Educational Programs

Programs, Students at MHc

 

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The Mountain Heritage Center at WCU is a regional resource for education and research. We connect people with local history and culture and build bridges between WCU and the region. The Center works with youth and adult audiences through specially designed gallery, school, and outreach programs. Students discover how history relates to their own lives as they explore through our educational programs the many themes relevant to western North Carolina's past, present, and future.

Outreach Group Programs 

Hand holding a cornshuck doll

 

Programs are offered free of charge although assistance with travel is gratefully accepted. Help us provide a great program by sharing what your class is studying, any special needs your group has, and what you would like emphasized. Programs are developed in accordance with the North Carolina Essential Standards. These include Arts Education, English Language Arts, and Social Studies. A complete list is available for each program according to grade level. Contact us to set up a program. Please Note: We have a new school programs on Native Americans in western NC


NATIVE AMERICANS IN WESTERN NC - TRAVELING TRUNK

  • For: Schools, grades 2-5
  • Length: 2-4 Week Loan
  • Description: Learn about Cherokee and other Native Americans through stories, images, games, and contemporary, historic, and pre-historic artifacts.
  • Native American Trunk Packing List

A DAY IN THE LIFE - TRAVELING TRUNK

Packing List Day in the Life Traveling Trunk

Curriculum Box:

  • Black notebook with various inserts
  • Mountain Heritage Day CD
  • White notebook of Historic Documents

Storybook Box: 15 books

  • A is for Appalachia!
  • The Cabin Faced West
  • Cabin on Trouble Creek
  • George Washington's Breakfast
  • Historic Buildings of the Smokies
  • If you grew up with Abraham Lincoln
  • Our Vanishing Landscape
  • A Piece of the Smokies.
  • The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days.
  • Cobblestone. [Arts and Crafts of the Middle Atlantic Colonies]
  • Cobblestone. [The Cherokee Indians]
  • Cobblestone. [Genealogy: A personal History]
  • Cobblestone. [Old-time Schools in America]
  • Cobblestone. [Daniel Boone]
  • Cobblestone. [What is History]

Only the Names Remain box: 14 copies

Work Reproduction Box: 9 reproduction artifacts

  • Butter Mold
  • Butter Paddle
  • Corn shucking peg
  • Flint & Steel
  • Hog scraper
  • Horn Spoon
  • Horse bit
  • Lye soap
  • Ox shoe

Play Reproduction Box: 5 reproduction artifacts

  • Button on a string
  • Corn dart
  • Corn Husk doll
  • Gee Haw whimmy-diddle
  • Jacob’s Ladder

 

READING A QUILT - TRAVELING TRUNK

  • For: Grades K-6 
  • Length: 90 minutes 
  • Description: Learn how "reading" a quilt can uncover the past. Students will hear quilt-related stories and create a paper quilt square. They will also be introduced to quilt design, technology, and use. 

APPALACHIAN PASTIMES

  • For: Schools, grades 2-8 
  • Length: 1 hour 
  • Description: Explores how our ancestors passed the time on the back porch or out in the yard. What stories did they tell, what games did they play, and what toys did they make? Try making some toys and playing with others. 
    Appalachian Pastimes Pre and Post visit brochure

COVERING UP

  • For: Schools, grades 2-8 
  • Length: 1 hour 
  • Description: An introduction to the rich textile history of the southern Appalachian region. A hands-on experience engaging many senses. 

NATIVE AMERICANS IN WNC

HOEING AND HARVESTING

  • For: Schools, grades 2-12
  • Length: 1 hour 
  • Description: Agricultural traditions from native American to modern times. Includes large format photographs, artifacts, and hands-on experiences.  

NEW LIGHT ON OLD TIMES

A VISIT FROM A CIVIL WAR SOLDIER

  • For: Schools, grades 4-12
  • Length: 1 hour
  • Description: Hear about the experience of a Union or Confederate soldier who discusses equipment, tactics, and the homefront during the Civil War.

CATALOOCHEE: MOUNTAIN TOWN TO NATIONAL PARK

  • Length: 55 min
  • DescriptionIn this program, students will discover that the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park uprooted local communities in the 1930s. Through hands-on time-line and census activities, students will learn why the parks were created and the accompanying costs of their formation. The lesson will focus on historic Cataloochee Valley Township in Haywood County.
  • Cataloochee Valley program outline

If you have visited the Mountain Heritage Center recently or had one of our programs in your school and would like to comment on what you observed and experienced, please fill out this evaluation.


In-House Group Programs

Programs are developed in accordance with North Carolina's Essential Standards for Social Studies, Arts Education, and English Language Arts. A list is available for each program according to your class's level. Programs take place at the MHC and utilize its exhibits. 

  • Programs range from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
  • 1 adult chaperone required for every 15 students.
  • Help us provide a great program by telling us what your class is studying, any special needs your group has, and what you would like emphasized.
  • Contact us to set up a program or to work the Education Associate to customize a program for your class.

Current Exhibit Schedule


Settling Appalachia (Grades 2-8)

Length: 90 minutes 

Description: This introduction to the Center includes an exploration of the permanent Collecting for the Communityexhibit. Students will also examine artifacts for clues to the past and participate in role-playing exercises.

Solutions to Survival (Grades 2-6)

Length: 90 minutes 

Description: Students investigate themes that confront all people: food, shelter, clothing, and health. By examining artifacts from Native Americans and European settlers, students learn the meaning of self-reliance and consider life before cars and electricity.

Now and Long ago (Grades K-2)

  • Length: 1 hour 

    Description: Photographs and touchable artifacts are used to explore family life past and present.

reading a quilt (Grades K-6)

  • Length: 90 minutes 

    Description: Learn how "reading" a quilt can uncover the past. Students will hear quilt-related stories and create a paper quilt square. They will also be introduced to quilt design, technology, and use.

Native americans of western north carolina (Grades K-8)

  • Length: 1 hour
    Description: 
    Learn about Cherokee and other Native Americans through stories, images, games, and artifacts. 

what's new at the center (All ages)

  • Length: up to 90 minutes 

    Description: Take an interactive tour of the Center's latest exhibits. Touchable artifacts and a gallery scavenger hunt are included in the tour.

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