AHA-NEH SHARP Grant for African American History in Gaston County

Four historically significant African American sites in Gaston County have been selected for further research and investigation through the AHA-NEH SHARP Grant. Our project lead, Alicyn Wiedrich, is coordinating the project and our History Fellow, Lisa Withers, is heading up research and writing of the project. For more information on the project and who to contact, please see below. 

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Alicyn Wiedrich

Curator of the Gaston County Museum of Art & History

(704) 922-7681 x:104

  • Grant and project coordinator
  • Grant questions
  • General questions

Lisa R. Withers

History Fellow

  • Project lead
  • Lead researcher and writer


Collections Manager of the Gaston County Museum of Art & History

(704) 922-7681 x:107

  • Donations, documents, photographs
  • Oral history and written history collector for the museum

Shannon Whittle

Historic Preservation Commission Liaison

(704) 922-7681 x:100

  • Historic Preservation Commission questions
  • Historic structure questions

Collections and Archives Services

The Gaston County Museum's Collections and Archives Facility is now open for research and donation appointments!

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Schedule an appointment with us today!

Appointments are available by request. Please contact or call 704-922-7681 ext. 100

What have we been up to?

The Gaston County Museum and Gaston County Library Main Branch are working on something special. Learn all about it here!


Collecting In Crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic and the civil rights crisis here in America have taken the world by storm. As our lives shift, the Gaston County Museum of Art and History would like to document these moments in history, and we are asking the people of Gaston County to help us by sharing their experiences.



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