Lenoir, NC – Join the Caldwell Heritage Museum for some great opportunities as we continue learning about where we live.

The Museum is currently closed to the public as we will be doing some work around the museum until Friday, March 22. If you are interested in doing some cleaning, grounds work, rearranging, please call the Museum at 828-758-4004.

On Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 am at the Caldwell Heritage Museum is “Coffee With the Director” and will feature Brent Tomberlin, columnist for the News Topic and history teacher from South Caldwell High School. He will present “A Short History of Polio in Caldwell and Catawba County.” Hear the story, how it impacted communities, people’s lives, and the legacy that followed.

Did you know that in June 1944 the citizens of Hickory, NC built a hospital in 54 hours to save their children from one of the worst polio outbreaks to hit the United States? (source: http://hickoryart.org/new-blog/2015/4/7/the-miralce-of-history-the-1944-polio-hospital.) A time of fear, the unknown, closed swimming pools, self-imposed quarantine, parents and community members waited anxiously as time marched on to see if their families were among the next polio victims.

Come find out about our own local story, written by Luther Robinson (We Made Peace with Polio) and hear how it impacted not only his students but his own family as well.

Caldwell Heritage Museum