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  • Charlotte Planning Guide
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  • Enjoy the Pride of Southern Living Blended With Old-Fashioned Hospitality When You Exhibit in Charlotte with ACA!
    August 12-17, 2006

    Charlotte, North Carolina, a congenial southern town where gentility is a way of life, will serve as host of the American Correctional Association's 136th Congress of Correction, August 12-17, 2006, at the Charlotte Convention Center. This six-day event will offer attendees a chance to participate in a cornucopia of social events and activities that will allow them to socialize with new acquaintances and old friends as they search for networking opportunities.

    Charlotte is a welcoming place for visitors who are interested in its historical sites, museums and gardens. History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Charlotte Museum of History, which offers audience-focused programs and exhibits based on the people, buildings, stories and objects that have shaped the history of Charlotte and its surrounding region. Also, be sure to take a journey into Charlotte's vivid past by visiting the historic Latta Plantation, a successful cotton plantation that is now a living history farm with costumed guides conducting tours. Garden lovers can escape to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, which features 110 acres of themed gardens, or the Ribbon Walk, a 137-acre botanical garden that includes an environmental education center.

    Charlotte's history can be traced to the mid-1700s, when Scotch-Irish settlers descended down the Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia. They stopped near the Catawba River and built a settlement, which continued to flourish as new neighbors arrived. This new settlement was named "Charlotte" in honor of the wife of King George III, who was then the king of England. Located in the new county of Mecklenburg, named in honor of Queen Charlotte's native land in Germany, Charlotte became known as the "Queen City," and in 1768 it became an incorporated city. By 1799, prospectors discovered a 17-pound gold nugget, which brought more prospectors into the city, followed by the opening of mines. This era as a gold-rush city was short-lived, however, because of the call from the California gold field, which took away the miners. Soon, cotton became another staple for Charlotte, and later the railroad came to town bringing even more economic stability.

    This beautiful Southern city will provide a relaxed atmosphere for attendees to participate in themed social events and other fun activities, including the Monday Night Get-Acquainted Reception, the Tuesday Morning Specialty Break, and the much-anticipated Grand Prize Giveaway, during the 136th Congress of Correction. We look forward to those who have exhibited with us before to do so again. For those who have never exhibited with ACA, we encourage you to do so in Charlotte for this six-day event. See you soon!


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