Newton, NC – The Catawba County Library is hosting a special evening with local historian, Dr. Gary Freeze, author of The Catawbans historical series. All citizens are invited to the Claremont Branch Library on Friday, August 19th at 5 pm to meet one of the most prominent historians in the region.

Dr. Freeze will share unique insights about the history of Catawba County and how that history affects us today. For example, did you know that we are one of the few counties in the state that continues to follow a traditional agrarian calendar? Dr. Freeze will explain the tradition of “laying by” kept by farmers which allowed them to attend camp meeting. In addition, he will compare “laying by” to the tradition of the “muster day” when militia companies gathered, connecting to the Balls Creek Camp Meeting and Soldier’s Reunion that local communities still observe today.

Dr. Freeze, a professor of history at Catawba College, earned his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill and was a teaching assistant to the state historian, the late Bill Powell. Dr. Freeze was commissioned by Catawba County to capture our county’s history in black and white resulting in the publication of a three volume series titled The Catawbans. Volume one: Crafters of a North Carolina County, 1747-1900 and volume two: Pioneers in Progress are available to check out today from the library. The third and final volume of the The Catawbans is due to be released in the Fall of 2016.

The Claremont Branch Library is located at 3288 E. Main St., Claremont, NC 28610. For the latest in library news, visit or stop by your local branch.

Photo: Dr. Gary Freeze