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History South offers a grab-bag of essays exploring history and culture in Charlotte, NC, and the American South. You’ll find urban geography, music traditions, foodways, and whatever else catches our fancy.

Tom Hanchett
Dr. Tom Hanchett

Tom Hanchett, Historian

Dr. Tom Hanchett is a community historian in Charlotte, NC, consulting with community groups and with Levine Museum of the New South.  Previously he served as Staff Historian for 16 years at Levine Museum where he curated the permanent exhibition Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers (named best in the Southeast by the South East Museums Conference), and a string of national-award-winning temporary exhibitions including COURAGE about the Carolina roots of the Brown v Board Civil Rights case. 

Tom’s writings range widely on urban history and Southern culture: a book about Charlotte’s neighborhoods, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class & Urban Development in Charlotte(UNC Press); an essay exploring the history of US shopping malls; a monthly newspaper column Food From Home; and more. Educated at Cornell University, University of Chicago, and UNC Chapel Hill, he plays fiddle.

Email or leave him a message at 704-577-5103


Tom Hanchett’s short vita

An Enigmatic Land of Great Expectations
New York Times, February 13, 2001

The Levine Museum of the New South, in Charlotte, N.C., reflects the combination of a weighty past and an ever-shifting present that characterizes the region.

Meet Tom Hanchett: Charlotte’s Dr. History

by EMILY HARRIS, February 13, 2013 Charlotte Magazine

Tom Hanchett, staff historian at Levine Museum of the New South and interpreter of Charlotte’s last 100 years, says the city’s history “is begging to be told.” Got time for a story?