Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is unveiling new exhibits that highlight two big milestones that are happening this year – the 125th anniversary of the university’s founding and the 40th anniversary of WCU’s fall celebration of mountain culture, Mountain Heritage Day.
An exhibit titled “The Dearest Spot of All: Western Carolina University’s 125th Anniversary” showcases the development and growth of the university over the decades, with artifacts and memorabilia that tell the stories of the many dedicated individuals who shaped the institution into the multifaceted regional university that it is today.
The exhibit examines WCU’s relationship with surrounding communities and the development of its athletics program. On the lighter side, it also traces changes in student life with artifacts such as May Day costumes and vintage cheerleader and mascot uniforms. Other items on display include an array of athletics championship rings and the 2009 Sudler Trophy that was won by the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.