lake norman

The History of Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s original purpose was to provide fresh water and flood control for the region. More than fifty years later, the lake has transformed into a statewide destination, and the story of what lies beneath its waters continues to fascinate.

Shout Bands Charlotte

How the Spirit Moves You

Shout bands gave the Charlotte African-American community something of its own in the early 20th century. Colorful parades. Mass baptisms. And a haunting, beautiful sound that transcended race and time, and still moves people today.

This is Charlotte

That’s right. The big city. For years, we thought it was too much to describe. For years, we thought it was too “city” for us, too removed from us, too big for us, too crowded. Let us say it now: We weren’t looking close enough.