Catawba College History Professor Honored
September 10, 2004
Catawba College History Professor, Dr. Gary Freeze, was honored in absentia during an August luncheon at the Museum of History in Raleigh for his work with the Tar Heel Junior Historians Association (THJH).
Freeze was recognized for completing 10 years as a member of the group’s advisory committee, which sponsors North Carolina history clubs through the state. His service included editorial direction for the association’s history magazine, contribution of articles on various topics of North Carolina history and the direction of workshops for public school teachers.
Suzanne T. Mewborn, THJH coordinator, called Freeze’s extended term "a "remarkable achievement," noting that the Museum staff joined her in thanking Freeze for his "efforts in preserving and documenting North Carolina history."
The Raleigh honor capped an active scholarly summer for Freeze. He was a visiting scholar for the Civil War seminar at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Western Carolina University in June. In July, he sent to press his next book, "Carolina Arcadia: The Story of the Sparkling Catawba Springs," a study of a Gilded Age health resort in the Foothills near Hickory.
This fall, Freeze will present at paper, "When the Walls Talk," on the colonial churches of Rowan County at a "backcountry history" conference at Old Salem. He will also be the keynote speaker at the state meeting of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a convener of the Western Carolina Civil War Round Table, and, as a member of the advisory board of Preservation North Carolina, will be an official guest at the dedication of the remodeled 1765 Chowan County Courthouse in Edenton, one of the most important historic buildings in the state.