Historical Association Membership Meeting
The Historical Association of Catawba County’s annual membership meeting on Saturday, Aug. 12, takes place the day before events of the 128th Soldiers Reunion salute to local war veterans get under way.
The 10 a.m. gathering at the County Museum of History in the 1924 Courthouse in Downtown Newton will feature the author of North Carolina and the Great War 1914-1918, Jessica Bandel of Raleigh.
“During the First World War, Catawba County residents contributed to the war effort in every possible respect: as soldiers, sailors, marines, and nurses; fundraisers and conservationists, manufacturers and farmers,” said Bandel. “When Uncle Sam came calling, no matter the cause, Catawba selflessly and patriotically volunteered.”
President of the Historical Association, Sybil Baird Stewart of Terrell, said the speaker will focus on the contributions and sacrifices of Catawbans to the war effort a century ago.
During the annual membership meeting, the Board of Trustees will swear in new members and announce the upcoming slate of officers. As in years past, Historical Association staff will present volunteer awards for each of the four sites under its management.
Members are invited to a light brunch with Bandel following the presentation.
Jessica Bandel has been a research historian for four years with the North Carolina Archives and History Office, a subdivision of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. During her tenure she has authored three books and curated the traveling exhibit, “So Great the Devastation: The 1916 Flood in Western North Carolina.”
Bandel earned her Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University where her research focused on the preservation and interpretation of Civil War battlefields. She is from Clarksville, Tenn.
The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is the agency that oversees the state’s historic sites, museums, zoo, symphony, parks, aquariums, libraries and archives. To learn more about how the State of North Carolina is commemorating World War I visit https://www.ncdcr.gov/education/topics/world-war-i.
Since 1936, the Historical Association of Catawba County has offered heritage programming and preserved the places that matter most to Catawbans.