The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University’s museum of Appalachian culture, will offer instruction in two craft traditions that have been practiced in the region for years.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., visitors will get to observe and try out the unique folk art of crafting dolls from corn shucks, also known as cornhusks. Then, a week later, the museum will provide an opportunity for visitors to try their hands at weaving on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Both programs are free and will take place on the courtyard outside the center’s gallery at Hunter Library. In case of inclement weather, the programs will be moved inside the gallery.

“Historically, corn was an integral part of life in Western North Carolina with all parts of the plant finding uses on the farm,” said Peter Koch, education specialist with the museum. “The shucks in particular were often utilized in mats, mattresses, mops and, of course, children’s toys.

“Weaving, too, was integral to a family’s survival given the need for clothes, towels and blankets in particular. Learning about these two crafts is a way connect with some the early settlers to the region,” Koch said.

For more information on these upcoming programs and others, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.