Volume VII, Number
3 ………….………………. Summer 2012
June 30, 2012 sunset. Photo by Karin Borei.
Click on image for
the Friends of the Museum and the
Caldwell Heritage Museum, Inc.,
112 Vaiden Street, Lenoir,
Bethel Colony Open House July 21, 2012, 2 - 4 p.m.
Tour the Museum
Food and Fellowship
This annual event is designed to show
appreciation for the help Bethel gives to the Museum.
Fifth Sunday Open House July 29, 2 - 5 p.m.
Gamewell Day featuring the Gamewell
Refreshments by the Gamewell
September 30, 2012:
Fifth Sunday Open
Christmas cards, calendars, and DVD
III will be on sale. Michael Hardy, Author
December 7, 2012: Christmas Open
In conjunction with the Caldwell Arts
Council. Vendors, Santa Claus.
of Events for 2012
The full calendar of Museum 2012
events, including open houses, special events,
meetings, is available
Saturday, June 16, four Board members met to begin Phase I
of revamping the Museum lobby. They spent about three hours
stripping the wall paper, removing approximately one-fourth.
On Tuesday, June 20, Pam Pilkenton of Cannon Paint
Company met with the Museum Director and the Board Chairperson to
make recommendations for painting including color scheme. On
June 27, two volunteers steamed another section of paper
from walls. They have been employed to remove remainder
which hopefully will be completed the first week in July.
The walls will then be prepared for painting.
High School Band items, donated by Barbara Love,
whose husband, Bob, was a long-time director of
the band, have been added to the Caldwell County Music
World War I section of the Military Room is being
upgraded by Bob Hensley,
Jamie Spears, and
Colin Foust, under the tutelage of
displays continue to receive upgrades by the Museum
Museum has a temporary display at the Caldwell County
Public Library in Lenoir.
Colin Foust has created a Face Book page for the
Display (Special Exhibits)
The Museum is
currently scheduling further displays for the Main
Floor in 2013. These can be collections from
individuals that might not be appropriate for the
Museum’s permanent collection, or items that the
collector does not want to donate to any Museum. The
displays are usually two to three months in
duration. In the past the temporary collections have
included comic books, baseball memorabilia,
Crackerjack prizes, nativity scenes, Collettsville
Historical Society items, Madam Alexander dolls,
cups and saucers, Judy Garland costumes, and a host
of others. Please contact the Museum Director with
Scheduled for the future so far are the following. (Subject to
Through August 2012 – Gamewell
September through mid-November
2012 – Postcards
Mid-November-December 2012 –
January-February 2013 –
Unidentified Pictures such as
March-April 2013- Hibriten High
School Southern Culture Class Projects
will again be publishing a township calendar for 2013. The
North Catawba Township will have the cover. Birthdays,
anniversaries, or other significant dates may be included on
the calendar for $2.00 per listing. A form to submit dates
is available at the Museum. (The form is identical to the
2011 form, except that
the submission/payment deadline is August 25, 2012.)
Calendars will be ready for purchase at the September 30
Museum Christmas Card
The subject of
this year’s Christmas card is the star on Hibriten Mountain.
The painting is by Dustin Turnmyre who has created
several popular cards for the Museum in the past. Cards will
be for sale at the September 30 Open House.
previous Museum Christmas cards, 2002
Board Member Resigns
a member of the Board of Directors for over two
years, resigned effective May 8, 2012. She
stated in two e-mails: “Thanks so much for the
opportunity to serve on such a prestigious
board. I just did not have the time to commit
like I would have liked to. When you work two
jobs it’s hard to get to everything. Please let
[the board members] know that I did not want to
resign, but I think someone else would have more
time and the commitment that this position needs
to proceed with making the museum what it needs
to be. I love you all!”
Dr. Myra Dickson
will complete Martin's term which expires the
end of 2012.
Suggestions for nominees to the Museum’s Board
of Directors for the term ending in 2015 should
be submitted with a brief statement giving their
qualifications not later than September 1. New
members will be elected at the Board’s November
meeting. Contact the Museum Director or
Nominating Committee Chairperson, Bob Booth.
