Explore HIstory: Duke and Lee, Electrifying the Carolinas

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A century ago, Charlotte emerged as a national leader in the new technology of electricity. Hear stories about the colorful characters who made Charlotte a national powerhouse in energy during this free presentation at The Duke Mansion.
On Sunday, November 14, at 3:00 p.m. at The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road in Charlotte, members of the Lee family will share never-heard-before tales about towering figures from Charlotte’s past. Bill Williamson will talk about his grandfather, pioneering engineer William States Lee. W.S. Lee worked with James Buchanan Duke (in photo), owner of The Duke Mansion and founder of Duke University.

States Lee will remember his father, Bill Lee, an iconic leader not only of Duke Energy but of Charlotte. Lisa Lee Morgan, Bill Lee’s daughter, will talk about her involvement in green and renewable energy — key elements of the field today.

Energy is a core reason for Charlotte’s economic development in the 20th century and an essential focus for future economic growth. Discover more about Charlotte through this unique perspective.

The afternoon will be hosted by Levine Museum of the New South historian Dr. Tom Hanchett. For more information, call 704/714-4400. Part of the Explore History! Series co-sponsored by The Duke Mansion and Levine Museum.

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