Unveiling our Treasures:
From the Mountain to the Valley: Madison County’s Changing Landscape
Presentation Tuesday February 6, 3.30-5pm
Laura Boggess and Patricia Thompson, Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellows, present the fruits of their "treasure hunt" through the Southern Appalachian Archives at Mars Hill University, looking for evidence of change in Madison County’s landscape over the past 150 years. They focused on two major themes. The first was a history of Bailey Mountain, Mars Hill’s most iconic peak, as described and photographed in MHC scrapbooks, yearbooks, newspapers and diaries. They also explored ways in which ordinary people were connected to the land by reading diaries and letters and examining the McClure collection of agricultural photography.
The event is free and open to all.
About the fellowship
The Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellowship was named in honor of beloved former Mars Hill faculty members Dr. Virginia Hart and Dr. Robert Melvin. It was made possible by the Mars Hill Class of 1960 and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The fellowship supports a faculty-student team each year as they explore the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies’ Southern Appalachian Archives. For more information: https://www.mhu.edu/about/what-to-do-and-see/ramsey-center/hart-melvin-archival-research-fellowship/