Historical society plans for busy year ahead

By Thomas Lark

MOUNT HOLLY—It’s a “roomful of horrible, moldy, smelly boxes that have been salvaged!”

Seventy-eight boxes, in fact.

Dr. Roy Vogel was referring to the much-treasured archives of the Mount Holly Historical Society. Vogel and wife Christine are the co-chairmen of the MHHS Archives Committee.

Dr. Vogel was among the group’s members providing updates at its Aug. 28 meeting.

Among a host of other archived materials now properly labeled and categorized are letters and postcards from the locally prominent Nims family, spanning the years 1890 to 1970; artifacts from the Tucker estate, another big family in Mount Holly history; and vintage photographs covering 150 years of changing times.

Vogel noted that the historical society, settling in at its new downtown digs in the former Mount Holly City Hall on Main Street, has exhibits featuring the Mountain Island Mill (built in the 1840s and swept away in the great flood of 1916) and other local mills; schools and doctors, as well as downtown pharmacies; and the area’s earliest inhabitants, the Catawba Indians.

He added that the enormous bell, rung signal shift changes at the Mountain Island Mill, was salvaged from the receding floodwaters, 96 years ago. It now rests in the MHHS headquarters.

Vogel also made an appeal for greater membership and financial support. Annual memberships cost $25 each or $40 for a family.

“We need new blood and more volunteers,” he said. “Only with donations can we grow.”

Treasurer Elizabeth Nobles said the society has $5,375 in its coffers.

Shortly thereafter, James Allen of American & Efird presented a check for $2,500 to MHHS President Meghan Elting.

Publicity chairman Sandy Carter noted the group’s new e-mail address – mhhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. She also praised member John Anger for creating the society’s Facebook page.

Anger, known for discovering many 19th-century artifacts in northern Mount Holly, was recognized as the MHHS Volunteer of the Year later in the meeting.

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