2012: April, 250; May, 229; June, 218. Total
second quarter, 697. Average 232 per month. To
date this year: Total attendance, 1,296; Average
per month, 216.
quarter: Volunteer Recognition, 19;
April Fifth Sunday, 17; Audubon Display,
48; Cub Scout Troup 271, Whitnel United
Methodist, 21; May Board meeting, 10;
ASU Archeology Class, 17; Youth
The Board met on
May 17. Quorum present. Reports approved.
Accepted Lynn Martin’s resignation;
discussed possible replacement; nominated former
Lieutenant Governor W. C. Newland,
Caldwell native, to Education Hall of Honor;
approved “No animals, except service animals, in
the building” ruling; authorized Finance
committee to discuss pay increase for assistant;
suggested Building Committee discuss lobby
revamp; Board field trip being planned.
Minutes of Board
meetings are available at Museum during regular
hours. Scheduled Board Meetings for remainder of
2012: July 19, September 20, and November 15.
Dates subject to change. Special meetings may be
called as needed.
The Finance Committee met on Thursday,
May 24. The Committee agreed to increase Museum
Assistant’s pay by $1.00 per hour for quality
work. They also recommended he be given an
additional $1.00 per hour in September on
anniversary of his hiring. They allocated $2,500
to begin work on upgrading lobby. Items are
included in 2012 budget approved by Board. They
encouraged Museum Director to take mileage
budgeted for that purpose. Committee agreed
money in savings, approximate amount of Museum’s
operating budget for one year, be held as an
The Building and Grounds Committee met on
June 1. They divided the Lobby project into
three phases—Phase 1, the lower walls and
stairway wall; Phase II, the upper level with
the extremely high walls and ceilings; Phase
III, the floor and furnishing that might be
needed. Garry Bradshaw to recruit workman
to remove the wallpaper and determine any needed
repairs to the wall. They authorized the Museum
Director to investigate tinting the windows to
block the morning sun.
The Programming and Display Committee
received e-mail reports on upgrades of World War
I section of Military Room and permanent
displays. Main Floor exhibits scheduled through
Summer 2013. They did not meet formally since no
decisions needed to be made.
2012 Board Meetings
(Subject to change as needed)
All Board meetings are open to the public.
July 19, 2012
September 20, 2012
November 15, 2012
Individuals who can give 2-4 hours per week
at the front desk are needed. The job is primarily answering
telephone, greeting visitors, and making a good first
impression. Volunteers will be trained. Times are available
on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.
Individuals to help with
writing articles or the editing of Hilltop Echoes.
Museum staff will furnish information or make suggestions.
The Museum Director will approve the newsletter before
publishing. Knowledge of Microsoft Publisher or computers
Individuals to assist in
upgrading displays. Museum Director or Museum Assistant can
teach fundamentals and/or oversee process. Creative outlet
for right person(s).
Individuals with special
skills or talents can volunteer those skills and talents to
Museum on a scheduled or an occasional basis.
Individuals for Bethel Colony
Open House on July 21. Needed: cooks, food (or money to buy
food), supplies, servers, and people to be a presence in
Museum to answer questions. Volunteers get to eat as well.
Individuals or groups to
furnish light refreshments for 30-40 people for September 30
Volunteers are a part of the
Museum Auxiliary and they are honored by the Museum each
year during National Volunteer Week.
There is always a place for
volunteers. Contact the Museum Director regarding the above
Expressions of Gratitude
Compensatory Ed Class, Mulberry Recreational
Center; Shelter Workshop.
Desserts - Judy Beal. Barbara Love
April Open House:
Refreshments - AJ’s Family
Steakhouse, Bob Booth, Dottie and Darrell Lloyd.
Workers - Bob Booth, Jean Branch, John Spicer.
