The Catawba Cultural Center has housed archival records and items for the Catawba Nation since 1993. The maintenance and safekeeping of these records has been a primary function of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project since its inception in 1989.
Technology has come a long way, though, and we now have tools that can easily provide resources to people all over and learn about our history and culture as never before. We’re making these tools and resources available – both in person and online – through the Community Resource Center and Archives.
The Community Resource Center will be a new space where visitors can check out books, print documents, create things with 3D printing, and more. It’ll be like a library for Catawba citizens plus a little extra. Large format printing, laser cutting, and a growing number of resources will be available there that will be exciting new tools for our community.
The Catawba Nation Archives at the Catawba Cultural Center has worked for decades starting alongside the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project as a way of collecting and preserving records, artifacts, pottery, and anything else significant to Catawba Culture. Seeing and interacting with historical artifacts and artwork in person is a lot different than only reading about them. With this goal in mind, we hope this will soon become a safe space for visitors to view and interact with these items and personally learn and study about our history and experiences. Catawba Culture is still here and this is one place we can learn about ourselves by examining our past.
To visit the archives online, go to archives.catawbaculture.org to register any time!