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, and the tradition of Decoration Day.

Gallery Exhibits

MHC Gallery @ Hunter Library 161 with

Collecting for the Community

MHC gallery at HL161

What are the traditions found in the Appalachian region?

Who has called the mountains home?

What is Appalachia (app-uh-lach-uh)?

Hunter Library Second Floor Lobby

Lewis Hine photo

The Photography of Lewis Hine

 M – F, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, through Dec 11, 2015


H. F. Robinson Building first floor

Western Carolina University: The Progress of an Idea

Traces Robert Lee Madison's "Cullowhee Idea" from 1889 to the present. Highlights WCU's continuing mission of regional service.

Music at WCU

The exhibit includes a changing section that will highlight various aspects of university life.  The first iteration will focus on the rich legacy of formal and informal musical activity at WCU.

Lobby Cases   

Two of our lobby cases feature a Civil War Mystery!  They tell the story of a Union army corps badge belonging to Captain George S. Orr of the 77th Infantry Regiment of the NYSV that ended up in a Jackson County flea market in 2010.  Become a "history detective" as we trace the badge's journey from New York to North Carolina.

Two other cases feature the Mountain Heritage Award winners for 2014:  Davy Arch and the Bethel Rural Community Organization

Three cases feature "Roots and Branches of Appalachian Music:" Musical instruments from the Mountain Heritage Center collections.


Online Exhibits (open in a new window)

Traveling Exhibits: our exhibits for your institution.

Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual: Tradition and Innovation

December - August 2015  Jackson County Public Library

December - August 2015  I-26 Welcome Center

June - November 2015   Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Horace Kephart in the Great Smoky Mountains 
February - December 2015, Western Office of Archives and History, Oteen, NC
Bartram's Journey: The 1775 Journey of William Bartram to Western North Carolina
Read a description of the original exhibit from 2007, see page 6 of the Reporter pdf.
June - October 2015 Smith McDowell House, Asheville
Decoration Day in the Mountains
Read a description of the original exhibit. The traveling exhibit does not include artifacts.
Our State Dog: North Carolina's Plott Hound
Read a description of the original exhibit. The traveling exhibit does not include artifacts.

June 20-21, 2015  Plott Fest, Maggie Valley, NC 

January - June 2015  Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townshend TN


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