Coordinator - Bob Holland; Set-up - Garry
Bradshaw, Teresa Bradshaw, Mike Gibbons, Kathryn
McKee and Museum Assistant Colin Foust.; Workers
- Lib Barnette, Judy Beal, Wayne Beane, Bob Booth, Karin
Borei, Steve Branch, Garry Bradshaw, Mike Gibbons, Tom
Shuford, Jamie Spears, and Museum Assistant,
Workers - Colin
Foust, Bob Hensley
Planting and Trimming:
Bob Booth, Garry Bradshaw, Mike Gibbons,
Web site - Karin Borei; Library – Barbara Watson;
Treasurer - Judy Beal; Environmental Services -
Teresa Bradshaw; Restoring Parachute - Kathryn McKee,
Levina Smith; Scheduled Volunteers –
Elizabeth Barnette, Steve Branch, Jan
Bumgarner, Danielle Clanton, Barbara Love, Aileen Moss,
From the Director's
Desk: Looking Toward the Future …………..……John O. Hawkins
Any organization that wants to survive
has to have foresight. Those that do not plan beyond the
“here and now” are doomed to fade away. We have seen
several worthwhile groups in our community die as their
members “aged out” because they had failed to reach the
next generation. If such a body is to survive, there
have to be younger “worker bees” joining the older
members on a regular basis.
Many times the members of the Caldwell
Heritage Museum Board have discussed the Museum’s
future. We realize that those who are working now will
not be around forever. Our by-laws have term limits
which forces us to recruit fresh blood. New people bring
new ideas along with new energy, new talents and new
skills which build on the ideas, energy, talents, and
skills of their predecessors.
Any group that wants to survive cannot
be self-contained. Our members realize that we do not
have all the answers. We go outside our group when
additional information or expertise is needed. We are
fortunate to have former board members and many others
willing to give advice when they are asked or when it is
Any group that wants to leave a lasting
legacy has to be visionary. We cannot have a “We’ve
always done it this way” mentality. We are open to new
ideas. Our bylaws are not written in stone—they provide
for revision and they are revised when necessary to
reflect needed changes. We respect tradition, but we are
not bound by it.
Any group wanting to survive has to be
good stewards of their resources. People entrust us with
items for display, and we try to display them safely and
attractively. People also trust us with financial
contributions, and we try to spend wisely. We give
priority to our needs, and, thanks to the generosity of
our supporters and the conscientious stewardship of our
board, we can have some of our “wants” as well. We have
money being held in reserve as a “rainy day” fund.
I know that the details of the future
are a mystery to us, and it’s probably good that they
are. Someone has said that we need to live our lives as
if it were our last day on earth, but we should plan as
if we would be staying here forever.
Historical organizations such as the
Museum are concerned with preserving the past at the
present time for the future. Our mission statement says
it this way: “The purpose of the Caldwell Heritage
Museum is to educate, research, and preserve the history
of Caldwell County through educational services and
exhibits for our contemporary society, and passing
intact its material culture to future generations.” In
this statement the past and the future meet in the
Friends of the
Museum & Auxiliary
The Museum as always is extremely grateful to those who
make contributions to the Museum in money,
in kind, or in time every year. Cumulative and
annual lists of these contributors are available at the
Museum. To see the lists, just ask in person. For confidentiality
reasons, the lists are not available on the Museum's web site.
(More about the
November 22, 2012 – Thanksgiving Day
December 25, 2012 – Christmas Day
January 1, 2013 – New Years Day
If the Caldwell County
Schools are closed due to inclement weather, the
Museum will also be closed.
If the Caldwell County
Schools are on a delayed schedule, or if it is a
Teacher’s Work Day due to
weather, the Museum
will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
If the Caldwell County
Schools have early dismissal due to weather, the
Museum will close also.
If in doubt, call the Museum.
CALDWELL HERITAGE MUSEUM, INC.
Vaiden Street SW, Lenoir, NC 28645
John O. Hawkins,
Saturday Assistant: Colin Foust
Barbara Watson, Librarian
Judy Beal, Treasurer
Karin Borei, Web Master
Elizabeth Barnette, Teresa Bradshaw,
Steve Branch, Danielle Clanton,
Mary Gay Hickman,
Kathryn Jackson, Kathryn McKee, Barbara Love,
Donna Shane, and Jamie Spears
Tuesday-Friday – 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Term Exp. Dec. 2012
Jeff Church, Facility Owner Rep.
O. Hawkins, Museum Director
Hist. Soc. Rep.