Footcandle Film Society, in partnership with Catawba Valley Community College, will be screening the documentary “Miracle: How a North Carolina County Named Catawba Battled Polio and Won” on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater.
“Miracle” is a cumulative work of the faculty of Catawba Valley Community College and its service community to understand and interpret the 1944 Polio Epidemic, Catawba County’s single most formative event. Professor Richard Eller and some of those involved in the production of the film will be in attendance and discussing the film afterwards.
Tickets are free for all current film society members, although any donations to CVCC would help with their future productions. All guests (non-film society members) would need to purchase a ticket at the door for $5.00 each.
CVCC will also be bringing copies of the accompanying book — “Polio, Pitchforks, and Perseverance: How a North Carolina County Named Catawba Built a ‘Miracle‘” — for attendees to purchase. The book is 12 diverse essays that examine the war, polio, and the war on polio that took place in our area in 1944. The book is a Redhawk Publication, a subsidiary of Catawba Valley Community College. The book was written by students, faculty, and staff of CVCC as well as members of the colleges’ community partners including the Catawba County Historical Museum in Newton, NC. The Catawba County Historical Museum receives a portion of every sale of the book.