Catawba Pottery & Storytelling


Explore the history and culture of the Catawba Nation and their pottery tradition that has persisted for generations. Students will be able to identify the unique features of Catawba pottery, explain the importance of preserving indigenous cultural traditions, and think critically about the use of Catawba pottery to tell stories and teach lessons. This program is available until February 2023 and includes a guided tour of the historic Alexander homesite, a guided tour of the 'Language of Clay: Catawba Indian Pottery and Oral Traditions' exhibit, and a salt dough animal craft.

Chaperone Admission: $5/person
Teacher/School-affiliated educator Admission: Free

Discounted admission rates applicable to schools with Title I status. Please specify your school's Title I status when booking your program reservation

PLEASE NOTE: This program will be offered until April 30, 2023.

Offered At

The Charlotte Museum of History

The Charlotte Museum of History saves and shares the Charlotte region’s history, connecting the past to current issues and opportunities. We believe a shared understanding of the past can enrich the community’s future, and we work to tell the stories of all parts of our community and all those who have inhabited our area.

Museum programs and exhibits explore important civic themes and how their meaning has evolved over time, including ideals of liberty, freedom, equity, justice, democracy, and citizenship.

The museum sits on an eight-acre wooded campus in fast-changing East Charlotte. It’s the site of the oldest surviving house in Mecklenburg County, the Rock House built circa 1774 for the Hezekiah Alexander household. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated local landmark, the house is Charlotte’s only remaining structure from the days of the Revolutionary period. Nearby are a relocated barn dating to the era, a reproduction log kitchen, and a reconstructed two-story springhouse. Tours of the site and museum programs highlight how people lived during that era and tell of the many cultures that came together to build Charlotte, including the stories of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities.



History, 18th Century, Native Americans, Social Studies, Cultural Connections, Arts


100 students, 1 chap. per 7 stu.


150 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, K

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group