CCHA Museum celebrates re-opening with ribbon cutting

NEWTON, NC (March 15, 2013) – The Catawba County Historical Association celebrated Thursday the re-opening of the museum in downtown Newton with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the hanging of new banners.

The museum was closed for a few months for repairs and renovations, which have now been completed. New banners announcing current exhibits now hang outside the entrances on Main and College Avenues.

“We are very proud of (the banners), and we hope it is going to help people know more about our institution and learn about some of the changing exhibitions,” CCHA Executive Director Melinda Herzog said.

Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said, “I know the banners are going to draw visitors into the museum who didn’t know the museum was here. The courthouse is the crown jewel of downtown Newton, and we’re so pleased the CCHA is here.”

The newly installed banners will feature new exhibitions The Quilter’s Needle opening March 15 and Catawba Solder in Afghanistan opening April 15. The Quilter’s Needle is an exhibition of selected quilts from the CCHA collection, showcasing quilts made by Catawba County residents, dating from 1790s to the 1950s. The exhibit is open until May 15.  Also, Catawba Soldier in Afghanistan is an exhibit highlighting the extraordinary war time scarifies of the men and women from Catawba County. The exhibit runs until September 15. Joining theses exhibits on display is The Miracle of Hickory: the 1944 Emergency Polio Hospital, which highlights Hickory and the surrounding Catawba County communities, construction of the Hickory Emergency Infantile Paralysis Hospital, completed in 54 hours, to fight the Polio epidemic that swept across this area in 1944.

Herzog said, “This is an important time for us because this is part of the many new things we’re bringing out for the museum and the directions we’re going.”

CCHA trustees, Newton City Council members, Catawba County Commissioners and other business leaders were in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Museum of History is located at 30 N. College Ave in beautiful downtown Newton.   For more information call 828.465.0383 or visit