A new exhibit, “Digital Heritage,” will be on display in Gallery C of Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center through May.
Capitalizing on the museum’s Web project, DigitalHeritage.org, the exhibit features aspects of Appalachian culture and traditions from the website and from Mountain Heritage Center’s collections. Among the topics addressed are orchards and apple butter, Christmas trees, subsistence farming, old-time music and the Folkmoot festival.
The Digital Heritage project is a museum-led collaboration that involves WCU faculty and students, along with members of the local community. Students have contributed music, radio scripts, video interviews, images, essays and documentaries, and have assisted with research, transcriptions and storyboard creation. Faculty members have written scripts, supervised student work, provided technical expertise and served as the on-air voice for radio broadcasts, while members of the community have shared their knowledge through interviews and have provided essays and photographs.
The new exhibit features a selection of “Digital Heritage Moments” as heard on local radio, with the addition of historic images and artifacts from the museum’s collection to enrich understanding of each topic.
The exhibit was developed and constructed by Mountain Heritage Center intern Katie Jones of Franklinville, a junior double-majoring in history and anthropology. Jones selected the topics, artifacts and images to be used and researched and wrote labels, designed the exhibit panels, and cleaned and mounted artifacts for display.
The museum is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. Admission is free and visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (except open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, June through October.
For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at (828)227-7129.