History course will tell story of Rowan County

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Rowan Museum and Historic Salisbury Foundation are teaming up again to offer a 13-week history course. The class meets on Thursdays (except during Holy Week) from 7 until 8:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 4 and ending on May 5.

Classes meet at various locations, beginning with the Rowan Museum. Classes include information on Native Americans, early pioneers, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and history into our modern times.

Taught by historians  such as Terry Holt, Dr. Gary Freeze, Kaye Brown Hirst, Susan Sides, Reginald Brown, Raemi Evans, Ed Clement, Gretchen Witt and others, the class will take you throughout all of Rowan’s history and into many historic sites. Locations of the classes are the museum, the depot, the library, historic churches and other sites.

Hirst, executive director of the museum, says, “It’s a wonderful way for newcomers to our community to learn more about our local history, and also a great resource for educators. We also have many folks come back and take the class every year or every other year, just because they love history so much. And many folks simply want to enhance their knowledge of local history.”

The basic text is “Rowan County …  A Brief History” by James S. Brawley. It is available at Rowan Public Library, or on CD at the class for $10.

The course is free to Rowan County educators. Members of Historic Salisbury Foundation or Rowan Museum pay $25. Newcomers to the community pay $20, and the general public fee is $30.

To register for the class, call the office of Historic Salisbury Foundation at 704-636-0103 or eemail Office@historicsalisbury.org