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A photo, thought to have been taken in the 1940s, of children who attended the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School.  Photo courtesy of Mars Hill University
August 22, 2014, Comments Off

The exhibition traces the history of African Americans’ education in Western North Carolina, with a particular emphasis on Madison County, from Reconstruction through the period of Civil Rights legislation and integration in the 1960s.

Stock image: canned food, preserved food

Competitors to make history at WCU’s 40th Mountain Heritage Day

July 10, 2014, Comments Off

This is the festival's 40th anniversary and will include a number of contests, from whisker-growing to old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods co ...

13th Amendment to the US Constitution

VIDEO: Celebrating Juneteenth, 13th Amendment stops in WNC

June 16, 2014, Comments Off

North Carolina’s copy of the 13th Amendment was at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville on June 12 during a statewide tour to celebrate “Juneteenth,” ...

Image courtesy of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Date set for WNC viewing of NC’s copy of 13th Amendment ending slavery

May 21, 2014, Comments Off

As part of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War led by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and in recognition of Juneteenth ...

  • Grandfather Mountain sign featured
    Wind topples Grandfather Mountain sign
    April 1, 2014, Comments Off

    The iconic Grandfather Mountain sign that served as a Linville landmark for nearly 60 years was leveled Sunday morning by high winds.

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    Judge: Legal challenge to Smokies backcountry fee can move forward
    March 31, 2014, Comments Off

    A U.S. district judge in Knoxville has ruled that a lawsuit over a backcountry user fee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can go forward. However, the ruling has denied the plaintiff the right to examine records beyond the public a ...

  • Hugh Morton wheat featured
    Hugh Morton’s photos to go on exhibit at WCU
    March 19, 2014, Comments Off

    Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a reception and talk Thursday, March 27, celebrating the opening of the exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective.”

  • Yancey County School Board member Norb McKinney talks with middle school students at the Cane River archaeological site along the river where river cane will be be planted for 
Cherokee artisans to harvest. Photo courtesy of Yancey Common Times Journal.
    Cherokee, Yancey groups working to restore river cane
    March 5, 2014, Comments Off

    When the ancestors of the Cherokee lived on the rich land bordering the Cane River in the eastern part of Yancey County, the riverbanks were lined with cane that these Native American inhabitants used for making baskets and other items nece ...