How did Charlotteans of the 1930s deal with sudden economic contraction and a prolonged depression? As businesses failed and personal fortunes were wiped out, the people of Mecklenburg County nevertheless organized themselves to address the crisis and plan for future growth. Hear what they did — and how we can learn from them as our region’s economy changes — in a free talk with librarian Tom Cole from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Economic transitions have been the key to our region’s growth and can be again. Cole will share an uplifting message, based on our history, during our own time of economic dislocation. Join us on Sunday, January 31, 3 pm at The Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road in Charlotte. Parking is free. Cole’s talk is part of the Explore History! Series co-sponsored by the Levine Museum of the New South and The Duke Mansion. For details: 704/714-4400 The attached photo is a 1931 shot featuring Amelia Earhart visiting Charlotte.