The Smithsonian is coming to downtown Newton!

The Way We Worked is a traveling exhibit documenting the history of labor in America. The free exhibit runs from August 10 - September 18 at the History Museum of Catawba County in the 1924 Courthouse in downtown Newton, NC.
The History Museum of Catawba County has a line-up of FREE events ready for the community!

August 11 | 10 am | History Museum
Stories: YES student documentaries
"Tools of Our Trade" featuring artifacts from the Historical Association's collection
August 11 | 2 pm | History Museum
Veterans Roundtable Discussion
In partnership with Abernethy Laurels Retirement Community
August 25 | 10 am - 3 pm | History Museum & Courthouse Lawn
August 26 | 2 pm - 5 pm | History Museum & Courthouse Lawn
“A Courthouse Drama”
In partnership with The Green Room Community Theatre
September 8 | 6 pm | Courthouse LawnHunter Holmes
Hunter Holmes Concert
Ballads of the Mill Worker

Get more information and book tours of The Way We Worked and Catawba: Innovation at Work,
please visit or email

Get Involved!

1. Tell Your Story
Catawba: Innovation at Work
To complement The Way We Worked, we are telling the story of Catawba County workers as well. Your story and/or photos could be featured in the supplemental exhibit Catawba: Innovation at Work. Tell us the story of how you or someone in your family (present or departed) worked in Catawba County. Send us recollections of working (300 words or less) and photographs of yourself or family at work. [Email:]

2. Nominate a Catawban Worker
Oral History Recognition Project
The Historical Association trustees, staff and volunteers would like to honor the men and women who built the Catawban economy in the five following industries: furniture, ceramics, textiles, agriculture, and fiber optics. Learn more how to nominate someone to receive recognition for their part in Catawba County's labor force.

3. Sponsor The Way We Worked Exhibit
Help support events and exhibits that are free to the community!
Go to the Smithsonian Sponsorship


The Way We Worked has been made possible in Newton, North Carolina by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council and made possible by support from the Porter Durham Family. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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