WCU historian to discuss migration to Washington state

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April 2, 2013 | Share |

A member of Western Carolina University’s history department faculty will discuss the early to mid 20th-century migration of Western North Carolina residents to Washington state during a Thursday, April 11, presentation at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

Rob Ferguson, visiting assistant professor, will present “Remembering Home from Afar: Tarheels at Work and Play in the Pacific Northwest” at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

In his presentation, Ferguson will discuss how the region’s residents left the mountains to make a new life in the northwest, the types of jobs they found (particularly in the timber industry), and how they adapted to and changed the culture on the west coast. Ferguson also will talk about the connections that many of the migrants maintained with family and friends they left behind in North Carolina.

Ferguson earned his master’s degree at WCU and his doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call 828-227-7129 or visit www.wcu.edu/mhc.

The founders of the Darrington Bluegrass Festival in Washington state almost four decades ago included native Western North Carolinians (from left) Roy Morgan, Grover Jones, Louie Ashe, O.C. Helton and Bob Fisher.

The founders of the Darrington Bluegrass Festival in Washington state almost four decades ago included native Western North Carolinians (from left) Roy Morgan, Grover Jones, Louie Ashe, O.C. Helton and Bob Fisher.


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