Our exhibits interpret mountain life and the natural world, past and present. Temporary exhibits have been produced around themes such as blacksmithing, Cherokee legends, and southern Appalachian handicrafts. Traveling exhibits look at North Carolina's State Dog, explorer William Bartram, Decoration Day traditions, and more.
On Display May 29 - September 29, 2023
The Mountain Heritage Center has a remarkable collection of these 19th and early 20th century woven textiles. The process from sheep and flax or cotton plant to a finished product the size of a large blanket is long and arduous. Yet the skill and care involved in making these artifacts resulted in visually striking works of art. Learn about coverlet making before the Civil War where it was a necessity for warmth in homes. Also learn about coverlets and their role in the Craft Revival.
On permanent display.
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.
MHC second floor gallery at Hunter Library, M – F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Opening Wednesday, October 18, 2023
What role have masks played in wider efforts to keep cultural identity Cherokee-determined? The upcoming exhibit at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center examines Cherokee cultural self-determination over the last century through one of its most iconic art forms.