About Us

Our Mission: The Mountain Heritage Center is a museum that engages WCU and the wider community in the study, preservation and celebration of southern Appalachia’s cultural heritage and history.

  • We CONNECT people with local history and culture.
  • We BUILD BRIDGES between the university and the regional community.
  • We SERVE as a cultural resource for the region. 

Join us at the Mountain Heritage Center -- celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachians. Through our exhibitspublicationseducational programs, and events, you'll discover the rich traditions of the mountains, see the Appalachian region from new perspectives, and come away with an enhanced understanding of its land, culture, and people.

 Browse the links below and find out more about our beginnings, our people, and our partnerships.


Western Carolina University creates learning opportunities that incorporate teaching, research, service, and engagement through on campus, off campus, on-line and international experiences. The university focuses its undergraduate, master's and three doctoral programs, educational outreach, research, creative, and cultural activities to sustain and improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in Western Carolina and beyond.


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