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Gaston County Legacy Series: The Negro Baseball League
Saturday, April 22 • 1 p.m.
Free Event /Reservations Requested

Participate in an eye opening, round table discussion about the Negro Baseball League and its significance in Gaston County. Led and moderated by historian Michael Turner Webb, former players Edward “G.G.” Burton, Bill Cathcart, and Carl Edward “Satch” Forney will share their memories with guests. This event is part of the Museum’s Gaston County Legacy Series that explores historic figures from local history and examines their impact on the region.

To make your reservation please contact Jason Luker, Assistant Director, at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or at [email protected]


Loray Talks

Alfred C. Kessell History Center at Loray Mill

Thursday, April 27 7 p.m.

Free Event

On April 27, 2017, Dr. Shep McKinley, History professor at UNC Charlotte, will present “Southern Industrialization in the Carolinas: The Case of Lowcountry South Carolina in the New South.”

Preservation North Carolina’s Alfred C. Kessell History Center and the Gaston County Museum of Art & History are partnering for a riveting presentation from Dr. McKinley that includes a general discussion of southern industrialization in the Carolinas, including Gastonia’s own Loray Mill, and ends with the South Carolina lowcountry to discuss Dr. McKinley’s recent book, Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold: Phosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina (2014).

Dr. McKinley’s Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold was the winner of the 2014 George C. Rogers Jr. Book Award (South Carolina Historical Society, best book of South Carolina history). He is also the co-author of North Carolina: New Directions for an Old Land (2006), and the co-editor of North Carolina During the First World War, 1914-1922 (forthcoming 2018).

The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Loray Mill, 300 S. Firestone St. “Loray Talks” is supported by the Carrie E. and Lena V. Glenn Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Holland

Alfred C. Kessell History Center at Loray Mill

Ph: 980-266-9923, [email protected]




MayFair on the Square
Dallas Historic Court Square
Saturday, May 13 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free Event
Fun for the whole family! Car show, live music, artisans, games, storytellers, and more will make the square come alive! This event is made possible by support from the NC Arts Council and the Town of Dallas.

For more information about Museum programs, please contact Jason Luker, Assistant Director, at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or [email protected]

The Dallas Historic Courthouse is located at 131 N. Gaston St., Dallas.

2017 Court Square Summer Concert Series and Cruise-In

The Gaston County Museum of Art & History in partnership with the Town of Dallas is excited to announce its 2017 Court Square Summer Concert Series.

Held on the Dallas Historic Court Square, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., each FREE concert will feature amazing talent (rain or shine).
Enjoy the car show along Main Street and local craft beer from Ole Dallas Brewery.

For more information contact Jason Luker, Assistant Director, at 704-922-7681 ext. 105 or at [email protected]

Saturday, June 10  Midnight Allie
Out of North Myrtle Beach and lead by Allie Privette, Midnight Allie kicks off the series with some swinging beach music and a mix of rhythm and blues.


Saturday, July 8  The Whiskey Gentry
The Whiskey Gentry, out of Atlanta, is set to release its third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer this spring. The husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow and bandmates incorporate deep country, Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock ’n’ roll in their music.

Saturday, August 12  Almost Vintage
Morganton-based, classic-rock groove-masters Almost Vintage brings the feeling of a carefree Woodstock afternoon to any venue they play! Steeped in the sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s, they transport listeners to a simpler time when music spoke for a generation.

Saturday, September 9  The Catalinas
Since its creation in 1957, over 60 accomplished guitarists, keyboardists, trumpet players, drummers, bass players and singers have been part of The Catalinas. The band owner, Gary Barker of Statesville, has performed with the band since 1965 and attributes their long success to the ongoing popularity of beach music and the tunes the band has composed, particularly "Summertime's Calling Me" in the 70s.

131 West Main Street, Dallas, North Carolina, 28034
Email:[email protected]

Phone: 704-922-7681                               
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