Students help create exhibit at library

Students in Anna Fariello’s history class on museum exhibitions are putting their final project to work at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library from April 25 through the end of the 2007 fall semester.

In her class, students studied the history, operation and function of museums, said Fariello, visiting associate professor and leader of the Craft Revival Project at WCU, an effort to establish a virtual collection of objects, documents, letters, photos and oral histories that tell the story of an effort to revive mountain crafts during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Then she took them deeper into theories behind the documentation of material culture, interpretation of artifacts, use of special collection resources and all the nuts and bolts of obtaining various permissions and copyright clearances required for such public displays.

The class, which includes graduate and undergraduate students, finished up by creating an exhibit called “Reflections – Tradition and Transition in the Carolina Mountains.”

“They have created a display that is rooted in classroom theory, academic thinking, and the discipline of public history but, at the same time, it is designed to engage the community in thinking about its past and future,” Fariello said.

For more information, contact Anna Fariello at (828) 227-2499.