A historian who rummaged through Appalachian Mountain artifacts and archives as an undergraduate student at Western Carolina University has been tapped to lead the museum where he once toiled as an intern.
“High Mountains Rising: Appalachia in Time and Place,” a book co-edited by Western Carolina University history professor H. Tyler Blethen, is the 2005 winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the Western North Carolina Historical Association.
A classroom in Western Carolina University's historic McKee Building has been transformed into a modern seminar room, thanks to contributions to the department of history from Dr. Curtis and Enid Meltzer, formerly of Highlands.
A new book by a Western Carolina University history professor tells the story of the rise of the tourism industry in Western North Carolina, from the early 1800s when low-country planters escaped the summer heat by heading to higher elevations to the arrival of casino gambling in Cherokee.
When it comes time to tell the story of record-high floodwaters that devastated the town of Canton in 2004, the municipality's museum will be able to add its own page about water damage to the collection of historical items in the Visitor Center.
There’s apparently no trouble with writer’s block in the Western Carolina University history department, as four faculty members have written books on topics ranging from the history of tourism in the South to books and printing in Europe’s Golden Age.