Splendid Service: Camp Greene & the Making of a New South City

Through Sunday, November 11
Levine Museum of the New South

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene—the Charlotte-based military facility that mobilized and trained nearly 60,000 U.S. soldiers for the rigors of overseas combat in the European theater of World War I. As the United States prepared for battle, 32 training camp sites were identified and constructed across the country. The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and local business leaders lobbied for the camp, which they knew would benefit the city financially. Charlotte was selected over Fayetteville, Wilmington and Athens.

Named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene, the camp influenced Charlotte’s population growth and invited an influx of new people to the region. Wartime industries thrived, employment opportunities were abundant; and Camp Greene revived the city’s flagging war-time economy.

Splendid Service: Camp Greene & the Making of a New South City explores the rich history of the people of Camp Greene and the enduring impact of the military base on Charlotte’s social, political and economic transformation during and after World War I. The 2,400-acre camp was erected in fewer than 90 days and was expanded several times to eventually encompass 6,000 acres. Camp Greene contained barracks, tents, an airfield, horse stables, a rifle range, post office, bakery, and 2,000-bed hospital complex which functioned during the height of the influenza endemic of 1918 to 1919. Utilities included water, electricity and sewage services. In short, the roughly 18-month existence of Camp Greene marked a critical turning point in Charlotte’s expansion as a New South city.

The Camp Greene story represents one of the most important, intriguing, and under-told chapters in 20th century Charlotte history. Levine Museum brings this story to life for audiences who are familiar with it, but also for audiences who are not. Splendid Service: Camp Greene & the Making of a New South City is crafted as an experience for history buffs, traditional visitors, and for families.

Sponsored by:
The Dowd Foundation
Sally and Russell Robinson

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Through Sunday, November 11 · add to calendar 2018-08-20 09:00:00 2018-11-11 17:00:00 America/New_York Splendid Service: Camp Greene & the Making of a New South City https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422003/splendid-service-camp-greene-the-making-of-a-new-south-city Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202
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Levine Museum of the New South

200 E. Seventh Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Parking:

On weekdays, Levine Museum provides visitors 2 hours of validation for parking in Seventh Street Station parking deck, which is located next to the museum. After 2 hours, regular parking fees apply.

On weekends and for evening events, the museum provides parking validation, with no hourly limit.

Visitors should present parking ticket for validation at the Guest Services desk upon arrival.

Directions:

From I-77 North, take John Belk Freeway / I-277 North (exit 9B) to the College Street exit. Take College Street (one-way) to 7th Street. Turn right onto 7th Street. The Museum is on the right, on the corner of College and 7th, with the entrance facing 7th Street.

From I-77 South or I-85, take I-77 South to Brookshire Freeway (exit 11). Take Brookshire Freeway East / I-277 South (exit 11A). Take the Church/Tryon Street exit onto 11th Street. Turn right onto Tryon Street. Turn left onto 7th Street. The Museum is on the right, on the corner of College and 7th, with the entrance facing 7th Street.