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.
Western Carolina University will re-start its series of old-time and bluegrass music jam sessions and traditional dance gatherings in January, but the 2006 jam sessions, held at Western's Mountain Heritage Center, will come with a new twist.
Western Carolina University presented its Mountain Heritage Award for 2005 on Saturday (Sept. 24) to the Professional Crafts Program of Haywood Community College, which has become a model for crafts education programs around the country during its 29-year history.
Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Day will mark 31 years of celebrating traditional Appalachian culture when the festival gets under way just after sunrise Saturday, Sept. 24, on the campus in Cullowhee.
Archaeological evidence has shown that people have lived in what is now called Cullowhee Valley for thousands of years, and several Native American villages once stood on what is now the campus of Western Carolina University.
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.
Western Carolina University decided to add a little warmth to the cold winter nights back in January by sponsoring a series of informal old-time and bluegrass music jam sessions and traditional dance gatherings -- open to everyone in the region with a hankering to pick, sing and kick up their heels.
More than 80 writers from across the state will meet to read from their works and honor Raleigh author Sally Buckner during the annual N.C. Writers Conference on Saturday, July 31, at Western Carolina University.