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Exhibits & Artifacts

Our exhibitions illustrate mountain societies and the natural world, past and present. Temporary exhibits have been produced around such themes as blacksmithing, Cherokee myths and legends, and southern Appalachian handicrafts. Traveling exhibits look at North Carolina's State Dog, explorer William Bartram, the tradition of Decoration Day, and more.

Gallery Exhibits

The Mountain Heritage Center galleries are open Monday through Friday. The galleries are at located at Hunter Library 161 (beside Java City) and Hunter Library Second Floor. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129. 

I Want You: Western North Carolina during World War 1

MHC WWI exhibit


Through April 26, 2019:  Mountain Heritage Center gallery at Hunter Library 161, M – F 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

This exhibit, created by the MHC, looks at World War 1 and how it transformed western North Carolina and North Carolinians. I Want You is split up in five different segments that flow in chronological order.  The stories of western North Carolinians involved in the war includes women in new work roles, Native Americans and African Americans in the US Army, and how propaganda created support for the war effort.

Coming in January the Mountain Heritage Center will be presenting in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a traveling exhibit titled North Carolina in the Great War.  This addition will be added to the current exhibit to round out what the Great War meant to all North Carolinians no matter if they lived in the mountains, piedmont, or at the coast.

Discovering Appalachia

MHC exhibit


Through May 14, 2019: MHC second floor gallery at Hunter Library 161, M – F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia is a cultural crossroads that has been visited and inhabited by people from many different cultural backgrounds. Discover talented and hard working people who have shaped this region. Learn about their varied backgrounds and the portions of their culture that they share with others.

Hunter Library first floor

Feeding the Social Fire: Slow Cooked Culture Through North Carolina Barbecue

Why do North Carolinians love to talk about barbecue? Is it the variety of sauces, the different styles of preparation, or is something bigger that attracts us to this Southern tradition?  Feeding the Social Fire looks at the history of North Carolina’s barbecue culture. Learn where it came from, why we argue about, and how it brings us together. The exhibit was created in 2010 by WCU public history students under the direction of Dr. Jessica Swigger and Trevor Jones of the Mountain Heritage Center..

Online Exhibits 

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