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, the tradition of Decoration Day, and more.

Gallery Exhibits

The Mountain Heritage Center galleries are open Monday through Friday. The galleries are at located at Hunter Library 161 (beside Java City) and Hunter Library Second Floor. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129. 

The Way We Worked

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Through November 7, 2018:  Mountain Heritage Center gallery at Hunter Library 161, M – F 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  

also, Saturday Sept. 29 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturdays Oct. 13, 27, Nov 3 12:00 - 4:00 pm

This exhibit showcases National Archives photographs that depict many aspects of work, from clothing worn, the locations and conditions of work, and workplace conflict. The photos also document a workforce shaped by many factors ― immigration and ethnicity, slavery and racial segregation, wage labor and technology, gender roles and class ― as well as by the American ideals of freedom and equality.

In addition to the photos, the exhibit includes audio, allowing visitors to hear excerpts from interviews with workers who describe what it was like to be a glove maker in the 1890s, a packinghouse worker in the 1930s, or a coal miner in the early 20th century. A video showing a variety of workplaces and a selection of work songs completes the experience. 

Discovering Appalachia

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Through May 14, 2019: MHC second floor gallery at Hunter Library 161, M – F 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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.

Hunter Library first floor

Cherokee Voting Rights

Exhibit that tells the long story of the Cherokee people's struggle to gain the right to vote. It covers issues of citizenship, sovereignty, and veteran activism.

Online Exhibits 


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