Friday, February 22, 2008

About our blog

Preserving Our Past is a blog produced by volunteers of Destination Cleveland County.

DCC’s mission is to unite the history, heritage, culture, and arts of Cleveland County, N. C., to create a vibrant economy via cultural tourism – “embracing the future and preserving the past.”
As part of that, DCC’s History Committee has committed to undertake the inventorying and organization of the thousands of historical artifacts remaining at the old courthouse building at the center of downtown Shelby, N.C. The artifacts were collected there – many donated by local citizens – for a former museum now closed.

Those of us engaged in this Historic County Courthouse Collection Preservation Project are finding the work challenging, stimulating, a little dusty, and downright fun. It’s a pleasure to join with other volunteers on courthouse workdays in discovering and documenting treasures of the past – from the mundane to the momentous.

We hope this blog will be a dialogue. We will share news and events, perspectives, and stories about our volunteers and other helpers, what we are finding, and the bits of history we uncover. We hope you will provide us comments and stories, too. And if you’d like to take part in DCC’s projects, please telephone 704.487.6233 for information about becoming involved as a volunteer.

Sherry Grenier and Millie Wood of Shelby, N. C., are co-chairs of the History Committee, and Pat Poston of Kings Mountain, N. C., is administrator/editor and a contributing writer for this blog. From time to time, other volunteers will contribute postings as well. Our Blog Team will welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact us at