History exhibits and events, Summer-Fall 2014
Exhibit: Hillbilly Land: Myth and Reality of Appalachian Culture
open through December 31, 2014
at Smith McDowell House on the AB-Tech campus
Special related event:
Myths and Misconceptions of Mountain Dance, a slide show and lecture by Phil Jamison, dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer
2 p.m., Sat., Sept. 13, 2014, Reuter Center, UNC-Asheville
More about Phil Jamison: A member of the Green Grass Cloggers for many years, he was featured as a flatfoot dancer in the film, Songcatcher, where he also served as Traditional Dance Consultant. He plays the guitar, fiddle, banjo. “Mountain dance traditions have often been portrayed as survivals of an ancient Anglo-Saxon heritage brought to the mountains by the early pioneers,” he says. “But, rather than being pure survivals of Anglo-Celtic heritage, they are a blend of the European, African and Native American traditions that developed during the nineteenth century in the southern backcountry.” Phil teaches mathematics as well as Appalachian music at Warren Wilson College. He coordinates the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering each year.
Reservations not required. Cost: $5 per person; members of the WNC Historical Association, free. Call 253-9231 or e-mail email@example.com.
Exhibit: The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918
June 23 to Oct. 3, 2014
at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Western Office
More about exhibit: In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee hired photographer Lewis Hine to document the working conditions of young workers across the United States. He visited North Carolina’s textile mills, where about a quarter of all workers were under age 16. Forty of Hine’s photos, on loan from the N.C. Museum of History, are on exhibit.
Special related event:
Travis Sutton Byrd, author of an upcoming book on the subject, gives a talk at the Western Office, 6:30, Sept. 18. Call 296-7230 x221.
Exhibit: Our Story—This Place: African American Public Education in Madison County: The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School
Sept. 14, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2014
at the Rural Life Museum, Mars Hill College
About the exhibit: It traces the history African American education in Western North Carolina, with particular emphasis on Madison County, from Reconstruction through the period of the civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School played a large role for a good part of the 20th century. The exhibition will focus on the day-to-day learning experiences of the students who attended the school, along with the struggles, hopes and dreams of their teachers and parents.
Call 689-1400 or visit www.mhu.edu/museum.