Join us as we embark on a journey of a hundred years, commemorating the remarkable legacy of the Arts & Science Center through the heartfelt stories of cherished community advocates.  The SALT Block Foundation proudly presents this journal that encapsulates a century of creativity, innovation, and human connection through captivating narratives highlighting the transformation from its inception as Claremont High School to its present-day glory. The SALT Block Foundation serves as the benevolent landlord for the upkeep of the block and offsets the operational cost for our five resident organizations.  

We look forward to the opportunities that this will open for our community to share their stories with us as well.  Save the date for our upcoming Anniversary Gala on September 14th, 2024.

Interview with Jeff Cline--click the photo for the interview

September's featured SALT Story with community advocate Jeff Cline, focuses on his time at Claremont High School. The fun experiences he had as he played with the marching band and jazz band, as well as his experiences throughout his time in Hickory. Enjoy!

SALT Stories #3

Interview with Don Norwood--click the photo for the interview

November's featured SALT Story interview with Don Norwood looks back on his time as a student at the school, his work after graduation, and his time as a valued member of the SBF board of directors and building and grounds committee.  Don has served in some capacity with the SALT Block for many years.  His guidance and expertise in the building have been invaluable to its upkeep and preservation.  He continues to support the SALT Block Foundation financially through an estate plan and is an advocate of time, talent, and treasure.

SALT Stories #2 in the series.

Interview with Margaret Ann Campbell, Nancy Matheson, and Julia Matheson--
click the photo for the interview

October featured SALT Story led us to a conversation with Nancy Matheson and Margaret Ann Campbell, lifelong friends who attended Claremont High School, and Nancy’s daughter Julia Matheson, who serves on the board of the SALT Block Foundation as communications chair. This delightful story focuses on many aspects of their time in high school, growing up in Hickory, as well as the work of the SALT Block Foundation.