DAR Honors Trail of History Chairman

Dr. Tony Zeiss, Chairman of the Trail of History Board of Directors, has been named a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor. This national medal is the most prestigious honor awarded by the DAR. The DAR Medal of Honor is given to an adult man or woman who is a United States citizen by birth and has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service, and patriotism. The recipient must have made unusual and lasting contributions to our American Heritage by truly giving of himself or herself to his or her community, state, country, and fellowman.

The DAR Medal of Honor was presented by NC State Regent, Anna Baird Choi on Saturday, July 22th during the NC DAR District III meeting that was held at Quail Hollow Club.

“Dr. Tony Zeiss exemplifies leadership and service in our community,” says DAR Halifax Convention Chapter Regent Catherine Bracey. “Dr. Zeiss has been the driving force behind the Trail of History. His work will ensure Charlotte’s rich history is captured for generations to learn.”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. Today’s DAR is dynamic and diverse, with over 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. DAR members annually provide millions of hours of volunteer service to their local communities across the country and world. DAR chapters participate in projects to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Over one million members have joined the organization since its founding in 1890.

Trail of History Festival

Charlotte Trail of History & Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Present:

Trail of History Festival

A one-day, annual event celebrating the history, growth, & development of Mecklenburg County, featuring local History, Art, Music, and Food!

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 10am – 4pm

Midtown Park on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway | 510 S Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204

Learn about Mecklenburg County’s 260 years of history with activities for children, local historians and museum interpreters, historical art demonstrations, and tours of the bronze sculptures. Download Flyer

Local Museums & History Organizations

Libraries & Genealogy Organizations

Community Organizations



Food & Drink

Making Their Mark

Levine Museum of the New South and Trail of History Present:

Making Their Mark: Charlotteans Who Shaped The City

Making Their Mark highlights men and women who have influenced the growth of Charlotte’s communities, institutions, and physical spaces throughout its rich history.  Explore the stories of Catawba warriors, civil rights activists, educators, artists, leaders in healthcare and more. These individuals came from different backgrounds and lived through different times, yet collectively, their legacies shape Charlotte’s identity.  

This exhibition includes archival photographs, collection items from Levine Museum, archived PBS Trail of History episodes, original sculptures by Trail of History artists, and interpretive panels highlighting key turning points in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s history.

Making Their Mark opens Saturday, April 1.