There are two (2) groups of people in Granite Falls who work to preserve our history - the History Committee and the Granite Falls Historical Association, Inc. The History Committee works under the direction of town officials to oversee all aspects of the Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum, including maintenance of facilities, arrangement of exhibits, and the preservation of historical materials. The Town Council appoints members of the History Committee (who serve without pay), and their meetings and records are open to the public. The Granite Falls Historical Association, Inc. is a 501(c ) 3 nonprofit organization supported by membership dues and fundraisers. While the History Committee focuses on the needs of the museum, the Association helps by expanding the museum’s services, broadening historical research, and promoting its programs. Established in 2016 (click on this PDF icon for more information), the Association has sponsored genealogical workshops, hikes to the falls that gives the town its name, and special programs to record oral histories from residents. Currently, the Association is working on two (2) long term projects - updating Etched in Granite, the History of Granite Falls, North Carolina and mapping Pinecrest Cemetery (a challenge since plots are individually owned and no known complete map exists). The Association plans to finish Etched in Granite, Volume II in time for the town’s 125th Anniversary on May 1, 2024. It will consist of the following sections: basic chronological history of town events, personal memories of the town and the people who have lived here, family histories, and information about organizations (churches, civic clubs, schools, and businesses). Although the Association Board has not been able to meet due to COVID-19 restrictions, members have been busy making photos, collecting newspaper articles, and recording both events and memories of 2020 to include in Volume II. The Pinecrest Cemetery Mapping Project has experienced a setback due to the closure of schools. Teachers at South Caldwell High School had planned for drafting students to lay out a map based upon an aerial photo provided by Mark Jackson of Jackson Aerial Photography and for history students to walk the cemetery to gather information from tombstones. The Association Board is hopeful they can complete the map in May 2021. As this website is being built, North Carolina is still under Phase 2 restrictions and experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases. While we hope the Association can have its Annual Meeting in October, a provision in the bylaws allows for officers to continue to serve until their replacements have been elected. The president will send out a news release and post information here and on the museum’s Facebook page (Granite Falls History and Transportation Museum). Persons wishing to join the Association may do so at any time. Our fiscal year begins on November 1st and runs through October 31st. Annual dues are $12.00 for individuals, $18.00 for families, and $25.00 for businesses, prorated during the first year. For example, individual memberhip for March 1 through October 31 is $8.00 ($1.00 per month). Business membership for the same period is $17.00 ($2.00 per month plus $1.00). A family (1 or 2 adults with children under 18 years of age) would pay $12.00 for the same 8 months. Persons/businesses wishing to join the Granite Falls Historical Association, Inc. may send their dues with a completed membership form (click on this PDF icon ) to the Association's treasurer, Adele Mangan, 33 Crestview St., Granite Falls, NC 28630. For more information, email Linda Crowder, the president, at lrdrcrowder@gmail.com. Her phone number is 828-396- 1066. Please note: We want to say a special “thank you” to Paragon Design Group, Inc. of Hudson for creating our beautiful logo during their 2017 CreateAThon event that provides pro bono marketing assistance for worthy causes. Check out their website: https://paragondesign.com/