Craft Revival Project

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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.
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Craft Revival Project celebrates first year success, second year funding

Partners in a mountain Craft Revival Project headquartered at Western Carolina University's Hunter Library had plenty to celebrate when they got together recently. Not only has the project received a second year of funding worth $126,000, but partners say it is well on its way toward creating a significant, Web-based, digital archive of craft materials that now are widely dispersed throughout Western North Carolina.
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New collection brings old materials into sharp focus at library

Working with four heritage partners, Western Carolina University's Hunter Library is creating 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.That movement generated widespread interest in mountain culture and continues to influence Western North Carolina tourism and economic development more than 100 years after the revival began.