Hickory – Randell Jones, an engaging storyteller and historian, will entertain the audience with tales of notable North Carolina women on Wednesday, June 13. His fascinating presentation will take place at the historic 1924 former Catawba Co. Courthouse (now the home of the Catawba County Museum of History), located at 30 North College St. in Newton.

Jones’ talk starts at 10:30am and is sponsored by Newcomers of Catawba Valley and the Historical Association of Catawba Valley. Dr. Amber Clawson Albert, Executive Director of the historical association, will introduce Jones. The public is invited and welcome to attend.

Jones will give a light hearted look at notable – as well as infamous – women in North Carolina history. “We have a woman disguised as a Civil War soldier, a couple of famous pirates, a daredevil aeronaut, an internationally famous sharpshooter, and a first lady who “really, really, really” liked being married to the governor,” he said.

Photo: Randell Jones

Randell Jones is an award winning author, editor and storyteller, who is an expert on North Carolina regional history and culture, and is a Roads Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. He is also a business consultant.

His talk is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Newcomers of Catawba Valley is primarily a social organization that enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet, make friends and participate in a variety of activities, including support of area charities and service programs. The club is made up of men and women and does not limit how long a member may belong. General meetings are usually held at the Hickory Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.

For more information, visit www.newcomersofcv.com.