and Gastonia’s proud textile history is put to music, performed by a legendary local singer-songwriter, Si Kahn.

Feb. 22, 2018; 9 a.m.
Gastonia Conference Center
145 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC

Mooresville, NC
Entrepreneurs are pumping new life into Mooresville’s old cotton mills and that new life is making the downtown look a lot like it did in vintage home movies, but what’s the future for the homes in Mooresville’s historic mill villages?

Feb. 26, 2018; noon
Charles Mack Citizen Center
215 North Main St., Mooresville, NC

Admission is free to all events, but seating is limited. To RSVP, please call 704.330.5915 or visit pbscharlotte.org. To learn more about “(Re)Made in the Carolinas: Textile Towns” and PBS Charlotte’s other local programs, please visit pbscharlotte.org.