Newton, NC – A new multicultural exhibit in the Catawba County History Museum, entitled “Unpacking: How many cultures make Catawba home” highlights stories of immigration to Catawba County over the last 40 years.

The Historical Association of Catawba County (HACC) invites members of the public to the exhibit opening Thursday February 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Museum on the Newton Square. Leaders of local cultural organizations, municipalities, volunteers, and artifact lenders will be in attendance.

“This community-curated exhibit came to life thanks to the time and efforts of volunteers who believe that history is vibrant and universal,” explained HACC Executive Director Dr. Amber Clawson Albert.

A primary goal of the exhibition is to make the traditions, stories, and objects of different cultures more accessible to museum visitors. The exhibit opening will also serve as the kick-off event for the mural competition, details of the countywide contest will be announced at the event and later posted online.

Supported by the United Council for the Arts Grassroots Arts Project (GAP), the new exhibit features belongings that residents brought to Catawba County in recent years.  In addition to the GAP grant, the project is sponsored by private contributions and the NC Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

“It’s been wonderful to participate, even in a small way, on a project that celebrates all that we are as a people with such genuine respectfulness,” said Erica Derr, Collaborative Services Librarian for Catawba County Public Library and Steering Committee member.

The exhibit opening is free, family-friendly, and will include light refreshments. The Catawba County History Museum is located at 30 North College Ave Newton, NC.

If you have questions about the exhibit or want to get involved email [email protected]

About the Historical Association of Catawba County: a non-profit organization that offers heritage programming and preserves four historic sites – The Catawba County Museum of History, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Murray’s Mill Historic District, and The Harper House/Hickory History Center.

About the United Council for the Arts: since 1960, the non-profit organization has built partnerships with vibrant cultural organizations and local government to serve the community through funding cultural education and programming. The office is located in the west wing of the SALT BLOCK.

Display at ‘Unpacked’