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Submitted by:   Marilyn Jones, Charlotte, NC

Olde Meck Hosted WWI Celebration

On Friday, November 9, 2018, Olde Meck hosted a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice. Ellouise Schoettler, a professional storyteller, told the touching tale of her great uncle, John Walter Cobb, Jr., who fought and died in France just days before the Armistice. Originally from Charlotte, Sergeant Cobb was buried in France, but will be honored with a special cenotaph stone in Elmwood Cemetery. Ellouise has been telling stories for twenty-five years and related this narrative from the perspective of Sergeant Cobb's mother, Mary Louise, a Gold Star Mother who went to France to visit his grave.


A variety of WWI memorabilia was displayed during this special evening, including the silk flag given to Mary Louise and a collection of beautiful silk embroidered postcards sent home from the front.


Here are photos from the celebration:  WWI Photo Gallery.


You can follow Ellouise on her website, her blog, and TV channel MMCTV or cable channel 16.

A Call For Officers!

As 2018 starts to wind down, Olde Meck is in the process of nomimating a new Board of Officers for 2019. New thoughts and ideas of how to grow the Society and help it flourish are an important part of our viability. As genealogy becomes more popular and new ways develop of helping people find out more about their family history, the new year would be a great time for you to join the Board!

Olde Meck Attends NCGS

Olde Meck attended the North Carolina Genealogical Society conference on 27 October 2018, with an exhibit displaying information about the Society. Several members staffed the exhibit and attended the numerous seminars throughout the day. Dozens and dozens of conference attendees stopped by the exhibit, talked about their Mecklenburg County connections, and showed a good bit of interest in doing further research with the assistance of Olde Meck in the near future.
A special thanks is extended to member Louise Nottingham, who helped represent Olde Meck during the event and put together a video loop showing clips of our monthly meetings and benefits of being an Olde Meck member.

CMH & The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite

The Charlotte Museum of History serves as both the physical home and a valued partner to Olde Meck. The museum was recently featured on the Trail of History series on our local Public Television channel. The program described the importance of the Hezekiah Alexander Homesite and the many other resources available through the museum. We think you would enjoy viewing the video to discover more about what this local treasure has to offer.
"On this Trail of History, we explore the oldest house in Mecklenburg County, a rock house that you can still walk into. The Hezekiah Alexander Homesite takes us back to 1774. We’ll also show you how the Charlotte Museum of History is redefining itself to best serve the region by making our history relevant, engaging and timely."  --- PBS Charlotte

Family Stories Writing Group Workshop

The Olde Meck Writing Group has gotten off to a great start!
Image result for free clipart journal writingDo you want to preserve your family stories for future generations but don't know where to start? Come to the Olde Meck Family Research Center on Thursday afternoons (12:00 noon to 2:00 pm) and join with others who have the same goal. We'll share our stories, provide constructive comments, and generally encourage each other to begin this worthwhile process that we've all been putting off.
This group is free for all Olde Meck members AND you can bring a friend. No RSVP is needed. Please come any Thursday you can.

What to bring:

  • Memoir writers: pictures of yourself at various ages.
  • Ancestor writers: clippings or timeline or pictures of your taret ancestor.
  • Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch for yourself.
For more details, take a look at Genealogy Family Stories Writing Group.

December 12
Monthly Meeting
Join us to celebrate the holidays, review Olde Meck's activities for the year, install new officers, and sample tasty refreshments! We will also be treated to some of our Writing Groups' favorite stories and a chance to see what that ...