Contact the Mountain Heritage Center

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Let us hear from you!

We'd love to receive your questions, comments, or suggestions. Please give us a call at 828-227-7129 or drop us an email.


176 Central Drive
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723


Mailing Address

Mountain Heritage Center |  176 Central Drive #240 Western Carolina University | Cullowhee, NC  | 28723


Mountain Heritage Center at Hunter Library:
10am – 4pm Monday through Friday, Until 7pm on Thursdays

Second Floor Gallery at Hunter Library:
8am – 5pm Monday through Friday

Center Staff

The Mountain Heritage Center Staff Offices are located in Hunter Library #240, across the exhibit lobby from the elevator. Please feel free to come by and ask questions!

collections manager - Loran Berg

Loran Berg received his Masters in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He has worked in a variety of roles in the museum field including collections management, archives, exhibits, and as a preparator.


Education Associate Peter Koch holds an M.A. in public history from North Carolina State University and is the President of the North Carolina Museums Council. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Jackson County's Junior Appalachian Musicians program. Please contact him if you would like more information on educational programs or volunteer opportunities.

Director - PAM MEISTER

Pam Meister has served as executive director of the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and as director, curator and educator at museums throughout the southeast. Pam has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University, Georgia College & State University, West Georgia College, and UNC-Charlotte, teaching Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management since 1993. She is an active Peer Reviewer for the American Association of Museums, and a founding faculty member of SEMC’s annual Jekyll Island Management Institute. She holds a B.A. degree in Theatre (with a minor in History) from the University of New Orleans, and a M.F. A. in Arts Management from the University of Georgia.

OFFICE MANAGER - Lois stiles

Lois Stiles is a native of Cullowhee, NC. She has worked at Western Carolina University for eleven years in the Educational Outreach Department before excepting the position as the office manager for MHC. 

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