An exhibit developed by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center that features photographs of Jackson County’s historic churches is now on display at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Sylva.
“The Churches of Jackson County,” a collection of black-and-white images taken in the 1980s by Mountain Heritage Center staff, features 30 church buildings located throughout the county from Cashiers to Whittier. The oldest church photographed, John’s Creek Baptist Church, dates from 1859.
The exhibition is part of a themed program partnership of Friends of Mountain History and Museums in Partnership. Friends of Mountain History (FOMH) is a not-for-profit organization supporting museums and historic sites in 25 counties in Western North Carolina.
This year’s themed exhibition program, “People of Faith: Rites and Rituals in the Blue Ridge Mountains,” is designed to encourage annually themed exhibits and auxiliary programming in museums, historic sites and other educational sites throughout the region.
“The Churches of Jackson County ” will be on display at the chamber office through July 2007. The office is located at the historic Hooper House Sylva, 773 W. Main St . It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Mountain Heritage Center, located on the campus of Western Carolina University, celebrates the heritage of the Southern Appalachian region through exhibitions, publications, educational programs and demonstrations. Open to the public free of charge, the museum is located on the ground floor of Western’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. Daily visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays, June through October.
For more information about programs and special events, call (828) 227-7129 or visit mhc.wcu.edu.