Attend the October Olde Meck meeting to hear Lois Stickell discuss her newly published book covering the History of First Presbyterian Church. Lois will share fascinating facts uncovered during her research for this impressive commemoration of an historic congregation.
Lois will focus on researching and writing the history of the church and the ways she tried to make it more than a recitation of dates and facts. She will also cover the church's broader association with Charlotte and how the two grew up together from the time Charlotte was a village in the wilderness. As the town prospered, so did many church members, who were some of Charlotte’s most prominent citizens. When the center city fell into decline, the church was also affected and had to redefine itself.
Lois will also describe the challenge of writing a history when there have been several previous versions. She will give examples of her search for “undiscovered” or little-known information about the church and the interesting places she found some of that information (spoiler: one of them was in the Olde Meck Quarterly).