A souvenir programme of the Kings Mountain Historical Pageant directed by Miss Laura Plonk, held at the Central High School auditorium.Booklet is empty or it doesn't exist.
Category: 1930 Sesquicentennial Celebration
President of the United States: Herbert Hoover
Vice President of the United States: Charles Curtis
By the year 1930, the National Parks Service had been in place for over a decade, and it expanded to include the battleground of Kings Mountain. For the Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1930, the battle of Kings Mountain had gained traction on a national scale. President Herbert Hoover attended the celebration, which was the very first time that a sitting president traveled to a Southern battlefield. To the crowd of over 30,000 people, President Hoover said that “This is a place of inspiring memories.” President Hoover spoke about the ideals that inspired the patriots at Kings Mountain and the forefathers of the United States. In an original souvenir program from the event, the battleground is called the “Cradle of American Liberty.” This title perfectly sums up the decisive impact of the battle of Kings Mountain as a turning point in the war.
The Battle of Kings Mountain Speech of Hon. E. Y. Webb
Transcript of a speech given by the Hon. E. Y. Webb of North Carolina in the US House of Representatives on Saturday, May 5, 1906, requesting to build a monument. Printed in June 1930.Booklet is empty or it doesn't exist.
The Battles of Yorktown and Kings Mountain by G. G. Page
The third edition of a booklet written by G. G. Page on the battles of Yorktown and Kings Mountain.Booklet is empty or it doesn't exist.
The Battle of Kings Mountain by Helen Deane Chandler
A booklet with some information on previous celebrations and the upcoming sesqui-centennial celebration.Booklet is empty or it doesn't exist.
Souvenir Program Booklet from the Sesqui-Centennial Celebration
A souvenir program including the program of events for the 150th anniversary sesqui-centennial celebration on October 7, 1930. Includes the following:
- Advertisements for a number of area businesses
- Schedule of events, including President Herbert Hoover’s address
- Dedication of Ferguson Marker, with Mr. Ronald Campbell representing the British Government
- Descendants of Heroes, including addresses by the Hon. James B. Nevin (Editor of the Georgian-American in Atlanta, GA) and Mrs. Avis Collier Brown (from Atlanta, GA)
- A religious service at the battleground, presided over by Dr. I. S. McElroy, pastor of Kings Mountain Presbyterian Church
- A sketch of the batteglound by D.R.S. Frazier, Civil Engineer in Shelby, NC
- National Flag Drill
- Historical Pageant directed by Miss Laura Plonk, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution
- A list of the celebration committees and their members
- A history of the battle, written by William Milton Hood from Charlotte, NC
Souvenir Program from the Sesqui-Centennial Celebration
A souvenir program with some introductory remarks and a list of events:
- 8:00 AM: Airplane stunt flying at Aviation Field
- 9:00 AM: Two military band concerts
- One on Railroad Ave. beside Mountainview Hotel
- One on Piedmont Ave. at the City Hall lot
- 10:00 AM: Football game at Speedway Park: Erskine College vs. Lenoir-Rhyne College
- 12:00 PM: Parade forms on East King St.
- 1:00 PM: President Herbert Hoover arrives, welcomed by a 21-gun salute
- 1:10 PM: President Hoover reviews the military parade from the Presidential Stand on West Mountain St.
- 2:00 PM: President Hoover and his party leave for the battleground
- Presidential Address
- Unveiling of Monument to Col. Ferguson
- Other events
- 3:30 PM: Football game at Speedway Park: Erskine freshmen vs. Lenoir-Rhyne freshmen
- 4:00 PM: Two military band concerts
- 4:30 PM: Historical pageant at Central High School Auditorium
- 5:00 PM: Return of President Hoover from the battleground and departure of his train
- 8:00 PM: Historical pageant at Central High School Auditorium
- 9:00 PM–1:00 AM: Street dance on Piedmont Ave. in front of City Hall; music by “Del Padgett’s Troubles”
- 10:00 PM: Fireworks at Aviation Field
Souvenir from 1930 Celebration
A folding souvenir:
- when closed, shows a white silhouette of the monument overlaid on a photo of the mountain
- when opened, shows a short poem and some more information about the home-coming held October 3–7, 1930
Original Monuments in 1930
Two nearly-identical postcards showing a photo of the old monument, erected in 1815 by Dr. William McLean of Lincolton, NC. The newer monument was later erected and inscribed to preserve the inscription on the “old monument.”
Monuments in 1930
A postcard showing drawings of Colonel Ferguson’s grave marker, the Centennial Celebration monument, and the newer 1911 monument.
Colonel Ferguson’s Grave in 1930
A postcard with a photo of Colonel Patrick Ferguson’s grave.