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BREAKING: Closed history museum will re-open for Reunion

August 8, 2012

A broken water line closed the Catawba County Museum of History for two days, but the downtown Newton attraction will re-open in time for Soldiers Reunion.

A cast iron water line feeding the building broke some time Tuesday morning, according to Catawba County Historical Association Executive Director Melinda Herzog.

The water line break forced the closure of the museum for Wednesday and Thursday, but Herzog said it will resume normal operating hours on Friday.

"When the building was built, cast iron was state of the art, but over time, the cast iron gets brittle," she said. "Cast iron pipes will break over time."

Herzog said museum staff members discovered the line break Wednesday when they came in.

"Fortunately it looks like we were coming in just about the same time the pipe broke," she said, "so we were able to mitigate most of the damage."

There was no "significant" damage to anything in the CCHA collection, Herzhog said.

Workers were in the museum by mid-morning Wednesday to make repairs and examine the infrastructure for any other looming problems. Herzog said 1924 courthouse and museum will be reopened in time to host all Soldiers Reunion Week events, including Saturday's Civil War anniversary concert featuring the 8th Regiment Band.

The event is 7-9 p.m. and includes a reception following the performance so attendees can meet members of the band.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 828-465-0383 or by visiting the museum after it re-opens.

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